LEGISLATION

Below you will find the bills and resolutions I introduced for the 2017 Legislative session.  If you’d like to learn more about the priorities I’m focused on click:

 
 
 
 
 
 

Below are the bills I worked on during the 2017 Legislative Session:

HB17-1004 | College Credit For Military Education And Training

The bill requires the Colorado commission on higher education, in consultation with state institutions of higher education, to create a statewide metric for awarding college credit for measurable military education and training that is applicable to the completion of a post secondary degree or certificate. Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, institutions of higher education shall award credit for military education and training pursuant to the statewide metric. During the regular legislative session prior to its implementation, the department of higher education shall report to the general assembly on the statewide metric for military credit.

STATUS – PASSED! GOVERNOR SIGNED INTO LAW

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HJR17-1009 | 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Concerning commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

STATUS – PASSED IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE

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HJR17-1013 | Rescind Executive Order Regarding Immigration

Urging the immediate rescission of the executive order regarding the entry of foreign nationals into the United States that was issued by the President of the United States on January 27, 2017.

STATUS – PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE, POSTPONED INDEFINITELY OR ‘KILLED’ IN THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS

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HJR17-1027 | Holocaust Awareness Week

Concerning the declaration of April 23, 2017, through April 29, 2017, as ‘Holocaust Awareness Week’.

STATUS – PASSED IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE

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HB17-1126 | Medicaid Appeal Review Legal Notice Requirements

The bill requires the administrative law judge hearing medicaid appeals to review the legal sufficiency of the notice of action from which the recipient is appealing at the commencement of the appeal hearing if the notice of action concerns the termination or reduction of an existing benefit. If the notice is legally insufficient, the judge shall advise the appellant that he or she may waive the defense of insufficient notice and proceed to a hearing on the merits or may ask the judge to decide the appeal based on the judge’s finding of insufficiency. The judge shall advise the appellant that a legally sufficient notice may be issued in the future and that the state may recoup benefits from the appellant.

The provisions of the bill apply to hearings conducted on and after a certain date.

STATUS – PASSED! GOVERNOR SIGNED INTO LAW

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HB17-1139 | Medicaid Provider Compliance Billing Safety Rules

The bill subjects a provider of medicaid services to a civil monetary penalty if the provider improperly bills or seeks collection from a medicaid recipient or the estate of a medicaid recipient.

In addition, the bill allows the department of health care policy and financing (department) to require a corrective action plan from any provider who fails to comply with rules, manuals, or bulletins issued by the department, the medical services board, or the department’s fiscal agent or from a provider whose activities endanger the health, safety, or welfare of a medicaid recipient. Based on good cause, the department may suspend the enrollment of a medicaid provider for a period of time set forth in the bill. The provider has the right to appeal the suspension administratively.

STATUS – PASSED! GOVERNOR SIGNED INTO LAW

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HB17-1149 | Army Special Forces License Plate

Currently, the department of revenue issues special license plates to members and veterans of the United States Army special forces. The plates are restricted to people whose orders or DD214 form show an awarded prefix ‘3’ or suffix ‘S’ or a designation of ‘5G’, 18/180 series MOS, special forces tab, OSS, or UNPIK-8240. The bill removes the ability to get the special license plate based on an awarded ‘S’ suffix.

STATUS – PASSED! GOVERNOR SIGNED INTO LAW

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HB17-1280 | Disability Trusts 21st Century Cures Act Language

The bill conforms Colorado statutory language relating to the creation of a disability trust to conform to the language established in the federal ’21st Century Cures Act’. Specifically, it clarifies that the individual who is the beneficiary of a disability trust can also be the person who establishes such trust.

STATUS – PASSED! GOVERNOR SIGNED INTO LAW

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HB17-1301 | No Withholding Student Transcripts For Library Fines

The bill removes the authority of a board of education of a school district, a charter school, an institute charter school, and a school operated by a board of cooperative services (local education provider) to withhold records required for enrollment in another school or institution of higher education or a student’s grades, transcripts, or diploma for failure to pay any fine or fee assessed by the local education provider, to return or replace textbooks or library resources, or to return other school property. The local education provider shall make reasonable efforts to obtain payment of an assessed fee or fine or payment for lost or damaged textbooks, library resources, or other school property.

STATUS – PASSED! GOVERNOR SIGNED INTO LAW

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HB17-1311 | Seller’s Disclosure Estimated Future Property Tax

No later than January 1, 2018, the bill requires the property tax administrator to make available a tool to estimate residential property taxes on the division of property taxation’s website.

STATUS – POSTPONED INDEFINITELY OR ‘KILLED’ IN THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

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HB17-1320 | Age Of Consent Outpatient Psychotherapy For Minors

The bill lowers the age of consent from 15 years of age and older to 12 years of age and older for a minor to seek and obtain outpatient psychotherapy services from a licensed mental health professional. The bill allows a minor 10 years of age or older to receive such outpatient psychotherapy services without the consent of his or her parent or guardian. The licensed mental health professional is immune from civil or criminal liability for providing outpatient psychotherapy services unless he or she acts negligently or outside the scope of his or her practice.

STATUS – POSTPONED INDEFINITELY OR ‘KILLED’ IN THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS

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SB17-111 | Medical Marijuana Inventory Shortfall Fixes

The medical marijuana system is a vertically integrated regulatory scheme, meaning a medical marijuana center must grow the marijuana that it sells. There is one exception to the vertically integrated market: A medical marijuana center can sell to or buy from other medical marijuana licensees up to 30% of its inventory. The bill changes the 30% limit to 50%. The bill states that a medical marijuana center may transfer medical marijuana to another medical marijuana licensee if the licensees have a common owner without the medical marijuana counting towards the 50% limit.

STATUS – GOVERNOR VETOED

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SB17-217 | Sunset Board Of Veterans Community Living Centers

Sunset Process – Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the sunset review and report on the Colorado board of commissioners of veterans community living centers by eliminating the repeal date of the board and extending the board indefinitely.

STATUS – PASSED! GOVERNOR SIGNED INTO LAW

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SB17-246 | Legislative Committee Person With Mental Health Disorder Justice System

The bill changes the name of the ‘legislative oversight committee concerning the treatment of persons with mental illness in the criminal and juvenile justice systems’ to the ‘legislative oversight committee concerning the treatment of persons with mental health disorders in the criminal and juvenile justice systems’. The bill makes a corresponding change to the associated task force and cash fund. The bill also modernizes terminology related to mental health disorders.

STATUS – PASSED! GOVERNOR SIGNED INTO LAW

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