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Below are the 2017 Colorado Legislative Bills that Business & Professional Women of Colorado (BPW Colorado) as an organization has supported or opposed.

 
For more information about each Bill, please click on the associated link next to it.


Bills Supported

  • SB17-009        Business Personal Property Tax Exemption (Crowder)

    Link:  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-009

    Senate Finance - passed; to Senate Appropriations

    The bill triples the exemption from property tax for business personal property that would otherwise be listed on a single personal property schedule from $7,300 to $21,900 for the next 2 property tax years and adjusts it for inflation for subsequent property tax cycles.

  • SB17-051        Revisions to Victims' Rights Laws (Fields & Gardner/Foote)

    Link: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-051

    Passed Senate & House

    The bill makes various amendments to statutes concerning the rights of crime victims, including violation of a protection order issued against a person charged with stalking, and posting a private image for harassment or for pecuniary gain.  The bill also makes various changes to the timing of parole board hearings, court proceedings for mentally ill people, and information to be given to mentally ill people and those on parole. 

  • SB17-057        Colo. Healthcare Affordability & Sustainability Enterprise (Guzman)

    Link:  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-057

    Senate Finance

    This bill makes the Hospital Provider Fee an enterprise and thus exempt under TABOR.

  • SB17-088 - Participating Provider Network Selection Criteria (A. Williams & Holbert/VanWinkle & Hooton)

    Link:  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-088

    Passed Senate & House

    This bill requires a health insurer/carrier to develop and set standards for selecting and tiering its network of providers.  It prevents a carrier from discriminating against high-risk patients and from excluding providers that treat high-risk patients.

  • HB17-1001     Employee Leave Attend Child's Activities (Buckner/Kerr)

    Link:  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1001

    House - passed

    The bill recreates and reenacts the Parental Involvement in K-12 Education Act, which allowed an employee who is subject to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to take leave from work for the purpose of attending academic activities for or with the employee's child.  Academic activities include parent-teacher conferences or meetings related to special education services, interventions, dropout prevention, attendance, truancy, or discipline issues.  Leave is limited to 6 hours per month and 18 hours in any academic year.  The bill requires school districts to provide information about the law on their website.  The new law has no repeal date.

  • HB17-1002     Child Care Expenses Income Tax Credit Extension (Pettersen & Exum/Kerr)

    Link:  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1002

    House Finance - passed; to Appropriations

    The bill extends for 3 more years the income tax credit that allows individuals who have a federal adjusted gross income of $25,000 or less to claim a refundable state income tax credit for child care expenses.  The tax credit is equal to 25% of eligible child care expenses that the individual incurred during the taxable year, up to a maximum amount of $500 for a single dependent or $1,000 for 2 or more dependents.

  • HB17-1035     Sex Assault & Stalking Victims May Break Leases (Jackson/Cooke)

    Link:  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1035

    Passed House & Senate

    Under current law, if a tenant notifies his or her landlord in writing that he or she is the victim of domestic violence or domestic abuse and provides to the landlord evidence in the form of a police report written within the prior 60 days or a valid protection order, and the tenant seeks to vacate the premises due to fear of imminent danger for self or children, then the tenant may terminate the rental agreement or lease and vacate the premises with minimal remaining obligations. The bill extends this privilege to victims of unlawful sexual behavior and stalking.

  • HB17-1119     Payment of Workers' Compensation Benefits (Kraft-Tharp & Sias/Jahn & Tate)

    Link:  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1119

    House Business Affairs - passed; to House Finance

    The bill creates the Colorado Uninsured Employer Act to create a new mechanism for the payment of covered claims to workers who are injured while employed by employers who do not carry workers' compensation insurance.  The bill creates a fund to pay these claims, which consists of penalties from employers who do not carry workers' compensation insurance.  The bill creates a board to establish the criteria for the payment of benefits, set rates, adjust claims, and adopt rules.

  • HB17-1150     No Bail for Stalking & Domestic Violence Offenders (Navarro)

    Link: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1150

    House- passed; to Senate State Affairs

    Current law allows a court to grant bail after a person is convicted, pending sentencing or appeal; except that no bail is allowed for persons convicted of certain specific crimes. To this list of crimes the bill adds stalking and felony offenses for which acts of domestic violence are the underlying factual basis.

  • HB17-1188 - Harassment Sexual Orientation or Disability (Foote/Coram & Moreno)

    Link: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1188

    House- passed; Senate State Affairs - passed

    The bill adds physical or mental disability and sexual orientation to the categories described in the harassment statute to make the statute consistent with Colorado's law concerning bias-motivated crimes.  (Colorado's law concerning bias-motivated crimes prohibits the intimidation or harassment of another person because of that person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.  However, Colorado's harassment statute makes harassment a class 1 misdemeanor if the offender commits harassment with the intent to intimidate or harass another person because of that person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, or national origin.)

  • HB17-1235 - Financial Relief Defray Individual Health Plan Cost (Mitsch Bush & Hamner/Coram & Crowder)

Link: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1235

House Health, Insurance & Environment - passed; to Appropriations
The bill creates a financial relief program, available through December 31, 2018, to provide financial assistance to individuals and their families who spend more than 15% of their household income on individual health insurance premiums.  The Colorado Health Benefit Exchange is to oversee the program.  Financial relief is available to individuals and families determined eligible based on a household income of more than 400%, but not more than 500%, of the federal poverty line; lack of access to Medicaid or Medicare or an affordable employer-sponsored plan; or paying more than 15% of the household income on premiums for the plan.

  • HB17-1256 - Oil & Gas Facilities Distance From School Property (Foote)

    Link: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1256

    House- passed; to Senate State Affairs

    Current law allows a court to grant bail after a person is convicted, pending sentencing or appeal; except that no bail is allowed for persons convicted of certain specific crimes. To this list of crimes the bill adds stalking and felony offenses for which acts of domestic violence are the underlying factual basis.

HB17-1269 -Repeal Prohibition of Wage Sharing Information (Danielson & Nordberg/Donovan & Martinez Humenik)

Link: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1269

House- passed; to Senate Business, Labor & Technology

The bill removes the exemption to the law on discriminatory and unfair labor practices for an employer to discharge, discipline, discriminate against, coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with any employee or other person because the employee inquired about, disclosed, compared, or otherwise discussed the employee's wages, thereby providing wage transparency protections to all employees.

HB17-1306 -Test Lead in Public Schools' Drinking Water (Exum & McLachlan)

Link: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1306

House Education

The bill directs the Department of Public Health and Environment to establish a grant program to test for lead in public schools' drinking water. CDPHE will give the highest priority to the oldest public elementary schools, then the oldest public schools that are not elementary schools, and then all other public schools. CDPHE may also consider ability to pay in administering the program. CDPHE is directed to use its best efforts to complete all testing and analysis by June 30, 2020. The public school must provide at least 10% local matching funds and give the test results to its local public health agency, its supplier of water, its school board, and CDPHE, which may use up to $300,000 per year for 3 years for grants beginning on or after July 1, 2017, from the Water Quality Improvement Fund if there is money available after fully funding existing programs.

HB17-1307 - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program Wage Replacement (Winter)

Link: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1307

House Business Affairs & Labor

The bill creates the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program in the Division of FAMLI in the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to provide partial wage-replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from work to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition or who is unable to work due to the individual's own serious health condition. Each employee in the state will pay a premium determined by the director of the division by rule, which premium is based on a percentage of the employee's yearly wages and must not exceed 0.99%. The premiums are deposited into the FAMLI Fund from which family and medical leave benefits are paid to eligible individuals. The director may also impose a solvency surcharge by rule if determined necessary to ensure the soundness of the fund. The division is established as an enterprise, and premiums paid into the fund are not considered state revenues for purposes of the taxpayer's bill of rights (TABOR).

HB17-1322 – Domestic Violence Reports by Medical Professionals (Esgar & Landgraf/Donovan)
Link: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1322
House Judiciary

Current law requires any licensed physician, physician assistant, or anesthesiologist assistant (licensee) who attends or treats any of certain injuries, including injuries resulting from domestic violence, to report the injury within 24 hours to the police or sheriff of the city, town, or county in which the licensee is located. The bill states that a licensee shall not report an injury that the licensee has reason to believe involves an act of domestic violence if the victim is at least 18 years of age and indicates his or her preference that the injury not be reported, the injury is not one that the licensee is otherwise required to report, the licensee has no reason to believe that the injury involves a criminal act other than domestic violence, and the licensee has referred the victim to a victim's advocate.


Bills Opposed


  • SB17-003        Repeal Colorado Health Benefit Exchange (Smallwood/P.Neville)

    Link:  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-003

    Senate Finance - passed; Senate Appropriations - passed

    The bill repeals the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act, effective January 1, 2018, and allows the exchange to continue for one year for the purpose of winding up its affairs.

  • SB17-004        Access to Providers for Medicaid Recipients (Tate/Wist)

    Link:  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-004

    Senate Health & Human Services - passed; to House State Affairs

    The bill eliminates the exemption for Medicaid recipients from paying for the cost of services by a medical provider or the cost remaining after payment by Medicaid or another private insurer, regardless of whether the medical provider is enrolled in Medicaid, so that the prohibition on charging Medicaid recipients for medical services applies only if the medical provider is enrolled in Medicaid. 

SB17-284 – A Woman’s Right to Accurate Health Care Information (Lundberg & Marble/Ransom & Saine)
Link:  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-284
Senate State Affairs – passed; to Appropriations
The bill requires that women be given information regarding their pregnancies and health care options at least 24 hours before an abortion can be performed; any medical professionals who do not comply will face criminal charges. The bill refers to a fetus as an “unborn child.” The bill gives women seeking an abortion a choice between an abdominal or vaginal ultrasound [but allows women to make this choice rather than health professionals] and allows the ultrasound to be performed by any provider of ultrasound technology that will provide the service free of charge [such as Crisis Pregnancy Centers that are unregulated, private businesses politically motivated to convince women not to have an abortion]. The bill puts the oversight of clinic regulations under the Attorney General rather than the Department of Health.