April 27 Installment
HB16-1388 – (McCann-D) Employer Hiring Criminal History Employee (Jeff)
Under this so-called “Ban the Box” bill, an employer may not prohibit applicants with a criminal history from applying for a job, ask applicants about criminal history or perform a criminal background check until the applicant is offered an interview. The bill provides for an administrative remedy.
HB16-1425 - (Hamner-D | Roberts-R) Immunization Records For Temporary Child Care (Kelli)
This bill eliminates the current requirement that child care facilities obtain immunization records for all children in their care that attend for short-terms stays. The bill requires the child care facilities to provide notice to parents that the facility allows short-term enrollees without proof of immunization. This bill would allow the state's ski resorts to continue to offer short-term stay child care services for their guests, a critical competitive advantage for the industry.
HB16-1430 - (Lebsock-D) Oil & Gas Operators Share Development Plans with Local Gov (Scott)
This bill would expand notice requirements from cities to counties in an attempt to dramatically expand the number of folks raising objections to oil and gas development that does not impact them. This was rejected at all levels at both the task force and commission.
HB16-1435 – (Duran-D & K. Becker-D | Kefalas-D & Ulibarri-D) Low Wage Employer Responsibility Act (Travis)
HB 1435 establishes an enterprise to be funded by an hourly assessment, of $.25 to $1.00 per hour per low-wage employee, on employers who pay employees less than $12/hour. The enterprise would be administered by a board appointed by the governor which includes labor, business and employee representatives. The fund is established to offset healthcare costs incurred by the low wage workers and would be administered by the Department of Health Care Policy and Finance. This new mandate on employers would put Colorado at a tremendous disadvantage as compared with other states – no other states have such a program in place.
HB16-1438 - (Winter-D | Martinez Humenik-R) Provision of Reasonable Accommodations by an Employer for Persons who have a Condition Related to Pregnancy (Jeff)
HB 1438 requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees in a timely fashion after receiving a not from a qualified healthcare provider. Under the bill an employer engages in an unfair employment practice if they do not comply with the law and may be subject to accompanying penalties.
HB16-1441 – (Tyler –D | Jones-D) PUC Consider Full Cost Carbon for Elec Generation (Scott)
This bill would require the PUC to account for the cost of greenhouse gases when looking at a utility’s proposal. This would include future environmental regulations as well as the present and future costs per ton of GH gas emissions that are based on national and regional markets for Colorado. This requirement would put Colorado well outside the main stream.
SB16-183 - (Scheffel-R & Kerr-D | Williams-D & Lawrence-R) Clarify Portion of 911 Call Subject To PUC Regulation (Jeff)
Amends the 2014 telecom deregulation bill eliminating PUC jurisdiction over IP-enabled services to clarify the jurisdiction retained by the PUC over 911 services.
SCR16-004 - (Ulibarri-D) Real Estate Transfer Tax for Affordable Housing (Patrick)
This would send an initiative to the ballot to implement a transfer tax on all real estate transactions. The taxes raised from this will be used to finance affordable housing and repeals this transfer tax section from TABOR.