Colorado Legislative Update for Businesses April 11, 2018

Colorado Legislation Update April 11, 2018

HB18-1278 (Benavidez (D) | Moreno (D)) – Apprentice Utilization in Public Projects (Kelli)

The bill requires the contractor for any public project not already subject to the federal Davis-Bacon Act to use registered apprentices for at least 25% of the workforce in an apprenticeable occupation on that public project.

 

HB18-1282 (Lontine (D) & Sias (R) | Smallwood (R) & Kefalas (D)) – Concerning A Requirement That A Health Care Provider Include Certain Identifying Information On All Claims For Reimbursement For Health Care Services (Patrick)

This bill requires every off-campus location of a hospital to provide a national provider identifier on every claim for reimbursement regardless of where the claim is filed.  The bill also requires such information for all Medicaid providers that are institutions.  This bill would enable payers to determine if they were being billed for services by a hospital Emergency Room or a Free Standing Emergency Department.  This should reduce the incidence of overcharging of patients and insurers for services.

 

 

HB18-1298 (Petterson (D) & Bridges (D)| Donovan (D) & Todd (D)) – Colorado Secure Savings Plan (Jeff)

Requires businesses with 5 or more employees that does not offer a qualified retirement plan to withhold and remit employee contributions to a state-run IRA retirement plan. Employees may opt-out of the program, but employers may not.

 

HB18-1312 (Hansen (D) & Herod (D) | Donovan (D) — Open Internet Customer Protections In Colorado (Jeff)

The bill creates state-level “Net Neutrality” enforcement after the FCC returned jurisdiction over this issue to the FTC. The bill prohibits an Internet service provider that violates net neutrality standards from receiving state phone or broadband subsidies. The bill gives that determination, and therefore authority, to the Public Utilities Commission, whereas the PUC today has no oversight of the Internet.

 

HB18-1316 (Pabon (D) & Exum (D) | Cooke (R) & Williams (D)) – Extend Colorado Department Of Labor And Employment Skilled Worker, Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Grant Program (Jeff)

The WORK Act was the largest part of the 2015 bi-partisan workforce package. This bill extends this program that provides CDLE matching grants to industry organizations for the recruitment of students to attend career and tech ed programs. The WORK Act has a good track record, leading to over 1,000 new employees for the construction industry, for instance, and this bill directs the department to prioritize grants to past recipients with proven results.