2017 Colorado General Assembly Bills of Interest

The AAUW Colorado Public Policy Committee deliberates state bills of interest per the 2015-2017 AAUW Public Policy Program and assigns stances in alignment and per capacity to lobby. We activate our volunteer lobby corps and encourage constituent advocacy on bills with “actively support” or “actively oppose” positions. For bills assigned “support” or “oppose,” we encourage constituent advocacy. As for bills with a “monitor” stance, the committee follows them and may recommend stance review downstream.

For additional bill information and legislator contact info, please click leg.colorado.gov.

ACTIVELY SUPPORT

  • House Bill 17-1001 (Employee Leave Attend Child’s Academic Activities) — Businesses with at least 50 employees, up to 18 hours per employee of unpaid leave Postponed Indefinitely
  • House Bill 17-1002 (Child Care Expenses Income Tax Credit Extension) — Extension for persons with gross income under $25,000. Refundable tax credit. Maximum $500 for 1 dependent, $1,000 for 2 or more dependents Signed by Governor, applying in tax years 2018, 2019, and 2020

SUPPORT

  • Senate Bill 17-067 (Educator Effectiveness 50% Student Academic Growth) — Reduces from 50% to 20% Postponed Indefinitely
  • Senate Bill 17-102 (Prohibit Use Of Certain Student Personal Information) — Specifically citizenship status or religion of the student’s family Postponed Indefinitely
  • Senate Bill 17-118 (Information On Private Occupational Schools) — Must be provided to prospective students and includes completion rates, post grad employment, student debt, etc. Postponed Indefinitely
  • Senate Bill 17-126 (Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board) — Created in the Department of Law to review statewide data and present a report by December 1, 2018 on recommendations on reducing the incidence of domestic violence Signed by Governor
  • Senate Bill 17-128 (Higher Education Behavior Policies) — On violations of codes of behavior. Higher education institutions receiving college opportunity fund dollars must develop policies on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, hate crimes, and publish handbook. Postponed Indefinitely
  • Senate Bill 17-142 (Breast Density Notification Required) Signed by Governor
  • Senate Bill 17-193 (Research Center Prevention Substance Abuse Addiction) Signed by Governor
  • House Bill 17-1021 (Wage Theft Transparency Act) Signed by Governor
  • House Bill 17-1038 (Prohibit Corporal Punishment Of Children) — Applies to employees or volunteers in public school, state-licensed child care centers, licensed child care homes, and specialized group facilities Postponed Indefinitely
  • House Bill 17-1068 (Prevailing Wages For CDOT Colorado Department Of Transportation Public-private Initiatives) — Concerning a requirement that the department of transportation consider only proposals for public-private initiatives that will pay prevailing wages for construction labor Postponed Indefinitely
  • House Bill 17-1072 (Human Trafficking Sexual Servitude) — Adds “purchase” of person to definition. Offender must go on sex offender registry. Adds adults to victims. Signed by Governor
  • House Bill 17-1116 (Continue Low-income Household Energy Assistance) — By removing sunset Signed by Governor
  • House Bill 17-1121 (Patient Safety Act) — In part, requires fingerprint-based background check for select healthcare professional licenses Postponed Indefinitely
  • House Bill 17-1122 (Gender Identification on Birth Certificates) — New rules for issuance of new birth certificates for those whose gender assigned at birth differs from current gender Postponed Indefinitely
  • House Bill 17-1156 (Prohibits Conversion Therapy Mental Health Provider) Postponed Indefinitely
  • House Bill 17-1184 (Modern Technology Education In Public Schools) Signed by Governor
  • House Bill 17-1185 (Reports Of Suspected Child Abuse Or Neglect) Signed by Governor
  • House Bill 17-1186 (Health Coverage Prescription Contraceptives Supply) Signed by Governor
  • House Bill 17-1188 (Harassment Sexual Orientation Or Disability) Signed by Governor
  • House Bill 17-1269 (Repeal Prohibition Of Wage Sharing Information) Signed by Governor
  • House Bill 17-1305 (Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries) Postponed Indefinitely
  • House Bill 17-1307 (Family And Medical Leave Insurance Program Wage Replacement) Postponed Indefinitely
  • House Bill 17-1309 (Documentary Fee To Fund Affordable Housing) Postponed Indefinitely

ACTIVELY OPPOSE

  • Senate Bill 17-039 (Education Income Tax Credits For Nonpublic School) Postponed Indefinitely
  • Senate Bill 17-284 (A Woman’s Right To Accurate Health Care Information) Lost
  • House Bill 17-1085 (Women’s Health Protection Act) — TRAP bill that adds unnecessary regulations and requirement on “abortion clinics” and doctors who practice there  Postponed Indefinitely
  • House Bill 17-1086 (Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act)  Postponed Indefinitely
  • House Bill 17-1099 (No Funding Trafficking Aborted Human Body Parts) — No funding for higher education institutions that engage in trafficking of aborted human body parts, i.e. fetal tissue Postponed Indefinitely
  • House Bill 17-1108 (Protect Human Life At Conception) — Personhood for fetus  Postponed Indefinitely

OPPOSE

MONITOR

  • Senate Bill 17-107 (Reward Access To Arts Education In Public Schools) — Additional accreditation points for such schools Lost
  • Senate Bill 17-114 (Accountability For School Districts & Schools) — Greatest emphasis on academic growth indicator Postponed Indefinitely
  • Senate Bill 17-123 (Seal of Biliteracy For High School Diplomas) — Sets high standards for eligibility for this recognition Signed by Governor
  • House Bill 17-1003 (Strategic Plan To Address Teacher Shortages) — CDHE and CDE to create the plan in coordination with other stakeholders Signed by Governor
  • House Bill 17-1042 (Increasing Funding For Full-day Kindergarten) Lost
  • House Bill 17-1127 (Exemption Feminine Hygiene Products From Sales Tax) Postponed Indefinitely
  • House Bill 17-1172 (Penalties For Child Sex Traffickers) Signed by Governor

2017 AAUW Colorado Public Policy – End of Session Lobby Corps Report

First the good news.

Two bills we supported dealing with workplace issues that affect women have passed by the legislature.  HB 17-1021 Wage Theft Transparency (Rep. Danielson – Sen. Cooke) requires disclosure of information of wage theft by employer.  HB 17-1269 Repeal Prohibition on Wage Sharing Information (Reps. Danielson & Nordberg – Sens. Martinez Humenik & Donovan) allows all employees to share information about their wages with other employees.

On the Reproductive Health Agenda, HB 17-1186 (Petterson & Landgraf – Coram) passed to allow dispensing a 12-month supply of oral contraceptives and contraceptive rings after an initial 3-month supply to determine the correct prescription for the patient.  This is a convenience that assures consistent use and also allows for extended absence from home for the patient.

Five bills that we actively opposed that interfered with a woman’s reproductive health and rights were killed.  All had misleading titles that supposedly helped women, but did the opposite.  HB 17-1085 (Rep. P. Neville) Women’s Health Protection Act (actually targeted restriction of abortion providers) , HB 17-1086 (Reps. Everitt & Nordberg – Sen. Marble) Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act requiring State to dispense information that is not evidence based,  HB 17-1099 (Rep. Leonard) No funding for Aborted Human Body Parts, assumed Higher Ed facilities were purchasing aborted fetal tissue, and HB 17-1108 (Reps. Humphrey & Ransom – Sen. T. Neville) Protect Human Life at Conception (actually personhood and outlaw abortion) were all killed in the House Health Insurance and Environment Committee..  SB 17-284 (Sens. Marble & Lundberg – Reps. Saine & Ransom) A Woman’s Right to Accurate Health Care Information, was a late bill that included provisions of several bills supported nationally by Americans United for Life, including several provisions of the house bills.  It passed Senate State Affairs committee and lost on a second reading vote of 20-14.

SB 17-039 (Sen. Lundberg – Rep. Ransom) Education Income Tax Credits for Nonpublic Schools was killed in theHouse.  We Actively Opposed the bill.

Funding for STEM resources and special diploma endorsements for STEM and Bi-literacy passed.

The less than great news.

Several education bills and civil rights bills we supported died.  Many will likely be introduced again.  HB 17-1001 (Rep. Buckner – Sen. Kerr) Employee Leave to Attend Child’s Academic Activity, an AAUW high priority bill was killed in Senate State Affairs Committee.

Education

While we did not take a position on the School Finance Act, the bill passed at the end of session along with a compromise bill on the sharing of local mill levy override dollars, a practice that many school districts already use.  Increased funding for STEM resources will be available to public schools, as well as special diploma endorsements for STEM and bi-literacy.