04-30-18 CO Governor Hickenlooper signs bills into law

CO Governor Hickenlooper signs bills into law

DENVER — Monday, April 30, 2018 Gov. John Hickenlooper signed these bills into law today. Among today’s bill were HB 18-1322, the Long Appropriation Act and HB 18-1323, funding three Pay for Success projects.

The Long Appropriation Act, also known as the long bill, sets the state budget for the coming fiscal year. Our better-than-expected state forecast allows us to strengthen key areas of the budget including K-12 education and higher education. You can find the letter that accompanies the long bill here. Highlights of the 2018-2019 budget include:

  • Funding K-12 education with $150 million above enrollment and inflation.

  • Rural schools receive an additional $30 million.

  • Higher Education receives more than $75 million.

“The FY 2018-19 budget, along with the accompanying legislative package, reflects the spirit of collaboration and compromise among the members of the General Assembly and many other individuals that have worked tirelessly over the last several months to pass a balanced budget that benefits the entire state,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “The current economic vibrancy we are experiencing allows us to allocate new resources to several important priorities and initiatives.”

The Pay for Success Contracts bill (HB 18-1323) is an innovative effort by the State of Colorado  to try a new approach to supporting public programs. Private and philanthropic partnerships provide upfront capital which funds 50 percent of the programs. State money will follow to repay these partners only when the programs show successful outcomes, as measured by a rigorous independent evaluation. The first pilot program scheduled to receive funding is in Jefferson County for school-based specialists to provide improved coordination and support for children in foster care so they can have stronger educational outcomes. A core goal of this project is to reduce the gap in on-time high school graduation rates for youth in foster care and other Colorado students.

Number

Title

Sponsors

Summary

HB 18-1322

2018-19 Long Appropriation Act

Rep. Hamner / Sen. Lambert

Concerning the provision for payment of the expenses of the executive, legislative, and judicial departments of the state of Colorado, and of its agencies and institutions, for and during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, except as otherwise noted.

HB 18-1326

Support For Transition From Institutional Settings

Rep. Young / Sen. Lambert

Concerning support for persons interested in transitioning from an institutional setting, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations.

HB 18-1328

Redesign Residential Child Health Care Waiver

Rep. Young / Sens. Lambert & Moreno

Concerning the Children’s Habilitation Residential Waiver Program, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing an appropriation.

HB 18-1332

Collaborative Educator Preparation Program Grants

Reps. Hamner & Rankin / Sen. Moreno

Concerning creation of a grant program to support collaborative educator preparation initiatives to address the teacher shortage in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

HB 18-1333

Concerning part C child find responsibilities of state departments, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Rep. Young / Sen. Lambert

Concerning part C child find responsibilities of state departments, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

HB 18-1334

Extend Transitional Jobs Program

Rep. Hamner / Sen. Lambert

Concerning an extension of the Transitional Jobs Program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

HB 18-1337

Veterans One-stop Center In Grand Junction

Reps. Hamner & Rankin / Sen. Lambert

Concerning a veterans one-stop center in Grand Junction, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

SB 18-202

Colorado Firefighting Air Corps Fund Reserve Exemption

Sen. Lambert / Rep. Hamner

Concerning the exemption of the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps Fund from the maximum reserve.

SB 18-066

Extend Operation Of State Lottery Division

Sens. Sonnenberg & Garcia / Reps. Arndt & Wist

Concerning an extension of the operation of the State Lottery Division beyond July 1, 2024.

SB 18-195

Healthcare Affordability & Sustainability Fee Cash Fund Appropriations

Sen. Moreno / Rep. Rankin

Concerning a requirement that the money in the Healthcare Affordability and Sustainability Fee Cash Fund be appropriated annually rather than continuously appropriated.

HB 18-1323

Pay For Success Contracts Pilot Program Funding

Rep. Rankin / Sen. Moreno

Concerning transfers of money to a newly created Office of State Planning and Budgeting Youth Pay for Success initiatives account within the pay for success contracts fund, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

HB 18-1324

Codify Governor’s Commission On Community Service

Rep. Hamner / Sen. Lundberg

Concerning the continuation of the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

HB 18-1325

Digital Trunked Radio System Coverage Gaps

Reps. Hamner & Rankin / Sen. Lambert

Concerning measures to address coverage gaps in the Statewide Digital Trunked Radio System, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

HB 18-1331

Higher Education Open Educational Resources

Reps. Young & Rankin / Sen. Lundberg

Concerning expanding the use of open educational resources at public institutions of higher education, and, in connection therewith, creating the Colorado Open Educational Resources Council, creating a grant program to support the creation and use of open educational resources, and making an appropriation.

HB 18-1339

Background Checks Employees Access Federal Tax Information

Rep. Rankin / Sen. Lambert

Concerning a requirement for fingerprint-based criminal history record checks for individuals with access to federal tax information, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

HB 18-1336

Repeal Local Government Retail Marijuana Impact Grant Program

Rep. Young / Sen. Lambert

Concerning the repeal of the Local Government Retail Marijuana Impact Grant Program.

HB 18-1186

Sunset Review Colorado Youth Advisory Council

Reps. Wilson & Reyher / Sen. Marble

Concerning the continuation of the Colorado Youth Advisory Council, and, in connection therewith, implementing the sunset review recommendations of the Department of Regulatory Agencies and making an appropriation.

HB 18-1259

Marijuana Sample For Quality Product Development

Rep. Gray / Sen. Marble

Concerning providing marijuana samples to employees for business purposes.

HB 18-1284

Disclosure Of Prescription Costs At Pharmacies

Reps. Buckner & Wilson / Sens. Martinez Humenik & Kefalas

Concerning the cost of prescription drugs purchased at a pharmacy.

HB 18-1308

Workers’ Compensation Out-of-state Workers Temporarily In Colorado

Reps. Kraft-Tharp & Becker, J. / Sens. Hill & Kagan

Concerning an exemption from the “Workers’ Compensation Act of Colorado” for nonresident employers whose employees are temporarily working in Colorado.

HB 18-1069

Reclaimed Water Use For Toilet Flushing

Reps. Arndt & Thurlow / Sen. Coram

Concerning the allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, and, in connection therewith, allowing reclaimed domestic wastewater to be used for toilet flushing and making an appropriation.

For a list of the governor’s legislative actions, please visit here.