Legislative Update

The 2017 Legislative Session is now underway with bills being introduced in the Senate and House, and committees of reference are hearing bills. With various legislative deadlines upon us, the multi-tasking is picking up speed and intensity. As always, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you - the people of Fort Collins at the State Capitol, and I am working hard to represent the public interest.

Status Updates for Sponsored 2017 General Assembly Bills ...

SB-040: Public Access to Government Files sb17-040; concerning public access to files maintained by governmental bodies. Sponsors: Kefalas, Gardner/Pabon; introduced 1/11; Passed through Senate Third Reading 3/22. Introduced In House - Assigned to House Finance 3/23. House comittee on finance refer amended to appropriations 4/24.

SB-064: License Freestanding Emergency Departments sb17-064; concerning the licensing of freestanding emergency departments that provide emergency care outside a hospital setting. Sponsors: Kefalas/Lontine; introduced 1/13; assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Comm; postponed indefinitely 2/13.

SB-098: Mobile Home Parks sb17-098; concerning mobile home parks, and, in connection therewith, promoting home ownership, protecting property rights, and providing incentives to local governments to preserve and develop mobile home park communities. Sponsors: Kefalas/ Ginal; introduced 1/27; assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Comm.; postponed indefinitely 2/13.

SB-110: Accessibility of Exempt Family Child Care sb17-110; concerning expanding the number of unrelated children to no more than four to qualify for license-exempt family child care. Sponsors: Kefalas & Crowder; House Third Reading passed 3/14/2017 - No Amendments. Governor signed 3/30.

SB-205: Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Funding sb17-205; concerning multimodal transportation infrastructure funding. Sponsors: Kefalas / Rosenthal; introduced 2/28; assigned to Transportation 4/4, postponed indefinitely. 

HB-1002: Child Care Expenses Income Tax Credit Extension hb17-1002; concerning the extension of the income tax credit for child care expenses paid by a resident individual with a federal adjusted gross income of twenty-five thousand dollars or less. Sponsors: Kefalas/ Petterson & Exum; Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations 5/5.

HB-1056: Criminal Sentencing Community Service Veterans Organizations hb17-1056; concerning the eligibility of a veterans' service organization to accept public service assignments offered in connection with misdemeanor sentencing. Sponsors: Kefalas/ Weissman; introduced 1/11; passed through House Judiciary Comm and House 2nd and third readings; Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments 3/06. Governor signed 3/20.

HB-1090: Advanced Industry Investment Tax Credit Extension hb17-1090; concerning the extension of an income tax credit for investors who make a quality investment into a qualified small business from an advanced industry equal to a percentage of the investment. Sponsors: Kefalas & Gardner/ Kraft-Tharp & Wilson; Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations 5/5.

HB-1098: Damages For Loss Of Use Of Rental Motor Vehicles hb17-1098; concerning damages for loss of use of a rental motor vehicle. Sponsors: Kefalas & Lunberg/ Pabon & Liston; introduced 1/19: Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor Comm; postponed indefinitely 2/21.

HB-1115: Direct Primary Health Care Services hb17-1115; concerning the establishment of direct primary health care agreements to operate without regulation by the division of insurance. Sponsors: Buck & Ginal / Tate & Kefalas; Governor signed 4/24.

HB-1139: Medicaid Provider Compliance Billing Safety Rules hb17-1139; concerning improving medicaid client protections through effective enforcement of medicaid provider requirements. Sponsors: Kefalas & Humenik/ Michaelson Jenet & Landgraf; Senate third reading passed - no amendments 5/4.

HB-1200: Update Public Benefit Corporation Requirements hb17-1200; concerning modification of the laws regulating public benefit corporations. Sponsors: Gray & Wist; Sent to the Governor 5/2.

HB-1281:Approval Voting Optional Use Nonpartisan Elections; concerning the optional use of alternative voting methods by local governments in nonpartisan elections. Sponsors: Singer/Kefalas; House committee on appropriations postpone indefinitely 4/28.

HB-1304: Adoptee Present In-state Exception; concerning allowing the adoption of a child under the jurisdiction of a court in Colorado who is not present in Colorado. Sponsors: Singer & Ransom/Kefalas & Smallwood; senate third reading passed - no amendments 4/25.

HB-1317: State Historical Society Authority to Sell Property; concerning the authority of the state historical society to dispose of real property located on the former Lowry Air Force base. Sponsors: Esgar & Hansen/Kefalas & Baumgardner; Senate third reading passed - no amendments 5/4.

HB-1318: Division of Insurance Annual Report Pharmaceutical Costs Data; concerning an annual report on pharmaceutical costs. Sponsors: Ginal, Kefalas, & Coram; Introduced in Senate- Assigned to state, veterans, and military affairs postpone indefinitely 5/3.

HB-1354: Collection of Delinquent Taxes on Mobile Homes; concerning the collection of delinquent taxes on certain mobile homes. Sponsors: Becker/ Priola & Kefalas; Senate committee on finance refer unamended - consent calendar to senate committee of the whole 5/4.

HB-1365: Liquor-licensed Drugstores Electronic Benefit Transfers; concerning an exemption from the prohibition against having electronic benefits transfer services available through an ATM located on a liquor-licensed premises for an establishment licensed as a liquor-licensed drugstore. Sponsors: Garnett & Nordberg / Smallwood & Kefalas; Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole 5/5.

HJR-1019: ALS Awareness Day; concerning recognizing March 24, 2017, as 'ALS Awareness Day'. Sponsors: Sias & Singer/Smallwood & Kefalas. Signed by the President of the Senate 3/29.

SCR-002: Real Estate Transfer Tax for Affordable Housing; concerning the imposition of a real estate transfer tax. Sponsors: Kefalas. Senate committee on agriculture, natural resources, & energy postpone indefinitely 5/3.

SJR-009: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; concerning awareness day for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sponsors: Gardner & Kefalas/Arndt & Rankin. Signed by the President of the Senate 2/17.

SJR-015: Conflict Resolution Month; concerning recognition of October as Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado. Sponsors: Kefalas & Gardner/Lee & Willett; Signed by the Speaker of the House 3/15.

SJR-030: Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month; concerning the designation of August 2017 as 'Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month'. Sponsors: Kefalas & Martinez Humenik/Ginal & Landgraf; Signed by the President of the Senate 5/5.

Stay tuned for updates!


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Event Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Event Venue: Dazbog Coffee, 401 Mason Court, Fort Collins

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John M. Kefalas, State Senator (SD-14)
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