CUA has been advocating for Colorado consumers at the state legislature since we were founded. Each year, we analyze bills that are being considered and talk to legislators about those which are within the scope of our mission.
Below you will find a list of bills that are being considered during this legislative session and CUA’s position on these bills, if we have one. There is also a section below for bills that may be of interest to you, but that CUA is not taking a position about. Those are provided for information only.
We encourage our members to contact your representatives on any issue that concerns you. Visit this page to learn how to contact your representatives.
We also encourage you to contact representatives that serve on the committees that are hearing each bill, or that you consider going to the capitol to testify on bills that impact you personally. For each bill, we are listing which committee the bill is going to next.
Bills that CUA is supporting:
Two similar bills were originally introduced that to help to protect minors and vulnerable people from identity theft. The two bills, HB-1129 and HB-1090 were both scrapped in favor of the compromise bill:
HB18-1233 Consumer Reporting Agency Security Freeze Minors
Concerning a consumer reporting agency's placement of a security freeze on the consumer report of a consumer who is under the charge of a representative at the request of the consumer's representative.
Next step: The bill passed the Senate Judiaciary committee on March 5th and will go next to the committee of the whole for a vote.
HB18-1001 FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program
The bill creates the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI) program in the division of family and medical leave insurance (division) in the department of labor and employment to provide partial wage-replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from work to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition or who is unable to work due to the individual's own serious health condition.
Each employee in the state will pay a premium determined by the director of the division by rule, which premium is based on a percentage of the employee's yearly wages and must not initially exceed .99%. The premiums are deposited into the family and medical leave insurance fund from which family and medical leave benefits are paid to eligible individuals. The director may also impose a solvency surcharge by rule if determined necessary to ensure the soundness of the fund. The division is established as an enterprise, and premiums paid into the fund are not considered state revenues for purposes of the taxpayer's bill of rights (TABOR).
Next Step: House Finance Committee, March 7th
HB18-1004 Continue Child Care Contribution Tax Credit
A taxpayer who makes a monetary contribution to promote child care in the state is allowed an income tax credit that is equal to 50% of the total value of the contribution. This exemption is currently available for income tax years that commence prior to January 1, 2020. The bill extends the credit for 5 years.
Next Step: House Appropriations; TBD, 2018
SB18-010 Residential Lease Copy And Rent Receipt
Concerning the requirement that a residential landlord provide a tenant with specified documents relevant to the landlord-tenant relationship, and, in connection therewith, specifying rent receipts and copies of any written lease agreement as documents that must be provided.
Next Step: The bill passed the House Finance committee on March 5th and was referred to the committee of the whole for a vote.
HB18-1217 Income Tax Credit For Employer 529 Contributions
Concerning a temporary income tax credit for employers that make contributions to 529 qualified state tuition program accounts owned by their employees, and, in connection therewith, enacting the "Working Families College Savings Act".
Next Step: House Education Committee
Bills that did not pass
SB18-120 Time Period For Tenant To Cure Unpaid Rent
Current law requires a landlord to provide a tenant 3 days to cure a violation for unpaid rent before the landlord can initiate eviction proceedings based on that unpaid rent.
The bill allows landlords to initiate an eviction proceeding after providing 3 days' notice but requires landlords to accept payment of all outstanding amounts due before the date by which a tenant is required to appear in court in an eviction proceeding. For a second or subsequent violation of the same agreement within 6 months of a violation, a landlord may require payment within 3 days.
Next Step: Postponed Indefinitely in Business, Labor, & Technology
SB18-147 Educator Loan Forgiveness Program
The bill makes changes to the teacher loan forgiveness program, renaming it the educator loan forgiveness program (program), and revising the eligibility criteria for the program.
Repays up to $5,000 of qualified educational loans for up to 5 years for teachers and other educators employed in qualified positions under the program; and
Targets teachers and other educators employed in hard-to-fill positions due to geography or content area.
The department of education is required to annually identify the shortage areas that qualify for the program.
Subject to available appropriations, the Colorado commission on higher education (commission) shall approve up to 100 new participants in the program each year, and the bill specifies the criteria the commission shall use to prioritize applicants, if necessary.
The program includes the educator loan forgiveness fund, and the commission shall adopt policies that ensure that loan repayment is made only on qualified loans for educators in qualified positions.
The commission shall prepare an annual report for the general assembly that includes information concerning the shortage areas identified by the department of education and information concerningthe program participants.
The bill extends the repeal date of the program.
Next Step: Postponed Indefinitely in Senate Finance