Colorado Legislation

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.

CUA is supporting the following legislation in 2019:

SB19-057 Employee Information Student Loan Repayment Programs

The bill requires the department of personnel to develop and annually distribute informational materials to state employees concerning federal student loan repayment programs and loan forgiveness programs for which state employees may be eligible. The department of personnel may use existing federal informational materials, if available. The informational materials may be distributed by e-mail or through a regular mailing or communication to state employees. The department of personnel shall update the materials at least annually and distribute any updated materials.
In addition, the department of personnel must distribute the informational materials to:
The department of education, for distribution to school district, charter school, institute charter school, and boards of cooperative services employees;
The department of higher education, for distribution to employees at state institutions of higher education;
The secretary of state, for dissemination to nonprofit public service organizations, as defined in the bill, with encouragement for these organizations to distribute the informational materials to their employees; and
The division of local government in the department of local affairs, for distribution to cities, counties, cities and counties, special districts, and other local government entities, with encouragement for those entities to distribute the informational materials to their employees.

Next Step: Passed, Signed by Governor, 3/15

SB19-174   Dependent Tuition Assistance Program Eligibility

Under existing law, state tuition assistance is available for a dependent of a prisoner of war or military personnel missing in action, a dependent of a person who died or was permanently disabled while on duty as a Colorado National Guardsman, and a dependent of any person who has been permanently disabled or killed while acting as a police officer, sheriff, or other law enforcement officer or firefighter (dependents) who are not eligible for federal educational benefits.

The bill clarifies that a dependent who is eligible for state tuition assistance and federal educational benefits pursuant to the federal "Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act" may receive the state tuition assistance prior to receiving the federal benefit. The state tuition assistance available to a dependent is reduced by the amount of any federal educational benefit provided to the dependent.

Next Step: Passed Senate, signed by Governor

HB19-1280 - College Kickstarter Program

Provides initial funding for a Collegeinvest college savings account for each child born in Colorado on or after January 1, 2020, but before January 1, 2040,  encourages the parent or parents of each eligible child to claim the kickstarter funding by establishing an account, and, if sufficient funding from gifts, grants, and donations is received, provide a free financial literacy education program for eligible children and their parent or parents and other family members. Obviously, this is right in CUA’s lane, and the funding stream being outside of the General Fund limits a potential reduction in funding in future years. It is the Speaker’s bill and was heard in it’s first committee,

Next Step: Passed, signed by Governor