2014 End of Session Update
The 2014 Legislative Session finally came to a close on May 7th. While the session only lasted 120 days, I was incredibly busy and was a prime sponsor for 22 bills that passed the legislature this year. Throughout my work, I supported legislation to help people affected by natural disasters, advance renewable energy, improve the quality of healthcare in Colorado, assist small businesses, enhance our K-12 education system, and keep nicotine products away from minors. Since I joined the legislature in 2011, I remember the trust you have placed in me as your State Representative every day. I remain proud to serve the people of House District 50.
Water Infrastructure Natural Disaster Grants Fund (HB 1002) – Rep. Young / Sen. Jones
This bill creates a natural disaster grant fund and directs the division of administration in CDPHE to award grants from the fund to local governments. These grants will be used for the planning, design, construction, improvement, renovation, or reconstruction of domestic wastewater treatment works and public drinking water systems that have been impacted by a natural disaster. Priority will be given to applicants that have the greatest financial need.
Relocate Ditch Headgate without Change Case (HB 1005) – Reps. Young & Sonnenberg / Sens. Kefalas & Lundberg
This bill will exempt a landowner from going to water court in order to move the headgate of an irrigation ditch, but only if the ditch was damaged or rendered inoperable by the September floods.
Advanced Industry Economic Development Funding (HB 1011) – Reps. Young & Gerou / Sen. Heath
Speeds the flow of grant dollars into the Advanced Industries Accelerator program, which has proven highly popular since it became law in 2013. Funding for the program will continue to provide grant opportunities to promising new technologies and foster innovation.
Biogas System Components Sales & Use Tax Exemption (HB 1159) – Reps. Young & Dore / Sen. Schwartz & Crowder
This bill exempts items used in the production of biogas from state sales and use taxes and also gives local governments the ability to exempt these items from local sales and use tax if they choose. It will help rural biogas producers by giving them a tax break and encourage more investment into this developing technology.
CDPHE Household Medication Take-back Program (HB 1207) – Rep. Young / Sens. Aguilar & Newell
In 2012 there were 262 fatalities, 4,628 hospitalizations and 6,093 emergency department visits due to non-opioid pharmaceutical poisonings in Colorado. The presence of excess medications is a clear problem and results in thousands of hospitalizations a year and unfortunately sometimes death. HB 1207 creates a household medication take-back program, which will allow any person to dispose of unwanted or surplus prescription or household medication in a secure collection box. The bill encourages people to dispose of these medications in a safe and appropriate way instead of keeping them in their home.
Ensuring Access to Complex Rehabilitation Technology Through Medicaid (HB 1211) – Rep. Young/Sen. Tochtrop
This bill requires that the Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing to recognize complex rehabilitation technology (manual wheelchair systems, alternate positioning systems, standing frames, gait trainers, etc) as a subcategory of durable medical equipment under Medicaid.
Income Tax Credit for Business Personal Property (HB 1279) – Reps. Young & Primavera/Sens. Heath & Scheffel
Gives small business owners a tax break on their business personal property taxes up to the first $15,000 in business personal property.
BEST Moneys for Disaster Damaged Public Schools (HB 1287) – Rep. Young / Sens. Nicholson & Lambert
This bill allows for a public school located in an area of the state in which the governor declared a disaster emergency, and the school has experienced an emergency as a result of the disaster, that school may apply to the capital construction assistance board for emergency financial assistance from the public school capital construction fund in the Building Excellent Schools Today program.
Name Change and Membership of the Colorado Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving (HB 1321) – Rep. Young / Sen. King
This bill changes the name of the Interagency Task Force on Drunk Driving (ITFDD) to the “Colorado Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving,” and modifies the membership of the task force.
In-Home Support Services with Medicaid (HB 1357) – Rep. Young / Sen. Aguilar
This bill makes changes to the in-home support services delivery model for home- and community-based services, including clarifying that in home support services may be provided in the home or community, as well as allowing family members to be reimbursed for in home support services provided.
Sunset Review of In-Home Support Services (HB 1358) – Reps. Young & Joshi / Sen. Aguilar
This bill implements the 2013 sunset recommendations for the in-home support services.
Sunset Review Licensure of Home Health Care Agencies (HB 1360) – Rep. Young / Sen. Aguilar
This bill continues the regulation of home care agencies and home care placement agencies until September 1, 2019, and implements the recommendations contained in the Department of Regulatory Agencies’ sunset report.
Durable Medical Equipment Supplier License (HB 1369) – Rep. Young / Sens. Crowder & Jahn
The bill requires durable medical equipment suppliers that bill Medicare to be
licensed with the Secretary of State.
Wellhead Point of Property Valuation & Taxation (HB 1371) – Rep. Young / Sen. Grantham
The bill specifies the wellhead as the point of valuation and taxation for property taxes regarding oil and gas leases that are located in more than one local governmental taxing district.
K-12 Online Education (HB 1382) – Reps. Young & Wilson / Sens. Kerr and Roberts
This bill will improve the quality of K-12 online instruction. It clarifies requirements for documenting student attendance and participation in online schools. It establishes a task force to create rules for authorization of multi-district online schools/programs. Online education is rapidly growing as another resource for students to obtain instruction and can be especially helpful to students seeking a different way of learning than in a traditional school setting.
Hospitality Career Ed Grant Program (SB 015) – Reps. Young & Melton / Sen. Kerr
This bill creates a hospitality career secondary education grant program in the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The program will award grants to increase the number and quality of hospitality programs operating in schools. In order for a hospitality program to be eligible, it must offer secondary students the opportunity to work in the hospitality industry, earn wages, and obtain an industry validated certificate of completion.
Prohibit Nicotine Product Distribution to Minors (SB 018) – Reps. Young & Hamner / Sens. Nicholson & Jones
This bill expands the current prohibition on the sale of cigarette and tobacco products to minors, to include all nicotine products, such as electronic cigarettes and products that allow nicotine to be delivered, ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin.
Assistance to Local Governments after a Disaster Emergency (SB 121) – Rep. Young / Sen. Lambert
Under current law, if a disaster emergency is declared by the federal government, federal aid is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies. In order to receive moneys from federal agencies, the federal government typically requires that the affected unit of local government provide a certain percentage of matching funds. This bill allows the Governor to determine a percentage of state aid that can be made available to local governments to assist it in meeting the federal match requirement.
Private Occupational School Standards (SB 149) – Rep. Young / Sen. Johnston
This bill requires that a private occupational school meet all of the statutory standards. The Private Occupational School may not substitute accreditation for compliance with these standards when authorizing a school. Under current law, the board may not require compliance with board standards if a private occupational school is accredited by an accrediting association officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or by the board, and the accrediting body’s standards meet or exceed the minimum standards set forth in statute.
Nursing Home Innovations (SB 151) – Rep. Young / Sen. Tochtrop
Fines levied on nursing facilities are used to provide nursing home innovation grants. This bill modifies how this fine revenue may be used and makes numerous changes to the Nursing Home Innovation Grant Program, by requiring a minimum annual grant amount of up to $250,000, based on whether the fund balance is greater than $2 million on July 1 of that fiscal year; renaming the current Nursing Facility Culture Change Accountability Board to the Nursing Home Innovations Grant Board and establishing the new composition of the ten member board by September 1, 2014; awarding grants for measures intended to foster innovation and directly improve the quality of life and care provided at nursing home facilities; specifying that no state agency or any governmental entity, with the exception of a facility that is owned or operated by a governmental agency and licensed as a nursing facility, may apply for grants; clarifying that all grant-funded work products are the intellectual property of the state and must be made available to all nursing homes in the state; supporting initiatives in line with the measures promoted by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; limiting administrative costs paid to the board to $10,000 per year; and extending the sunset date of the board to September 1, 2021.
Talent Pipeline Working Group (SB 205) – Rep. Young / Sen. Newell
The bill requires the State Workforce Development Council, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the Colorado Department of Education, and Colorado of Office of Economic Development and International Trade, to determine needs across key industries and occupations for developing talent pipelines. It also requires the council to utilize sector partnerships to advise the development of career pathway programs.
Payment Claims for Lower North Fork Wildfire (SB 223) – Reps. Young & Gerou / Sens. Nicholson & Cadman
The bill identifies 20 parties with outstanding claims from the Lower North Fork Wildfire and the amount to be paid each claimant, with a total of $17,636,554 in outstanding claims authorized for settlement.
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