This week focused on the Long Bill (state budget) debate in the House. HB18-1322 allocates nearly $30 billion to Colorado state agencies to address legislative priorities including transportation, education, and health care. After nearly 12 hours of debate and consideration of 95 budget amendments, the House passed 33 amendments emphasizing additional priorities such as school safety measures, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and pay rates for workers in the healthcare and judicial sectors. Meanwhile, the Senate spent time debating gun control measures and working through second readings in preparation for their turn at debating the budget next week. Our bill count surpassed 600 bills this week and continues to grow.
During the big budget debate in the House this week, members discussed HB18-1340 which is a JBC bill that allocates $495 million to transportation funding. The bill was amended to designate 25% to counties, 25% to municipalities, and 15% to multimodal options. Also, of note, the members striped off funding for film incentives – an amendment passed that transferred $750,000 to school safety grants instead of film incentives. Next week when the Senate begins debating the budget, it will most likely strip off all the amendments that went on in the House and start from scratch.
Here is our bill report – EDCC Bill Report.
Budget amendments passed in the House:
- Amendment 23 reduces $750,000 from film incentives to the School Safety Cash Fund in DPS.
- Amendment 59 Provides $321,934 to the Department of Labor & Employment to conduct on-site auditing of construction sites to ensure compliance.
- Amendment 63 Provides $1 million to the Department of Local Affairs for the Affordable Housing Construction Grants and Loans.
Bill action this week:
- HB18-1250 Analysis To Improve Compliance With Rules By Businesses passed House 3rd reading on 3/26 and was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Business, Labor, and Technology.
- HB18-1316 Extend Colorado Department Of Labor And Employment Skilled Worker, Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Grant Program was introduced on 3/22 and will be heard in House
Finance on 4/2.
- SB18-001 Transportation Infrastructure Funding passed its 3rd reading on 3/28.
- SB18-005 Rural Economic Advancement Of Colorado Towns was signed by the Governor on 3/22.
- SB18-185 Deadly Force Against Intruder At A Business passed Senate 2nd and 3rd readings on 3/28 and 3/29.
- SB18-192 Local Government Liable Fracking Ban Oil And Gas Moratorium passed Senate 2nd and 3rd readings on on 3/28 and 3/29.
- SB18-216 Alternative Fuel Vehicles Public Utilities was postponed indefinitely in Senate Transportation on 3/27.
Upcoming bill action:
- HB18-1270 Public Utilities Commission Evaluation Of Energy Storage Systems faces House 2nd reading on 4/3.
- SB18-003 Colorado Energy Office will be heard in House Transportation on 4/4.
- HB18-1271 Public Utilities Commission Electric Utilities Economic Development Rates will be heard in House Transportation on 4/5.
- HB18-1298 Colorado Secure Savings Plan will be heard in House Business Affairs on 4/5.
- SB18-196 Repeal Late Vehicle Registration Fee was introduced in the House on 3/23 and will be heard in State Affairs on 4/12.