2018 Legislative Recap

Thank you all for your support and participation during the 2018 session. I am happy to report that 14 out of my 20 sponsored bills this session have now been signed by the Governor into law. My oldest son, upon hearing about my passage rate, reacted, “Dad, that is only 70%, that’s like a C-minus…” I responded, “Have you ever had to negotiate with the Republican-controlled Senate?”

Below are my highlights, a wrap up video summary and a full list of all of my bills.


Highlights

Chair of the House Select Committee on Climate Responsibility
Formed in response to Governor Hickenlooper’s Executive Order released in July of 2017, the committee worked to develop a statewide strategy to address the climate goals as set by the Governor.
Your House: House Select Committee on Climate Responsibility

Passing of HB18-1270: Public Utilities Commission Evaluation of Energy Storage
Directs the public utilities commission to adopt rules establishing mechanisms for the procurement of energy storage systems by investor-owned electric utilities.
Your House: Energy Storage

Passing of SB18-003: Colorado Energy Office
Concerning the Colorado Energy Office, reauthorizes the office and provides a stable funding level for its great work on energy efficiency and policy.

Introducing HB18-1312: Open Internet Customer Protection in Colorado
Concerning the protection of the open internet, and, in connection therewith, disqualifying an internet service provider from receiving high cost support mechanism money or other money received to finance broadband deployment if the internet service provider engages in certain practices that interfere with the open internet and requiring an internet service provider that engages in such practices to refund any such money received.
Watch my TRT World interview here



2018 Sponsored Bills

House Bill Summary Status
HB18-1053

Reclaimed Water Use For Marijuana Cultivation

Concerning the allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, and allowing reclaimed domestic wastewater to be used for marijuana cultivation. Senate – Postpone Indefinitely
HB18-1124

General Assembly Legislative Aides

This Bill alots each Legislator one full-time, year-round legislative staff member who receives an annual salary of $28,000, adjusted for inflation, and healthcare coverage. House – Postpone Indefinitely
HB18-1235

Sunset Custom Meat Processing

Concerning the continuation of the regulation of custom meat processors, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations of the 2017 sunset report of the Department of Regulatory Agencies. Signed by Governor on May 4, 2018
HB18-1270

Public Utilities Commission Evaluation Of Energy Storage Systems

Directs the public utilities commission to adopt rules establishing mechanisms for the procurement of energy storage systems by investor-owned electric utilities. Signed by Governor on June 1, 2018
HB18-1312

Open Internet Customer Protections In Colorado

Concerning the protection of the open internet, and, in connection therewith, disqualifying an internet service provider from receiving high cost support mechanism money or other money received to finance broadband deployment if the internet service provider engages in certain practices that interfere with the open internet and requiring an internet service provider that engages in such practices to refund any such money received. Senate – Postpone Indefinitely
HB18-1318

Require Presidential Candidate Disclose Tax Return

Concerning a requirement that candidates for certain federal executive offices file income tax returns with the secretary of state. Senate – Postpone Indefinitely
HB18-1373

Private Entities Use State Telecommunications Network

Concerning the use of the state telecommunications network by private entities through public-private partnerships, and, in connection therewith, relocating laws related to the state telecommunications network from the department of public safety’s statutes to the statutes regarding telecommunications coordination within state government. Signed by the Governor
HB18-1374

Controlled Maintenance Financed Acquired Prop

Concerning controlled maintenance needs of real property acquired through a lease-purchase agreement. Signed by Governor on May 24, 2018
HB18-1382

Create Energy Legislation Review Committee

Concerning the creation of an energy legislation review committee to study issues that affect energy policy in Colorado. Committee on Legislative Council – Postpone Indefinitely

Senate Bill

Summary

Status

SB18-003

Colorado Energy Office

Concerning the Colorado Energy Office.

Signed by the Governor on June 1, 2018

SB18-019

Expanded Duration For Colorado Water Resources And Power Development Authority Revolving Loans

Concerning an expansion of the duration for which the Colorado water resources and power development authority may make a loan under the authority’s revolving loan programs.

Governor Signed on March 1, 2018

SB18-041

Authorize Water Use Incidental Gravel Mines

Concerning the ability of operators of sand and gravel mines to use water incidental to sand and gravel mining operations to mitigate the impacts of mining.

Governor Signed March 1, 2018

SB18-074

Designate Prader-Willi Syndrome Developmental Disability

Concerning adding individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome to the list of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Governor Signed on April 2, 2018

SB18-117

Collect Long-term Climate Change Data

Concerning the collection of greenhouse gas emissions data.

Senate – Postpone Indefinitely

SB18-141

Income Tax Check-off Nonprofit Donation Fund

Concerning voluntary contribution designations on the Colorado individual income tax return form.

Signed by the Governor

SB18-144

Bicycle Operation Approaching Intersection

Concerning the regulation of bicycles approaching intersections.

Governor Signed on May 3, 2018

SB18-170

Reservoir Releases For Fish And Wildlife Mitigation

Concerning a water court process by which an owner of a storage water right allowing water to be stored in new reservoir capacity may release water into an identified stream reach in a manner that protects the water releases while complying with mitigation measures identified in a fish and wildlife mitigation plan approved by the Colorado water conservation board.

Governor Signed on April 4, 2018

SB18-208

Create Governor’s Mansion Maintenance Fund

Concerning the creation of a maintenance fund for the Governor’s mansion.

Governor Signed Act

SB18-232

Calculation For Art In Public Places Requirement

Concerning a clarification of the calculation used to determine the amount of money that must be spent to acquire works of art for capital construction projects that are the subject of a lease-purchase agreement.

Governor Signed Act

SB18-267

Create Justice Center Maintenance Fund

Concerning the creation of the justice center maintenance fund.

Sent to the Governor

We are now in the interim session and I will be working on bill ideas for 2019, please let me know your ideas for next year and how we can continue to improve Colorado. I have also launched a new Colorado Science and Engineering Fellowship at the Capitol with Rep. Bob Rankin, watch this space for updates from the inaugural class.

Drop me a line anytime at:
chris@hansenforcolorado.com

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Thank you for the privilege of representing you and everyone in our community in House District 6.

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