Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Here's the latest at the Colorado Legislature

Posted By on Wed, May 1, 2019 at 10:46 AM

  • Arina P Habich /

As the last day of the Colorado Legislature’s session, May 3, approaches, many bills reached the finish line (or closed in on it) this week. Here’s a quick peek.

As of this writing, the Leg just passed:

Senate Bill 85: The “Equal Pay For Equal Work Act” allows people to bring a civil case of wage discrimination based on sex in district court, and prohibits employers from looking up a prospective employee’s wage history or relying on prior wages to determine wages at hiring.

Senate Bill 143: “Parole Changes” — whose sponsors include Sen. Pete Lee of Colorado Springs — addresses prison overpopulation by making changes to the parole system.

House Bill 1090: “Publicly Licensed Marijuana Companies” will allow publicly traded corporations to own or invest in marijuana businesses, which state regulations currently prohibit.

House Bill 1193: “Behavioral Health Supports For High-risk Families” will provide access to intensive substance use treatment to women up to one year after giving birth, and create pilot child care programs for women in treatment.

House Bill 1228: “Increase Tax Credit Allocation Affordable Housing” will increase the amount of available Affordable Housing Tax Credits from $5 million to $10 million annually for the next five years.

House Bill 1266: “Restore Voting Rights Parolees” lets people on parole register and vote in any election.

The governor recently signed:

House Bill 1106: “Rental Application Fees” prohibits landlords from charging application fees unless they can prove the entire amount is used for processing a renter’s application.

House Bill 1224: “Free Menstrual Hygiene Products In Custody” requires jails and prisons to provide free pads and tampons to inmates who request them.

House Bill 1225: “No Monetary Bail For Certain Low-level Offenses” prohibits courts from imposing bail on defendants charged with most traffic offenses, petty offenses, or comparable municipal offenses.

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