2021 Legislative Session

HB21-1103

Media Literacy Implementation

Representatives Cutter & Valdez

Senator Gonzales & Garcia

The act requires the department of education to create and maintain an online resource bank of materials and resources pertaining to media literacy. The act requires the department to provide technical assistance to a school district.

More information on this bill can be found here.

HB21-1162

Management of Plastic Products

Representatives Cutter & A.Valdez

Senators Gonzales & Garcia

The act prohibits stores and retail food establishments, on and after January 1, 2024, from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers. The prohibition does not apply to inventory purchased before January 1, 2024, and used on or before June 1, 2024, which may be supplied to a customer at the point of sale for a 10-cent or greater fee. The act also authorizes a local government to enforce against a violation of the act and expressly authorizes a county to impose a civil penalty against a store or retail food establishment of up to $500 for a second violation or up to $1,000 for a third or subsequent violation.

More information on this bill can be found here.

HB21-1208

Natural Disaster Mitigation Enterprise 

Representatives Cutter & Gray

Senator Priola & Winter

The act creates the natural disaster mitigation enterprise governed by a board of directors, imposes a fee on insurance companies that offer certain insurance policies or contracts. The enterprise awards natural disaster mitigation grants to assist in the implementation of resilience and natural disaster mitigation measures.

More information on this bill can be found here.

HB21-1221

Bullying Prevention and Education in Schools

Representatives Cutter & Young

Senator Coram

The act requires the department of education to utilize a stakeholder process when updating the model bullying prevention and education policy, which process must include the parents of students who have been bullied. The model policy must clearly differentiate between a conflict and bullying. Also, it must clarify the role of cyberbullying during online instruction, which may occur on or off school property.

More information on this bill can be found here.

HB21-1272

Supporting the Child Protection Ombudsman

Representatives Cutter & Bradfield

Senator Danielson

This act exempts an employee or person acting on behalf of the office of the child protection ombudsman from testifying in a civil or criminal proceeding in which the ombudsman(an official appointed to investigate individuals' complaints against maladministration) is not a legal party. The act authorizes the ombudsman to receive information, records, or documents related to an incident of egregious abuse or neglect, near fatality, or fatality of a child during the course of an investigation of a complaint

More information on this bill can be found here.

HB21-1273

Colorado Department of Education Report Concerning School Psychologists

 

Representative Cutter

Senator Kolker

This act requires the department of education to prepare an annual report on the number of pupils enrolled in public schools in the state and the total number of licensed school psychologists in the state employed. The department must make the report publicly available on its website no later than 30 days after its completion.

More information on this bill can be found here.

HB21-1261

Extend Beetle Kill Wood Products Sales Tax Exemption

Representatives Cutter & Catlin

Senators Corum & Ginal

The sale of wood and wood products from trees killed by pine and spruce beetles in the state was exempt from sales and use tax from 2008 through June 2020. The act extends the exemption from July 1, 2021, through June 2026.

More information on this bill can be found here.

HB21-1310

Homeowners Association Regulation of Flags and Signs

 

Representative Cutter 

Senator Rodriguez

This bill creates an act that simplifies and broadens these protections, requiring an HOA to permit the display of any noncommercial flag or sign at any time, subject only to reasonable, content-neutral limitations such as the number, size, or placement of the flags or signs.

More information on this bill can be found here.

HB21-1281

Community Behavioral Health Disaster Program

 

Representatives Cutter & Will

Senator Pettersen

This bill works to create an act requires the department of public health and environment to implement the community behavioral health disaster preparedness and response program. The program is intended to enhance, support, and formalize behavioral health disaster preparedness and response activities conducted by community behavioral health organizations.

More information on this bill can be found here.

HB21-1323

Special Olympics License Plate

 

Representatives Cutter & Amabile

Senators Fenberg & Rankin

This bill creates an act that creates the Special Olympics Colorado license plate for motor vehicles. A person qualifies for issuance of the plate if the person makes a donation to a designated nonprofit organization that qualifies the following:

  • Be headquartered in Colorado;

  • Have existed for at least 40 years;

  • Provide year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities;

  • Collaborate with schools throughout Colorado to bring students together through shared activities that include sports, leadership opportunities, and health education and fitness; and

  • Ensure that the donation is spent in Colorado to support athletes with intellectual disabilities.

More information on this bill can be found here.

SB21-108

Public Utilities Commission Gas Utility Safety Inspection Authority

 

Representatives Cutter & Bernett

Senator Story

The act declares that, due to recent dramatic increases in both the extraction and transportation of natural gas and the construction of new homes and businesses in close proximity to these activities, as well as the environmental risks posed by methane leakage, it is appropriate to strengthen and streamline Colorado's laws governing gas pipeline safety.

More information on this bill can be found here.

SB21-136

Sunset Forest Health Advisory Council

Representatives Cutter & Carver

Senators Corum & Ginal

The act continues the forest health advisory council for 5 years, until 2026.

More information on this bill can be found here.

SB21-154

988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network

 

Representatives Cutter & Soper

Senators Kolker & Simpson 

The act creates the agriculture and drought resiliency fund. The Department of Agriculture will use the fund to anticipate, prepare for, mitigate, adapt to, or respond to any event, trend, or climatological disturbance related to drought or climate. The department will distribute $15,000 from the fund to each conservation district by July 1, 2021. The fund is repealed, effective September 1, 2022.

More information on this bill can be found here.

SB21-234

General Fund Transfer Agriculture & Drought Resiliency 

 

Representatives Cutter & Holtorf

Senators Sonnenberg & Jaquez Lewis 

The act creates the agriculture and drought resiliency fund. The Department of Agriculture will use the fund to anticipate, prepare for, mitigate, adapt to, or respond to any event, trend, or climatological disturbance related to drought or climate. The department will distribute $15,000 from the fund to each conservation district by July 1, 2021. The fund is repealed, effective September 1, 2022.

More information on this bill can be found here.

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