2015 Bills

HB 15-1062 Increase Penalties for Animal Fighting

House Sponsorship: Melton and Lebsock

Senate Sponsorship: Balmer and Sonnenberg

Concerning changing the current statute for animal fighting fines to be in accordance with other state statutes in requiring a minimum fine of at least $1,000 for the first offense, or $5,000 for a person who commits a second or subsequent offense.

Update: Signed in to law


Back Row Left to Right: Jessica Morgan (Morgan Public Affairs), Lisa Pedersen (Boulder Valley Humane Society), Lori Greenstone (Colorado Voters for Animals) , Ralph Johnson (Colorado Veterinary Medical Association), Rep. Lebsock, Rep. Melton, Senator Balmer, Diane Balkin (Animal Legal Defense Fund), Laura Embleton (Dumb Friends League), Holly Tarry (Colorado Voters for Animals), Leo Boyle (Colorado Veterinary Medical Association)

Front Row: Governor John Hickenlooper

 HB 15-1092 Special Districts Transparency Requirements

House Sponsorship: Lebsock, SingerCCHqZbfUkAERFZ- (1)

Senate Sponsorship: Humenik, Kafalas

Concerning a good government efficiency and transparency bill which will require the Department of Local Affairs to post Title 32 election results on DOLA’s website and Secretary of State will be required to link to that website.

Update: Signed in to law

HB 15-1187 Concerning Mental Health Evaluations of Licensed Veterinarians Conducted by a Veterinarian Peer Health Assistance Program as Ordered by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine

House Sponsorship: Lebsock, Primavera,  K. Becker

Veterinarians visit the Capitol

Senate Sponsorship: Garcia and Sonnenberg

This bill allows veterinarians to have the same protection that dentists and medical doctors do when they are suffering from mental health issues or alcohol and drug addictions. They will have the opportunity to seek professional assistance without the risk of losing their licenses while in treatment.

Update: Signed in to law

SB 15-196 Concerning Measures to Ensure Industrial Hemp Remains Below a Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol Concentration of no More than Three-Tenths of One-Percent on a Dry Weight Basis

Senate Sponsorship: Marble and Hodge

House Sponsorship: Lebsock and Saine

This bill allows hemp to be tested to make sure that its potency is less than .3% THC. It adds two appointees to the industrial hemp advisory committee. Enhances the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s ability to create a certified seed program and allows them to set fees to cover the costs of the program. Allows hemp producers to possess and transport industrial hemp.

Update: Signed in to law.

HB 15-1283 Marijuana Public Safety and Consumer Protection

House Sponsorship: Lebsock and Singer

Senate Sponsorship: Holbert

This is a public safety and consumer protection bill. There is a wide variation of testing methods for marijuana. The results of the testing accuracy and proficiency can sometimes vary. This bill creates a reference library that creates a standard sample attainment procedure and a sample preparation procedure. This library must contain a catalog of methodologies for testing in the areas of potency, homogeneity, contaminants, and solvents. Colorado Department of Public Heath will have the authority to promulgate rules related to acceptable testing, including but not limited to, testing, standards, quality analysis, and chemical identification.

Update: Signed in to law.

HB 15-1304 Plan to Study Available Bear Management Tools to Address Bear-Human Conflicts

House Sponsorship: Willette and Lebsock    bearbill1

Senate Sponsorship: Balmer and Scott

The bill instructs the division of parks and wildlife to study the management of black bears to avoid bear-human conflicts and enhance public safety. The division of wildlife will report to the agriculture, livestock, and natural resources committee of the house of representatives and the agriculture, natural resources, and energy committee of the senate.

Update: Signed in to law



HB 15-1316 Concerning a Simplification of the Process by Which the Public Utilities Commission May Issue a Certificate to Provide Taxicab Service in Certain Metropolitan Counties

House Sponsorship:  Lebsock and Thurlow, Priola, Brown, Carver, Conti, Dore, Moreno, Tate, Van Winkle, Windholz, Garnett, Melton, Winter, Ryden, Singer

Senate Sponsorship:  Hill and Ulibarri

In current law, an applicant seeking a certificate from the public utilities commission (commission) authorizing the applicant’s operation of a taxicab service within and between Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, and Jefferson counties must initially prove that the applicant is operationally and financially fit to provide the proposed taxicab service to create a rebuttable presumption that there is a public need for the taxicab service. If a party opposing the application then presents sufficient evidence to overcome the presumption, the commission shall deny the application for a certificate.

The bill simplifies the process by no longer requiring the commission to consider whether there is a public need for the service; instead it considers only whether the applicant is operationally and financially fit to provide the proposed taxicab service. Instead of creating a presumption that another party may rebut with evidence that there is not a public need for the proposed taxicab service, the commission’s finding that an applicant is operationally and financially fit to provide the proposed taxicab service requires the commission to issue a certificate to the applicant.

Update: Became law without signature.

HB 15-1098 Voter Approval for Red Light Cameras

House Sponsorship: Lebsock and Van Winkle, Saine, Salazar, Williams, Pettersen, Kraft-Tharp, Neville P., Klingenschmitt, Joshi, Nordberg, Conti, Thurlow, Everett, Landgraf, Tate, Fields, Keyser, Melton, Singer

Senate Sponsorship: Neville T., Carroll, Marble, Scheffel, Holbert, Woods, Cadman, Baumgardner, Guzman, Lundberg, Sonnenberg, Crowder, Grantham, Hill, Lambert, Scott

This bill concerns the elimination of the use of automated surveillance camera vehicle identification systems for traffic law enforcement. It will require the local governments get voter approval before installing red light cameras for a traffic control device. If the local governments still wish to use the red light cameras after the bill is passed, they must submit the following ballot question in the 2016 General Election:

“Shall [name of local government] be authorized to coninue to use automated surveillance camera vehicle identification at [name of locations]?”

The local government can continue the use of the red light cameras if the voters say yes to this question.

Update: Vetoed by the Governor.