Volume I | January 15, 2018
COLORADO CAPITOL REPORT
INSIDE THE DOME
January 22, 2018 (13/107)
Week Two
 
In the second week of the Second Regular Session of the 71st General Assembly 74 new bills were introduced for a total of 238 bill to date. The newly introduced hot topics include Transportation, Cyber Coding Cryptology for State Records, Reclaimed Water Use for Edible Crops, Financial Incentives for Education In Rural Areas, and Court Programs For Veterans.
 
We expect dozens more new bills in the coming weeks regarding education, oil and gas, and the highly anticipated 811 legislation.

Although the legislative session has only been in session for 13 days, the legislators have already sent a bill to the Governor's desk. Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (SB18-027) sponsored by Reps. Kraft-Tharp (D-Arvada ) and McKean (R-Loveland) and Senators Todd (D-Aurora) and Smallwood (R-Parker), allowed nurses with out of state licenses to continue working. The current compact has been operational and successful for more than 17 years. The bipartisan bill allows Colorado nurses to maintain their multi-state license and join the enhanced nurse licensure compact.


Consumer Protection
Multiple bills have been introduced to protect sensitive consumer information in light of multiple attempts by hackers in recent years to obtain information.

HB18-1128 sponsored by Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist (R-Centennial) and Rep. Jeff Bridges (D-Greenwood Village) and crafted with the help of the state Attorney General’s Office, the bill would require any company that maintains personal consumer data to securely destroy the information if it’s no longer needed. It would also strengthen the state’s notification requirements, giving companies no more than 45 days to notify victims — and no more than seven days to notify the attorney general if more than 500 people are affected.

Under HB18-1090, sponsored by Democratic House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Rep. Kim Ransom (R-Littleton) credit agencies would be required to put automatic security freezes on the credit reports of every Coloradan under the age of 18. The freeze, which prevents strangers from using your identity to apply for credit, would lift automatically when the minor turns 18.

A separate Republican proposal, HB1129 sponsored by Rep. Polly Lawrence and Sen. Jack Tate, contains similar provisions but doesn’t implement the freeze automatically — a parent or guardian would have to request it.



  
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