2016

HB16-1054 End of Life Options for Terminally Ill Individuals   Passed House Judiciary Committee; Postponed indefinitely by the sponsors on the House Floor. 

The “End of Life Options Act” of 2016 is similar to the 2015 bill, however it laid out a very specific process by which individuals with a terminal illness, defined as six months or less to live, may have requested an aid-in-dying medication. The bill contained the same provisions that have worked successfully in Oregon for over seventeen years.

HB16-1102 Drug Production Costs Transparency Requirements Failed in House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee. 

Consumers and payers alike are grappling with skyrocketing price tags for medications that treat diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and Hepatitis C. While many of these new drugs represent important breakthroughs in treatments for patients, the prices for these drugs threaten access, affordability, and future innovation and are unsustainable in the long-term. Spending on specialty drugs is expected to more than quadruple from $87 billion in 2012 to $400 billion in 2020. The bill would have required pharmaceutical manufacturers to report certain pricing data in order to provide taxpayers, consumers, and policymakers with insight into cost centers associated with drug development and availability.

HB16-1120 Rabies Vaccinations for Dogs & Cats   Passed House with bipartisan support (38-20); Failed in Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee. 

In the past few years, out state has seen the spread of rabies in ground dwelling wildlife like skunks and raccoons, particularly in urban areas. Colorado has seen an increase in the number of animals infected with rabies, including dogs and cats. Rabies is a fatal disease and poses a public health risk to all Coloradans. The best way to protect against rabies is to vaccinate cats and dogs. This bill would have ensured that all dogs and cats receive these crucial vaccinations.

HB16-1142 Rural & Frontier Health Care Preceptor Tax Credit  Passed House with bipartisan support (51-13); Passed Senate, also with bipartisan support (28-7).   Signed into law on June 6, 2016.

Medical students often study under a practicing physician, called a preceptor. Preceptors mentor students and expose them to working in a clinical setting. Rural preceptors play a crucial role in filling the shortage of rural primary care physicians. Primary care providers are likely to practice and stay in rural areas if their training occurs outside of urban locations. However, the number of students interested in rural practice far outweigh the number of preceptors needed for rural clinical rotations. In order to recruit more preceptors, HB 1142 offers a tax credit to rural physicians willing to serve as a preceptor.

HB16-1160  Surgical Assistants and Surgical Technicians Sunset  Signed into law on June 10, 2016.

Colorado law requires surgical assistants and surgical technologists to register with Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA) before they may be employed in a healthcare facility. Registration requires these professionals to submit their education and training credentials, current and past employment, and any criminal and civil convictions, among other things. This bill strengthens the current regulations by requiring that employers conduct background checks and drug tests for applicants.

HB16-1168 Rural Alcohol & Substance Abuse Treatment Program  Signed into law on April 14, 2016.

The bill extends the rural alcohol and substance abuse prevention and treatment program through September 1, 2025.

HB16-1319 Prohibit Coal Rolling in Diesel Vehicles  Passed House with bipartisan support (34-29); Failed in Senate Transportation Committee.

The practice of using a diesel vehicle to knowingly blow black smoke through exhaust pipes to harass or obstruct the view of other vehicles or pedestrians is commonly known as “rolling coal.” Rolling coal presents a health and safety hazard to our communities. While the practice is currently illegal, police officers are unable to enforce this law. As amended, HB 1319 creates a traffic violation with a penalty of $35 dollars for rolling coal and two points against a driver’s license.

HB16-1324 Veterinary Access to Compounded Pharmaceutical Drugs  Passed House and Senate unanimously; Signed into law on June 10, 2016. 

Veterinarians often find themselves in situations where the required treatment for a sick animal is a compounded drug. Compounded drugs are a special class of medications and they are not readily available from most prescription drug outlets. Veterinarians work in settings that are often far from specialized prescription drug outlets, and animal patients’ health can be in jeopardy because of the delay in acquiring the compounded substances. Under current Colorado law, a veterinarian cannot maintain an office stock of compounded drugs. HB 1324 allows veterinarians to keep a small stock of compounded drugs on hand.

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HB16-1327 Financial Responsibility for Dental Hygienists  Signed into law on April 21, 2016.  

In Colorado, dentists who are currently not practicing are able to reduce their malpractice insurance. However, dental hygienists who are inactive must still carry full malpractice insurance. This bill brings dental hygienists under the same requirements as dentists and reduces their financial burden after they are no longer practicing.

HB16-1339 Agricultural Property Foreclosures   Signed into law on June 10, 2016.

This bill seeks to preserve agricultural land and reduce workloads for county assessors. It allows agricultural land that includes residential property to be assessed as agricultural.This bill prevents agricultural land from being split up during the foreclosure process just because there is an independent residence on the land.

HB16-1341 Protect Endangered Animals from Poaching and Trafficking  Passed House (34-31); failed in Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.

Every year, as many as 100 million animals are killed by poachers. Many species face extinction due to the demand for their parts. Federal regulations prohibit the importation or interstate trade of products from endangered species, but they do not regulate intrastate sales. This bill would make it a crime to sell products made from elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks, and rays within Colorado. The bill safeguards endangered animals, while still offering numerous protections for legitimate owners. These protections include exemptions for inherited items, antiques, scientific items, musical instruments, and firearms.

HB16-1378 Court to Collect and Transfer Costs of DUI Tests  Signed into law on June 10, 2016.

Under current law, upon a motion by a prosecuting attorney and at the discretion of the court, a convicted DUI defendant may be required to reimburse a law enforcement agency for any costs resulting from the collection and analysis of any chemical test upon the defendant. The bill requires the court to collect such costs from the defendant and transfer them to the law enforcement agency.

HB16-1436 No Edible Marijuana Products Shaped to Entice Kids  Signed into law on June 10, 2016.

This bill requires the state marijuana licensing authority to develop rules that prohibit the production and sale of edible marijuana products that resemble the form of a human, animal, or fruit.

SB16-025 End of Life Options for Terminally Ill Individuals  Postponed indefinitely in Senate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs. 

The “End of Life Options Act” of 2016 is similar to the 2015 bill, however, it laid out a very specific process by which individuals with a terminal illness, defined as six months or less to live, may have requested an aid-in-dying medication. The bill contained the same provisions that have worked successfully in Oregon for over seventeen years.

SB16-057 Mobile Home Owners Leasing Space Mobile Home Parks  Postponed Indefinitely in Senate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs.

SB16-077 Employment First for Persons with Disabilities   Signed into law on June 10, 2016.

This bill directs several state agencies to develop an “Employment First” policy framework that is responsive to local employer and employee needs, and strives to increase meaningful employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. It will help address the problem of high unemployment and underemployment rates among persons with disabilities. By developing strategies through “Employment First” policies, gaps can be closed and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to seek a job of their choosing can be increased.

SB16-135 Collaborative Pharmacy Practice Agreements  Signed into law on June 6, 2016

The bill allows a health benefit plan to provide coverage for health care services provided by a pharmacist if the pharmacist meets specified requirements. The bill also allows a pharmacist to enter into a collaborative pharmacy practice agreement with one or more physicians. The bill grants rule-making authority to the state board of pharmacy, the Colorado medical board, and the state board of nursing.

SB16-199 Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)  Signed into law on June 10, 2016.

This bill directs the Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing to conduct research in order to determine appropriate payment benchmarks for the PACE program. It also creates the state PACE Ombudsman who will be responsible for establishing statewide policies and procedures to identify, investigate, and seek the resolution or referral of complaints made by or on behalf of a PACE participant related to any action, inaction, or decision of a PACE organization that may adversely affect the health, safety, welfare, or rights of the PACE participant.

 

HJR16-1008  Honor Mahatma Gandhi Signed by Speaker of the House and President of the Senate. 

This resolution honors the life, work, dedication, and lessons of Mahatma Gandhi.

HJR16-1016 Celebrate Colorado’s Purebred Dogs Signed by Speaker of the House and President of the Senate. 

This resolution acknowledges Colorado’s purebred dogs and the companionship and service they give.

SJR16-023 Women’s History Month Resolution Signed by Speaker of the House and President of the Senate.

This resolution recognizes March 2016 as Women’s History Month.

SJR16-033 Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month Signed by Speaker of the House and President of the Senate. 

This resolution designates the month of August 2016 as Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month.

SJR16-038 Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month House Third Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments (“Lost”). 

This resolution designates May 2016 as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.