• Public Safety: Prohibiting Use of Drones to Obstruct Public Safety Operations

    HB 18-1314 would create a class 2 misdemeanor offense when persons operating an unmanned aircraft system (or "drone") violate one or more safety requirements and obstruct, impair or hinder public safety operations. The bill was brought by firefighters and other members of the public safety committee amid concerns of escalated drone usage by individuals during emergencies. The bill was amended in the house to mirror current obstruction statutes.
    Bill: HB 18-1314, Prohibiting Use of Drones to Obstruct Public Safety Operations
    Sponsors: Reps. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins and Polly Lawrence, R-Littleton; Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley
    Status: Before governor
    Position: Support
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 5/14/2018

    Public Safety: Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Following his signing of HB 17-1313 regarding civil asset forfeiture, Gov. John Hickenlooper convened a task force made up of supporters and opponents of HB 17-1313. The task force met several times in the interim, and HB 18-1020 is the legislation to implement the task force recommendations. This legislation includes a grant program for law enforcement agencies, a new share back formula for law enforcement that will now utilize the state civil asset forfeiture process, clarification of which agencies must report the use of civil asset forfeiture to the Department of Local Affairs, and expansion of the reporting requirement to apply to certain local public nuisance ordinances. The last issue was a contentious conversation as the League was concerned with a broad reporting requirement for municipalities that seize property under public nuisance ordinances. Through negotiation, the ACLU and CML developed language that applies a reporting requirement for a municipality if they receive proceeds through a forfeiture process.
    Bill: HB 18-1020, Civil Asset Forfeiture
    Sponsors: Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver; Sens. Bob Gardner R-Colorado Springs, and Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills
    Status: Before governor
    Position: Support
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 5/14/2018

    Public Safety: Create Next Generation 9-1-1 Board

    As introduced, HB 18-1184 created a Colorado next generation 911 board (board) in CDPS. The board's purpose is to lead the planning for, implementation of, and transition to a sustainable next generation 911 service in Colorado. Several 9-1-1 Authorities  expressed concerns with the make-up of the proposed board as well as concerns that the board would be redundant and disruptive. Now that the parties have met, the bill was rewritten to require the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to submit an annual report to the public safety community on the progress of next generation 911 in Colorado.
    Bill: HB 18-1184, Create Next Generation 9-1-1 Board
    Sponsors: Reps. Tony Exum, D-Colorado Springs & Polly Lawrence, R-Littleton; Sens. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs & Irene Aguilar, D-Denver
    Status: Before governor
    Position: Neutral
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 5/4/2018

    Public Safety: Expand Access to Behavioral Health Providers

    This legislation adds behavioral health care providers to the list of health care providers that are eligible for loan repayment. It also creates a scholarship program to cover costs of certification and medication assisted treatment training. The goal is to get providers in rural areas and increase the opportunities for substance abuse treatment in rural areas.
    Bill: SB 18-024, Expand Access to Behavioral Health Providers
    Sponsors: Sens. Cheri Jahn, I-Wheat Ridge and Jack Tate, R-Centennial; Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont
    Status: Before governor
    Position: Support
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 5/4/2018

    Public Safety: Law Enforcement Information Sharing Grant Program

    SB 18-059 creates the law enforcement information-sharing grant program within the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The grant program created in the bill will provide a grants, at the division's discretion, to various state and quasi state entities. The grant is for the purpose of operating and maintaining a law enforcement information-sharing system. The grant program is funded from the marijuana tax cash fund.
    Bill: SB 18-059, Law Enforcement Information Sharing Grant Program
    Sponsors: Sen. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora; Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver
    Status: Postponed indefinitely
    Position: Neutral
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 5/4/2018

    Public Safety: Prevention of Opioid Misuse

    This is proposed legislation out of the legislative interim committee on opioid and substance abuse. The bill sets aside funds for substance abuse programs from the marijuana tax cash fund and continues the opioid interim committee for three years. The committee will meet year around. The legislation also allows for school-based health clinics to utilize grant funding to provide treatment for opioid and other substance use disorders.
    Bill: HB 18-1003, Prevention of Opioid Misuse
    Sponsors: Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood; Sens. Cheri Jahn, I-Wheat Ridge and Kevin Priola, R-Brighton
    Status: Passed House
    Position: Support
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 5/4/2018