2013 Legislation

"Economic Gardening"
This bill will help 20 second stage small businesses flourish and thrive with the help of business experts from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. With the help of these experts, we hope to create new jobs right here in Colorado for Colorado citizens. This bill has already passed the House Business Committee has been referred to the Committee of the Whole House of Representatives.

Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper on May 24, 2013.

"Critical Care Paramedics"
This bill will help certified paramedics in Colorado to better carry out the duties of their jobs. It certifies those individuals who have the credentials to be classified as Critical Care Paramedics and will help keep great Colorado paramedics employed in Colorado. This bill was already passed on third and final reading with bipartisan and unanimous support. It now moves to the Senate.

Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper on March 8, 2013.

"Use of Fort Lyon Facility Repurposing"
The bill designates a portion of the Fort Lyon property, which was the site of a former state correctional facility, as a transitional residential community for the homeless to provide substance abuse supportive services, medical care, job training, and skill development for the residents. For this purpose, the division of housing in the department of local affairs is required to provide for the maintenance and operation of the Fort Lyon property and to enter into a contract with a private contractor to establish the residential community.

Signed into law via the Garcia/Dore Amendment to SB13-210 on May 24, 2013.

"Confidentially of Certain Communications Among Emergency Responders"
This bill prevents certain emergency personnel from testifying in court about information provided during the course of peer support services, without the consent of the recipient of peer support. It applies to emergency service providers, members of a rescue unit, members designated as part of a emergency medical service provider's peer support team, or members designated as part of a rescue unit's support team. The bill also requires recipient of peer support consent when his or her testimony is requested in court.

Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper on March 22, 2013.

"Creation of a Navy Seal License Plate"
This bill creates the Navy SEALs special license plate. The plate will be available to honorably discharged, retired, reserve or active members of the Navy SEALs, who pay regular license plate fees, including a one-time additional fee of $50. Of this fee, $25 is credited to the Licensing Services Cash Fund (LSCF) and $25 is credited to the Highway Users Tax Fund (HUTF). The plate will indicate whether the owner is a veteran, reserve member, or active member of the Navy SEALS, and will be available January 1, 2014.

Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper on June 5, 2013.

"School Resource Office"
The bill defines "school resource officer" and "community partners" and expressly includes school resource officers as community partners for the purposes of school safety, readiness, and incident management. The school safety resource center is required to contract the services of a full-time grant writer and to create and provide templates and guidance to school districts and schools seeking school safety funding. The school safety resource center is also required to provide suggestions concerning training for school resource officers. The school safety resource center advisory board is increased from 13 to 14 members to reflect the addition of a school resource officer.

Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper on May 23, 2013.

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