The legislative services team within the Department of Regulatory Agencies represents the Department at the General Assembly by working to advance policies for consumer protection. The team tracks bills that may impact DORA divisions, conducts stakeholder outreach related to actions under consideration by the General Assembly, and assists divisions with implementation of new legislation. The team also plays a vital role reporting on budgetary matters and DORA compliance with SMART Act mandates to state legislators.
Colorado General Assemby
The Second Regular Session of the 72nd General Assemby adjourned on June 15, 2020. The First Regular Session of the 73rd General Assemby will convene on January 23, 2021.
SMART Government Act
The State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act was passed by the General Assembly in 2010. The law outlines requirements for budgeting by state departments and created a role in state budgeting for legislative committees of reference. At Annual SMART Act hearings, Departments present performance plans, regulatory and legislative agendas, and budget requests to Joint Committees of Reference.
Each year, DORA divisions monitor legislation that may impact our work or that of our stakeholders. If passed, divisions begin the process of implentation to ensure compliance with new statutory mandates. See the following implementation projects currently underway:
- Division of Insurance
2020 Legislative Implementation
- Senate Bill 20-215: Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise
2019 Legislative Implementation
- Division of Professions and Occupations
- House Bill 20-1014: Misuse of Human Reproductive Material
- House Bill 20-1017: Substance Use Disorder Treatment in the Criminal Justice System
- House Bill 20-1041: Physician Assistants Financial Responsibility Requirements
- House Bill 20- 1050 Other Outlet Drugs Pharmacies Distribution
- House Bill 20-1051: Identification of Veterans Remains for Proper Military Burial
- House Bill 20-1056: Nonsubstantive Reorganization Dental Practice Act
- House Bill 20-1061: Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Prevention Medications
- House Bill 20-1065: Harm Reduction Substance Use Disorders
- House Bill 20-1078: Pharmacy Benefit Management Firm Claims Payment
- House Bill 20-1101: Assisted Living Residence Referrals
- House Bill 20-1158: Insurance Cover Infertility Diagnosis Treatment Preserve
- House Bill 20- 1183: Sunset Continue Certification of Nurse Aides
- House Bill 20-206: Sunset Mental Health Professionals
- House Bill 20-1209: Sunset Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Health Care
- House Bill 20-1210 Sunset State Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- House Bill 20-1212: Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration
- House Bill 20-1216: Sunset Continue Nurse Practice Act
- House Bill 20-1218: Sunset Continue Hearing Aid Providers
- House Bill 20-1219: Sunset Continue Licensing Audiologists
- House Bill 20-1230: Sunset Occupational Therapy Practice Act
- House Bill 20-1232: Equity in Access to Clinical Trials in Medicaid
- House Bill 20-1326: Create Occupational Credential Portability Program
- House Bill 20-1425: Hospital Patient Visitation Rights During COVID-19
- Senate Bill 20-007: Treatment Opioid and Other Substance Abuse Disorders
- Senate Bill 20-026: Workers' Compensation for Audible Psychological Trauma
- Senate Bill 20-028: Substance Use Disorder Recovery
- Senate Bill 20-043: Out-of-Network Provider Reimbursement Rate
- Senate Bill 20-102: Provider Disclosure to Patients Regarding Formal Actions Based on Sexual Misconduct
- Senate Bill 20-120: Apprentice Examinations and Professional Licenses
- Senate Bill 20-163: School Entry Immunization
- Public Utilities Commission
- 2020 Legislative Implementation
- House Bill 20-1293: Amends the requirements for the imposition, collection and uses of the emergency telephone charge imposed by local 911 governing bodies.
- Senate Bill 20-030: Directs the Public Utilities Commission to require information from regulated public utilities and prescribe rules in the areas of medical exemptions from tiered rates, disconnections and delinquencies.
- Senate Bill 20-118: Concerning the transfer of the function of issuing permits for the transportation of hazardous materials by motor vehicle from the Public Utilities Commission to the Department of Transportation.
- 2019 Legislative Implementation
- Senate Bill 19-236: Reauthorizes the Public Utilities Commission for seven years and adds various requirements related to clean energy planning, energy impact bonds, and wholesale electric cooperative resource planning.
- Senate Bill 19-077: Establishes a process at the PUC whereby a public utility may undertake implementation of an electric motor vehicle infrastructure program within its certificated territory, and allows cost recovery.
- House Bill 19-1003: Increases the maximum size of a Community Solar Garden (CSG) and makes other amendments to the statute authorizing the creation of CSGs.
- House Bill 19-1261: Establishes statewide greenhouse gas pollution reduction goals.
- Senate Bill 19-078: Disqualifies an internet service provider (ISP) from receiving money through a grant from the Broadband Deployment Board, or through any state fund established to help finance broadband deployment, if the ISP engages in certain practices that interfere with an open internet.
- 2020 Legislative Implementation