2014 House Bills
HB14-1001: Tax Credit For Prop Destroyed By A Natural CauseOppose
Position: Oppose

The bill establishes the state as the “insurer of last resort” for personal residential and business property.  The bill raises basic questions about the state’s responsibility to use public funds taken from one group of citizens to make restitution to another group, based upon their ownership of property that may be located in flood plains, hazardous slope areas, landslide areas, forested areas, or for other “natural caused / force majeure” calamities such as lightning strikes, wild fires, high winds, or earthquakes.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1005: Relocate Ditch Headgate Without Change CaseSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
HB14-1006: Tax Remittance For Local Marketing DistrictsOppose
Position: Oppose

Currently, businesses must remit certain taxes quarterly, this bill would require them to remit those taxes monthly. This will be especially painful for small businesses.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1007: Prohib Ag Burning Fire Danger & Restrict Fireworks Oppose
Position: Oppose

This bill extends the regulatory reach over agricultural producers.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
HB14-1008: Allow CWRPDA Private Entity Forest Health LoansOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would allow a governmental agency to make loans to private entities for water projects and “forest health projects”. We’re not so keen on the government’s risk management abilities in loaning out other people’s money (that is, ours) and don’t see this as a role of government.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1011: Advanced Industry Economic Development Funding Oppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1012: Advanced Industry Investment Income Tax CreditOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1013: Advanced Industries Workforce Development ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1014: Modify Job Growth Incentive Tax CreditOppose
Position: Oppose

More targeted tax credits with strings on employers etc. If the state’s taxes are too high to attract business then let’s address that competitive issue on a systemic basis, not by creating more complicated hoops that will only benefit some employers and not others.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1015: Extend Transitional Jobs ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1016: Procurement Technical Assistance ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1017: Expand Availability Of Affordable Housing Oppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1021: Highway Restriction Violation PenaltiesOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1028: Oppose Federal Special Use Permit Water RightsSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • States vs. Federal Balance of Power
HB14-1030: Hydroelectric Generation IncentiveOppose
Position: Oppose

Creating more “incentives” for favored (today) energy generation, picking more winners/losers. The concept of a free market continues to get beaten down by the central planner mindset.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1033: Regulatory Reform Act 2014Support
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1038: Tastings Alcohol Beverages Other Manufacturers Support
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1039: Linking Student Data Preschool To KindergartenOppose
Position: Oppose

This is a significant expansion of federal and state education into the area of pre-school / pre-kindergarten – ages three through five, which are not part of Colorado’s constitutional mandate on education.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1041: Concealed Handgun Carry Without PermitSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1045: Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Oppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1047: Remove Booking Photographs From InternetOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1052: Ground Water Management Dist Enforcement AuthOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1053: Consistent Requirements Pediatric Dental BenefitsOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1054: Restrict Minors' Access Artificial Tanning DevicesOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1055: Legislative License PlatesSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1057: Fraud Investigators Unit Surcharge Report Oppose
Position: Oppose

Add a new euphemism to your tax-increase lexicon – “surcharge”. This is of course different than a tax, or a fee, or a... well you get the idea. The $100k/year in surcharges will allow the Department of Public Safety to “hire additional staff and conduct additional operations” according to the fiscal note.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1058: Voluntary Labeling Genetically Engineered FoodOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1059: No Disorderly Conduct For Blanks Fired At FuneralsSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1063: Deadly Force Against Intruders At BusinessesSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
HB14-1064: Severance Tax Distribution Limits to Local GovtSupport
Position: Support

This bill would prohibit any local government that has a moratorium or permanent prohibition on the extraction of oil and gas from receiving more money than when they enacted the ban. In other words, if you ban the oil/gas, don't expect to get any additional oil/gas tax revenue.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1065: Motor Carrier Transp Self-indemnity Contracts VoidOppose
Position: Oppose

POL believes that people are intelligent enough to look after their own interests. It is not the role of government, no matter how benevolent the intent, to dictate the terms of private contracts in the free market.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1067: Renewable Energy Electric Std REAs Move To 2025Oppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1068: Physician Report Driving Condition Dept RevenueOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1070: Bidding For County Gov Procurement ContractsSupport
Position: Support

We like the idea of going to the market to find the best bids for government funded construction related services. It’s what any of us as individuals do when faced with a big job – we research our options, get bids, and call references. We do that with OUR money. Government should do no less with OUR money.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1072: Income Tax Credit For Child Care ExpensesOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1074: Allowable Expenses Renting Tax Exempt PropertySupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1075: Deferral Unemployment Insurance BenefitsOppose
Position: Oppose

Easing the expansion of unemployment benefits for the convenience of recipients.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1076: Early Childhood Quality Incentive Program Oppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1077: Raise Cap on Oil & Gas Conservation & Environment Response FundOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would would increase the Environmental Response Account slush fund from $4 million dollars to $6 million dollars.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1079: Monetary Amount Limited Offering SecuritiesSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1083: Acute Treatment Units Stock MedicationsSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1085: Adult Education And Literacy ProgramsOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1087: Prohibit Collective Bargaining Public EmployeesSupport
Position: Support

Call us confused… people who think that government is the wonderful answer to everything also believe that there is a great need for unions to protect government workers from… other government workers who are their bosses… and that said unions should be bargaining against those who pay their salaries, which is us, the taxpayers. We can’t decide if irony or hypocrisy wins out with respect to public employee unions. This bill would clear the air – taxpayers should win by not being held hostage to public employee unions.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1092: Create CO Youth Conservation Corps Tax CheckoffOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would create a fund in the state treasury as well as a contribution line on Colorado state tax returns to generate income for said fund. We looked, but did not find, any provision in the state constitution demanding that the state become the fundraiser in chief for any particular non-profits.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1093: Establish Creative District Community Loan FundOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1094: Sales & Use Tax Holiday For Back-to-school ItemsOppose
Position: Oppose

There are tax policy bills and there are tax gimmick bills to win political points. This is the latter. While HB1094 is a Dem bill, HB1097 is a Rep bill. The principle applies regardless of political party.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1096: Underfunded Courthouse Facilities Grant ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1097: Sales & Use Tax Holiday Firearms Ammo AccessoriesOppose
Position: Oppose

There are tax policy bills and there are tax gimmick bills to win political points. This is the latter. While HB1094 is a Dem bill, HB1097 is a Rep bill. The principle applies regardless of political party.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1101: Community Solar Garden Bus Per Prop Tax ExemptionOppose
Position: Oppose

This is another case of the government picking winners and losers in the free market and using the vast majority of taxpayers to subsidize a selected politically favored group.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1102: Gifted Education ProgramsOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill over-rides local control with state mandates. Schools already work at satisfying existing state regulations for G/T education. While I empathize with the needs of G/T (having had two students in G/T programs in Colorado), this bill creates expensive mandates that ignore local situations.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1103: Securities Criteria Legal Investment Public FundsSupport
Position: Support

Allowing for a small expansion in the criteria for eligible securities for public fund investment.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1104: Revenge Internet Posting Intimate PhotosOppose
Position: Oppose

A well-intentioned bill to protect people from themselves, but the POL principle of personal responsibility can’t be replaced by punitive government oversight. In addition, the penalties in this bill are harsh and could be disproportional.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1105: Tax Exempt Gas Sales Between Gov EntitiesOppose
Position: Oppose

Government entities do not have to pay gas and fuel taxes, and this bill would codify the current practice of various government entities selling gas back/forth to each other tax free. While this bill would not create much difference on how things are currently done, the reality is that this practice creates an unseen tax burden on the taxpayer and presents a moral hazard by incentivizing government to take advantage of tax breaks that taxpayers do not get.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1106: Tax Deduction For Affordable Care Act PenaltyOppose
Position: Oppose

POL understands and sympathizes with the impetus of this bill, trying to protect Colorado citizens from Obamacare. However, this bill would essentially force some Colorado taxpayers to offset/pay for the Obamacare penalties of others, and the end result is that Colorado citizens would still be footing the bill for these Obamacare penalties through a reduction in Colorado tax revenue.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1108: Copayments For Physical Rehabilitation ServicesOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1110: School Boards & Executive SessionOppose
Position: Oppose

What appears to be a bill on transparency is actually a union attack on attorney-client rights for one specific entity – school boards. While POL is all for transparency, POL is also for the equal protection of the rule of law, not for specifically targeted attacks or restrictions on a specific group.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1113: Electric Renewable Energy Standard ReductionSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1115: Medicaid Expansion Private Insurance Pilot ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

While the concept of the bill is an improvement over the current Medicaid situation, a more ambitious, and principled, approach would be to attack the problem of Medicaid expansion instead of creating more government interventionist band aid-responses in an effort to mitigate the consequences of Medicaid expansion. 

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1117: Create Colorado Premature Birth CommissionOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1118: Advanced Placement Incentives Pilot ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

POL is all for AP coursework in high school. The ability to attain college credit for advanced studies in high school is a great opportunity for students in preparation for college. Carving out “at-risk” and rural students & teachers for special monetary incentives doesn’t seem like the uniform education that the state constitution requires.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1119: Tax Credit For Donating Food To Charitable OrgOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill creates a tax deduction, in effect for 5 years, for only those who file a Schedule F for certain food contributions. Practically every major food bank in Colorado showed up to testify for this one, and why not? Picking winners and loser via tax code is a standard staple (get it… staple… food donations…?) of the progressive.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1120: Tax Increase Approval By 2014 For School FinanceSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1124: In-state Tuition American Indian Tribes Ties To COOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would allow Native American students who live outside of Colorado to pay in-state college tuition if they are members of an American Indian tribe that has historical ties to Colorado. Estimated cost to Colorado taxpayers is over $5 million per year. Why let a little thing like non-residence get in the way of in-state tuition?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1126: Dense Breast Tissue NotificationOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1131: Cyber BullyingOppose
Position: Oppose

This is a serious topic, so why does POL oppose? There are significant and detailed entries in Title 18 of the CRS that deal with harassment, stalking, and hazing. It seems superfluous to pile on another layer of regulations dealing with how harassment is delivered, when the definition of harassment has not changed. Another obvious problem with this bill is that it is based upon subjective definitions combined with the highly emotional variances found in the personalities and characters of
minors. This could become a legal free-for-all. It is another example of the state nanny system.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1132: Hours Alcohol Sales On-premises ConsumptionSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
HB14-1135: Restrict General Fund Medicaid ExpansionSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1136: Regulation Of Continuing Professional EdSupport
Position: Support

A modest relaxation of government regulation? We’ll take it.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1146: Prohibit Greyhound RacingOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1151: Repeal Ammunition Magazine ProhibitionSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1152: Passive Surveillance RecordsSupport
Position: Support

This is another good bill that was amended in the name of compromise. The amendments remove most of the teeth, since most government agencies don’t keep records past one year anyway, mostly due to practicalities as opposed to concerns about privacy or liberty. But still, it’s an improvement and a recognition that there are (theoretically, anyway) some limits on the growing police state.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
HB14-1154: Employment Of Community College FacultyOppose
Position: Oppose

A very expensive and heavy-handed dictate of hiring practices for higher-ed. Why do some legislators think that they know how to run every business they’ve ever heard of and are more than willing to use the force of government to do it?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1156: Eligibility Age School Lunch Protection ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1157: Policies Allowing Concealed Carry In Public SchoolSupport
Position: Support

It is a very good idea to allow local control by boards of education to decide how to best provide for the safety of their students.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1159: Biogas System Components Sales & Use Tax ExemptionOppose
Position: Oppose

There is a line between tax-policy vs. tax breaks. This is no different in principle than any other intervention into the free markets by picking winners and losers, in this case, through the implementation of tax policy.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1161: Preserve & Expand Amtrak Interstate Rail ServiceOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1165: Private Construction Contract Retainage & PaymentsOppose
Position: Oppose

Some legislators continue to mandate by law the provisions of private contracts. Free markets are based upon the willing exchange between two parties and should not have the terms of contracts dictated by government.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1166: Renewal Of Concealed Handgun PermitsSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
HB14-1167: English Language Proficiency ProgramsOppose
Position: Oppose

Why do we insist on keeping kids down by lowering expectations for students even while increasing state-down mandates on more assessments, testing, reporting, and demands to “… meet the linguistic and academic needs of the English language learners…”? This bill extends funding for “English Language Learners” (this replaces the prior statute language of “students with limited English proficiency”) from 2 years to 5 years, creates additional burdens for local school districts, and throws more money at enabling programs destined to fail due to a lack of personal responsibility or accountability.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1168: Repeal Private Investigators Vol Licensure ActSupport
Position: Support

This bill admits to an abject failure. In 2011, the bi-partisan bill HB11-1195 was passed to create a voluntary regulation program for private investigators. The thought was that PI’s would flock to be regulated by the state. The state started losing money from the git-go, so they raised the tax, er… fee. Of course, applications dropped even further, and the death spiral is crashing to the ground in 2014. This bill will repeal this regulatory idea. But fear not – the state has a better idea – mandatory regulation in 2014. Of course, POL opposes that bill.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1169: Sunset Volunteer Firefighter Advisory CommitteeSupport
Position: Support

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1174: Sunset Continue Natural Areas CouncilOppose
Position: Oppose

The Colorado Natural Areas Council (CANC) was created in 1977 and renewed in 2004. This bill says we’ll keep it forever (at least they’re honest about their intentions) because having the state lock up land in order to keep people off of it is a role of government (not).

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
HB14-1175: Minority K-12 Teachers Study Strategy ReportOppose
Position: Oppose

What happened to MLK’s sentiment that “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1178: Sales & Use Tax Exemption For Space Flight PropOppose
Position: Oppose

We must have a sales and use tax exemption for qualified property used in space flight, right? Have you begun to grow weary of just how many people other than you get all the goodies? If you’ve been reading POL for a few years, or even just this year, and this theme has not become familiar, then you haven’t really been reading POL.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1179: Veterans Workforce Accelerator Grant ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

The “Advanced Industries” legislation just keeps spawning more bad bills. Growing government programs and using the force of government to create intervention in the free markets seems to know no bounds. Combined with a dose of patriotism, how can one resist, unless you understand the principles of good governance. More grant money giveaways, more government plunder of some for the benefit of others. But won’t it look grand on those political flyers. Just another day in the legislature.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1180: Sunset Continue Hunting Fishing OutfittersOppose
Position: Oppose

More regulation. This is a great example of “rent-seeking”, as the outfitters organization supports this bill. Please see prior POL articles (by Bratten, Beezley, Neville) regarding this issue of regulation on our website for more information on this concept.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1181: Sunset Continue Nurse-physician Adv Task ForceOppose
Position: Oppose

More regulation and government commissions. Again.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1182: Public Ed Accountability 2015-16 School YearOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill accommodates a transition to the PARCC’s assessment and incorporates test participation rates into a school district’s performance. Many parents opt out of such testing so this would negatively impact district’s whose parent’s make use of their rights under local and parental control.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1183: Veterans Full EmploymentOppose
Position: Oppose

The bill doesn’t define “active military”, nor does it identify any of the circumstances of the reinstatement of a license, just giving a carte blanche pass for some but not others. Political posturing at its finest.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1189: Ease Plumbing License Requirements In Rural AreasSupport
Position: Support

City-folk may not understand this bill, but here’s the deal: the fact that the state licenses someone doesn’t mean what you think. The reality is that state licensure/regulation can provide a false sense of security to people who don’t want to think or act for themselves. Common sense folks who know how to fix/build things know this – a dependable person who knows how to do the work should be “allowed” to do the work, not have to beg the state for a permission slip.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1192: Repeal Health Benefit ExchangeSupport
Position: Support

Most of us agree that Obamacare is an extremely unpopular federal intrusion into the free market that makes things worse in the health care industry. By repealing the Health Benefit Exchange, we could put the responsibility for Obamacare back onto the federal government and this administration that has shoved this law down our throats. Now that we’ve had a chance to read the bill (thank you Nancy Pelosi), and begun to experience the bill (thank you Kathleen Sebelius), we know for a fact that it is an unmitigated disaster. The federal government and this administration should own, and be responsible for, their mistake, not get help from us to somehow try to make it work. If the fed’s want Obamacare, let them implement it, let the consequences of its collapse fall down upon their own heads, and let us as a state wash our hands of any responsibility for it while we still can.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • States vs. Federal Balance of Power
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1196: Local Government Marijuana Impacts Task ForceOppose
Position: Oppose

More government, more regulation, more… well, you get the trend.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1198: Military & Family Professional LicensingSupport
Position: Support

This bill would actually reduce some government regulation.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1201: Align PERA Highest Avg Salary With Other StatesSupport
Position: Support

A fiscally sane approach for NEW members – would not affect existing participants.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1202: Local Accountability Requirements for School DistrictsSupport
Position: Support

Local control of education, ability for parents to opt-out of state mandated testing without hurting school accreditation processes – sounds like the way it’s supposed to be.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1204: Flexibility For Rural School DistrictsSupport
Position: Support

How about limiting some government? This bill seems to support some limits on government regulation in rural school districts.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1205: Veterans Assistance Grant ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

Here’s a new idea – let’s create more government grants for non-profit organizations and government agencies to… oh wait, that’s not new.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1207: CDPHE Household Medication Take-back ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

You can’t be trusted to dispose of your unused medications, so the government is here to help.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1209: Marijuana Diversion Prevention Grant ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

I think this is the first time we’ve seen a grant program that proposes to give grant money to entities outside of the state of Colorado (but we’ve only been doing this for 4 years, or maybe we just never noticed this before). Yes, grant money for the “Colorado State Patrol and other state law enforcement agencies in states that share a border with Colorado to assist efforts that prevent retail marijuana diversion outside of the state of Colorado.” Do you think that there’s something humorous about funding the police to keep marijuana IN the state?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1211: Ensuring Access To Complex Rehabilitation MedicaidOppose
Position: Oppose

More expansion in health care and increased expenditures to pay for it.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1212: Full-day Kindergarten Funding For DistrictsOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would almost double the funding for full-day kindergarten education at a cost of over $170,000,000 in 2014-15, and it grows from there. The state constitution does “…provide for the establishment and maintenance of a thorough and uniform system of free public schools throughout the state, wherein all residents of the state, between the ages of six and twenty-one years, may be educated gratuitously.” If your kids were like mine, when they were 6 they were going into the first grade, not kindergarten. Kindergarten is not a constitutional function of our state government, but constitutionality never seems to stop mission creep when it comes to government. Cradle to grave is the goal.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of Colorado
HB14-1214: Increased Penalties Emer Med Serv ProvidersOppose
Position: Oppose

POL loves emergency medical providers. They have a passion for saving lives and helping people – all people – equally. It is that same respect for the life of every person that they serve (equally) that results in a rating of oppose. Crimes against emergency service providers should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in the same way as those same crimes should be prosecuted when committed against anyone else.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1215: Fed Home Loan Bank Rights In Collateral Of InsurerSupport
Position: Support

Property rights should be protected for everyone, equally.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1216: Safety Markings For Rural Towers Under 200 FeetNot Rated
Position: Not Rated

Update 3/20: We originally rated this as a support, but we are amending to not rated. The main reason is that of conflicting property rights and defining where those property rights begin and end.

Previous Position: Support

This one was a little bit of a challenge, but ultimately POL supports because of the impact that erecting towers has on aviation. Currently towers 200 feet and up are regulated, and this bill affects towers in the 50-200 range.

This legislation supports the principles of:
    Personal Responsibility (for those erecting Towers)
HB14-1220: Discovery Requirements in Criminal CasesOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would force the defense in a criminal case to make all sorts of things available to the prosecutor 35 days before trial, the nature of the defense strategy, and all sorts of additional items. In the "Discovery" process, prosecutors are required to provide all "raw evidence". That is, the evidence that the prosecutor could potentially use. The prosecutor is generally not required to to indicate their intent to use this evidence, nor their strategy. This is provide the defendant, who is innocent unit proven guilty, the ability to defend himself from the allegations. Prosecutors are also required to provide any exculpatory evidence (evidence that might favor the defendant). The defense has a more limited requirement to provide certain information to the prosecutor. Various jurisdictions typically limit some of the requirements for defendant under the defendant's rights as protected by the 5th amendment. This bill goes too far in attempting to force a defendant to provide an over-abundance of information to the prosecutor to the detriment of the defendant.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
  • Uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of Colorado
HB14-1222: Clean Energy Project Private Activity BondsOppose
Position: Oppose

Expanding counties’ ability to issue private activity bonds for the financing of “clean energy” projects. More government using taxpayer money, putting taxpayer funds at risk, to spend upon favored winners.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1224: Service-disabled Veteran Owned Small Bus Set AsideOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill was one of the bills we rated in our POL Training class in Grand Junction just over a week ago. The veteran that was in the small group that analyzed this bill really struggled with this bill because initially his heart said that this set aside was the least the government could do to recognize a veteran’s service. He then considered that veterans like himself fought for our country in order to defend the Constitution and to uphold the rule of law, which should be applied equally to everyone. This was a tough call for a veteran to make, and I was humbled in watching him make his decision.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1225: Require Hands-free Telephones When DrivingOppose
Position: Oppose

More nanny-state regulations. Can we outlaw every possible distraction? Would it matter if we did?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1226: Local Government Authority To Regulate PlasticsOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would allow ridiculous restrictions on the packaging, labeling etc. used in the packaging of a consumer product. We wish we could score this as violating the principle of “Limited Government” multiple times.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1228: Court-ordered Driving School Evaluation RepealSupport
Position: Support

Reducing some government regulation? A refreshing change of pace we can support.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1230: Restoration Of Firearm Carry Right For Some FelonsSupport
Position: Support

A bipartisan bill to allow non-violent felons a process for the restoration of their right to own a firearm given certain conditions are met.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
HB14-1231: State Talent & Market IntelligenceOppose
Position: Oppose

Colorado’s got talent! And this bill proposes to centrally evaluate and deploy that talent because of course who better than government to centrally plan a state’s economy? Do these people know anything at all about economics, or actually running a business, or the role of government?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1253: Recommendations Civil Commitment Review Task ForceOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill should raise grave concerns for those interested in civil liberties. The changes to several definitions, removal of the right to a jury trial, and other factors makes this bill very troublesome.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1254: Limit HOA Transfer Fees & Late Payment PenaltiesOppose
Position: Oppose

This is another mandate upon private transactions because apparently homeowners associations aren’t capable enough to manage their own business and must be protected by government.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1256: Higher Ed Employment Contracts For LibrariansSupport
Position: Support

Allows higher education institutions to hire librarians on a contract basis similar to teachers.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1257: Performance Audit Health Benefit ExchangeSupport
Position: Support

While the compliance with audit results has been steadily eroding, below the 90%-range, it still seems like a good idea to audit just what our state government systems are doing. And a system that has gotten such huge influxes of cash should be carefully monitored.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1263: Tobacco Products To Persons Under Twenty-one YearsOppose
Position: Oppose

You can choose to vote, you can choose to enter into legally binding contracts, you can choose to risk your life and limb for your country, but God forbid that you choose to smoke a cigarette. The state of Colorado wants to make that choice for your own good.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1268: Nonprobationary Teacher No Indefinite Unpaid LeaveOppose
Position: Oppose

Force placing teachers violates local control. This is an attack on prior educational reforms. Have your kids ever had a bad teacher that effectively couldn’t be fired? Oppose this for the children!

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1269: Marketplace Fairness & Small Business ProtectionOppose
Position: Oppose

This is an internet sales tax and a grab for more revenue. If a tax is supposed to support the local infrastructure, etc., but the company is out of state, why must you tax them? They are not using your resources. You might say “But they drive on our roads to deliver their products…” But those vehicles pay their licensing, registration taxes etc. Taxing out of state companies in the guise of “fairness” to local brick/mortar companies is not fair, it is forcing those out of state entities to pay for the local government services provided to the local companies, and how is that “fair”? At the end of the day, this is a grab for revenue in order to fund ever-expanding government.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1270: Sunset Pet Animal Care FacilitiesOppose
Position: Oppose

More expanding government regulation. The sun never seems to set on Sunset provisions.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1272: Certification Of Home InspectorsOppose
Position: Oppose

The state must regulate everything for your own good. The thirst for government regulation and expansion never ends.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1275: Real Property Purchase Shooting Range Oppose
Position: Oppose

I doubt that there are many readers of POL who are more avid shooters than POL. After all, my daughter is the President of the Firearms Club at Hillsdale College and my son did finish 5th overall individually at the 4H National Championships as a 14 year old. But as much as we enjoy shooting sports and hunting, POL does not believe that it is the role of government to buy land, build shooting ranges, and maintain them at taxpayer expense. Yes, we’ve read the Colorado Wildlife Commission Policy and Procedure B-15.5 on Shooting ranges, July 1, 2004, as well as other documents. We just don’t buy it.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1276: Grant Program To Train High School Students In CPROppose
Position: Oppose

How about focusing on graduating high school students who don’t need remediation in college first?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1277: Military Family Relief Fund EligibilityOppose
Position: Oppose

Expands current grant eligibility of 30+ days of active military service to include being called to duty in the state by executive order of the governor.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1279: Income Tax Credit For Business Personal PropertyNot Rated
Position: Not Rated

Update 3/31:Not Rated

Update 3/20: We originally rated this bill as a support, but since then we have been inundated with some very strong arguments against. This bill is currently under review. I anticipate that we will issue a full commentary on this bill once the dust settles on this analysis.

Previous Position: Support

The business personal property tax is an annual tax on property. This is a terrible tax that has been fought every year. This solution, while not perfect, would at least help offset some of the affect of this tax and might even have a chance of passing.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1281: Terminal Patients Investigational Drugs Support
Position: Support

What’s this – a bill that would allow individuals and their doctors to make their own medical decisions? Why yes, I believe it is.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1282: Insurance Transactions In A Foreign LanguageSupport
Position: Support

Creates a modest reduction of regulation / paperwork. When a transaction is done in a foreign language, all paperwork must be also given in English, including advertisement material, etc. This bill would eliminate some of that redundant material for advertisements, etc.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1283: Modify Prescription Drug Monitoring ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

Expands the role of government and regulators, increases involvement of the departments of public health and environment, and health care policy and financing, increases ability of law enforcement to obtain data, and increases overall scope of the electronic prescription drug monitoring program.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1284: Legislative License Plate Registration NumberOppose
Position: Oppose

Ok, so a legislator ran a bill to kill the special license plates that legislators are issued when they take office. Other legislators couldn’t allow such a fine gesture to go un-co-opted. But of course, they had to have their cake and eat it too. So they still get their special license plates, but at least now their plates may actually result in the occasional red-light photo ticket since they will be legitimate plates. The special plates are still a frivolous show of how some animals are more equal than others. Real citizen-legislators don’t need the special attention.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1285: Taxpayer Protection Act DisclosuresOppose
Position: Oppose

More government requirements for private business, mandating contractual terms, disclosures, etc. Because government makes you safe.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1288: Student Immunizations Prior To School AttendanceOppose
Position: Oppose

This is an interesting one and worthy of more discussion than we have room for here. Attend a POL training session because this bill will be on the syllabus. In a nutshell, when do you have the moral authority to employ a pre-emptive “Bush Doctrine” initiation of force upon others against their will just because there’s the chance that they might possibly cause you to get sick? (For those who don’t recall, the “Bush Doctrine” was a position that the U.S. could pre-emptively attack another sovereign country if we reasonably believe that they are planning to do us harm). Later this week we may post an article on this topic on our POL website.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1289: Reinvest Government Moneys FDIC Insured AccountsSupport
Position: Support

This is a straightforward bill that advances the fiduciary responsibilities of the state when handling our money.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1291: Permit Charter Schools Hire Armed School SecuritySupport
Position: Support

Let’s be fair to charter schools!

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1292: The Student Success ActOppose
Position: Oppose

With a title like this, how could one possibly oppose? Don’t we ALL want to see students succeed? Well, remember last year’s Senate Bill 213, which was passed but was contingent upon a $BILLION dollar tax hike in order to fund it? Well, Amendment 66 went down in flames, for good reason. This bill resurrects many of the pieces of last year’s Senate bill 213. Some of the pieces are good, but some are not, and this bill contains both and is another push against local control for school districts.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1295: Foreclosure Loan Single Contact No Dual TrackingOppose
Position: Oppose

Putting more limitations on the ability of lenders to act on their private contracts and playing big government brother for those who default.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1296: DOR Enforce Laws On Designer DrugsOppose
Position: Oppose

Empowering the division of liquor enforcement to enforce criminal provisions on drugs seems to be a pretty clear expansion of their role in government function.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1297: Analyze Health Data Regarding Front Range Oil GasOppose
Position: Oppose

A fishing expedition against energy, funded not by Greenpeace, but by taxpayers.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1298: Financing Of Public SchoolsOppose
Position: Oppose

Increases spending, expands pre-school (NOT the constitutional mandate of the state constitution), allows more debt.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1300: GF Transfer To CO State Fair Authority Cash FundOppose
Position: Oppose

This will be a touchy topic for some. Capital improvement funds for the state fair grounds. We’ve been to the state fair a number of times, and have had my kids compete there in 4H. But rather than have the state continue to pour money into this, let’s consider some alternatives on the bigger issue of the role of government.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1301: Safe Routes To School Program State FundingOppose
Position: Oppose

While I do like to bicycle around this beautiful state, I don’t feel compelled to force taxpayers to pay for my activity. This is a great example of a program started with some of that “free” federal money, but guess what happened to that? Gone. Does that mean we pull the program? Um, no.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1305: Renewable Energy EZ Investment Tax Credit RefundOppose
Position: Oppose

While the argument can be made that this will reduce future tax credit carryovers by 15%, it will also require taxpayers to make further “renewable energy investments” and picks winners/losers based on renewable energy and enterprise zones.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1310: Funding Breathalyzers For Law EnforcementOppose
Position: Oppose

State sponsored breathalyzers for everyone! Why worry about local needs, control or budgetary limits? The cash return on investment will be worth it!

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Personal Responsibility
HB14-1311: Job Creation & Main Street Revitalization ActOppose
Position: Oppose

Tax credits for you in the name of historic preservation. Call it Job Creation, toss in a very populist sounding Main Street Revitalization, and you’ve got more winners chosen by statute. Oh, that’s not YOU? Too bad, better luck next time.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1312: Continue Foreclosure Deferment ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

Yet another extension for this program, yet another “oppose” rating from POL.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1313: Pet Animal License Rabies Vaccination RequirementOppose
Position: Oppose

Expanding requirements on dog owners to now include owners of cats and ferrets, because you need the government to tell you everything. Understand that POL is not against the idea of people vaccinating their pets, but is this really the role of government to force people to do this?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1314: School Dist & Charter School Mill Levy OverridesSupport
Position: Support

This bill would allow for Charter Schools to be included in the process of local elections regarding approving mill levy increases for local school funding.

This legislation the principles of:
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1316: Procurement Availability Utilization AnalysisOppose
Position: Oppose

Another fishing expedition, this one in search of quotas.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1317: Colorado Child Care Assistance Program ChangesOppose
Position: Oppose

Expanding the nanny state, one bill at a time.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1318: Continuation Enhanced Unemployment Ins BenefitsOppose
Position: Oppose

Extending and enhancing unemployment benefits.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1325: Sales Tax Refund For Clean Tech & Medical DevicesOppose
Position: Oppose

We could simply cut and paste this explanation from any of about, oh dozens of other bills run at the capitol. Picking winners and losers, subsidizing favored companies, er industries, in the name of green.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1326: Tax Incentives For Alternative Fuel TrucksOppose
Position: Oppose

We could simply cut and paste this explanation from any of about, oh dozens of other bills run at the capitol. Picking winners and losers, subsidizing favored companies, er industries, in the name of green. Oh, wait - did I just cut and paste that from another bill…?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1327: Measures Expand Deployment Communication NetworksOppose
Position: Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1328: Connect Colorado Broadband ActOppose
Position: Oppose

We addressed these telecomm bills before. Is it the role of government to provide commercial services to areas that it deems underserved, using the force of government to take property (such as your money via taxes) from some and give it to others (by paying for their extra-expensive broadband services)? Every time you see government subsidize or prop something up, you see waste, fraud, abuse and a net drain on the economy as government creates what Hayek and Von Mises called mal-investment.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1331: Regulate Basic Local Exchange ServiceOppose
Position: Oppose

We addressed the group of complicated telecomm bills before. Applying old regulatory schemes to new technology doesn’t seem like a good idea. The bill would, among other things, force local exchange providers that accept high cost support mechanism distributions to, in return, be subject to the commission retaining the authority to designate providers of last resort, determine a maximum price for basic service, prohibit the discontinuance of basic service, and impose fees related to the high cost support mechanism, emergency service, and telecommunications relay service.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1335: Contributions To Candidates Not Major Pol PartiesSupport
Position: Support

This bill essentially would allow minor party and unaffiliated candidates the ability to raise and spend the same aggregate amount of money that major party candidates can currently raise and spend. For major party candidates, money raised in a primary can be used in a general election, so you get two opportunities to raise and spend money as the money raised for a primary can be spent in the general. In many situations for minor party candidates who have no primary, they only have one opportunity to raise/spend money. This bill aims to level that field.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1339: Create Hazardous Substance Site Response FundOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would take $10 million from the general fund and set up a hazardous waste fund to spend state money and garner matching federal moneys in accordance with the "Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980".

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1343: Firefighter Peace Officer PTSD Work Comp CoverageOppose
Position: Oppose

PTSD is certainly a very real issue, but there are several concerns on this bill, not the least of which is why, if PTSD is commonly recognized today, is there a need for this specific diagnosis to be codified? Other issues are that the presumption and standards for PTSD and causes are very broad, the bill mandates payment regardless of the actual diagnosis or even if it is ruled out in a diagnosis, very loose standards for suicide/causation, inconsistent treatment/claim timelines, etc.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1344: Electronic Delivery Of Insurance DocumentsSupport
Position: Support

This bill would loosen regulations a smidge to allow electronic communications for insurers with policyholders instead of paper documents if the policyholder consents.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1346: Nonresident Distribution Of Hard Cider In ColoradoSupport
Position: Support

The regulatory environment is so onerous that in order to allow for something new to enter this market, we need a new law to provide for it.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1348: Extend Effective Date Of Definition Of Retail SaleOppose
Position: Oppose

Continuing to pave the way for internet taxation.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1350: Modifications To Regional Tourism ActOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill continues and tweaks the non-governmental role of taking your tax dollars to create regional tourism projects and tourism zones for specific regions and developers, relying on tax incremental revenue in the process.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1351: Maintain State's Relationship With US MilitaryOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill requires the state’s office of economic development to lobby to bring more of that military money into the state. Colorado as rent-seeker to the federal government, because federal money is free, right?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1356: Strengthen Penalty Authority Oil & Gas CommnOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill brings more onerous restrictions and penalties for oil and gas. Why do some legislators hate energy, the lifeblood of the economy? They run legislation to strangle energy while they run legislation to plunder taxpayers to fund pet projects to “create” jobs; a true lose-lose approach to economics.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1357: In-home Support Services In Medicaid ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

More Medicaid program expansion. A million here, a million there…

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1359: Synchronize Multiple PrescriptionsOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill creates mandates for products/services to be provided by insurers while also dictating what they can charge for those products/services as well as what they must pay to pharmacies.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1360: Sunset Review Licensure Of Home Care AgenciesOppose
Position: Oppose

Increasing regulations at every opportunity.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1369: Durabel Medical Equipment Supplier LicenseOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill requires that any durable medical equipment provider involved with Medicare must be physically located in the state (or within 50 miles), get a license from the Secretary of State, have “sufficient inventory and staff to service or repair products”, and pay fees of $500/location. The absurdity really hits you when the bill literally says, “It is not the intent of the general assembly to set up a barrier to trade in the durable medical equipment industry by licensing these suppliers…” but then the bill goes on to do just that!

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1373: Senior & Disabled Veteran Property Tax ExemptionOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill expands certain Homestead Exemptions, and who is going to vote against special treatment for seniors and veterans? Hopefully, legislators who recognize that it is not the role of government to rob Peter to pay Paul.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1376: Analysis Of Student Opportunity GapsOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would mandate an annual report on public school student participation in core courses and proficiency levels on statewide tests disaggregated by student groups, including sex, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, English language proficiency, disability, gifted and talented, and other groups. Of course, if the data indicates that there are disparities in student proficiency on statewide assessments by course level or that a disproportionate number of students from specific student groups are enrolled in lower-level courses, the public school or school district shall develop strategies to address these disparities.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1377: Colorado Retirement Security Task ForceOppose
Position: Oppose

This one is a real doozy. The bill would create a retirement task force whose job is to develop recommendations to establish a “…Colorado secure retirement plan for employees of private sector employers.” We were somewhat taken aback by the bill’s legislative declaration that “Minority households have too little accumulated wealth to tap for retirement. White households have over six times as much saved in retirement accounts as Hispanic and African American households.” And that “Colorado needs a remedy to the retirement security crisis so the Coloradans can look forward to a retirement free from financial anxiety or hardship.” So this bill assumes that the role of government is to ensure that your retirement is anxiety-free, and of course the very state (Colorado) that already has an extremely under-funded PERA plan for state employees now also wants to take care of your retirement needs, making sure to ameliorate so-called “income inequality” in the process… what could go wrong?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1378: Posting Intimate Photos On The InternetOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill deals with persons 18 years of age or older -- in other words, adults. It would seem that there are currently sufficient laws on the books in Colorado to deal with sexual harassment between adults. This bill proposes to protect adults from harming themselves, and to add insult to injury, forces other taxpayers to pay for the consequences in legislative, court and legal costs.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1382: K-12 On-line EducationOppose
Position: Oppose

Creates more state control, reduces current local control of on-line education, mandates attendance requirements to fulfill compulsory education law requirements, creates various pilot programs, etc.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1384: Higher Education Tuition AssistanceOppose
Position: Oppose

The title of this bill is “Concerning Rigor-Based Tuition Assistance for Students at Post-Secondary Institutions” What is “Rigor-Based”, you ask? Well, so did we. A word search in the bill revealed precisely 1 use of the word “rigor”. The bill states that the intent is to, “Award scholarships or grants based upon a rigor-based method that emphasizes student commitment to academic achievement and successful placement in the workforce and ensuring that participating students and institutions be held accountable through measurable outcomes.” In other words, there is no definition. In fact, the bill goes on to state that “…to the extent practical, grants of tuition assistance must be awarded to students representing rural and urban areas of the state, and to students attending public vocational schools, community colleges, four-year institutions or higher education and research institutions.“ The bill also states that, “To the extent practical, tuition assistance must be evenly distributed between students who are eligible for Federal PELL grants and students whose household incomes are between 100% and 250% of the maximum permissible income for the purpose of determining eligibility for PELL grants.” A rigorous redistribution, indeed.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB14-1386: Revisions To 27-65-102, C.R.S., Statutory Language Oppose
Position: Oppose

This bill is a stripped down replay of HB14-1253, which POL opposed. The definition of “gravely disabled” is broadly expanded and could include anyone who voluntarily seeks mental health care. The word “imminent” is removed from the prior use of “imminent danger”. Feelings and moods could become legal pretenses for the initiation of government force. This is opening a door to government intrusion in a big way, and could be used, for example, as a pretense against gun owners, etc.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB14-1389: Sales & Use Tax Exemption For Certain IT EquipmentOppose
Position: Oppose

Stop it, already. Bipartisan agreement on corporate welfare does not make it right.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB14-1390: Legal Standing Of Public Open Meetings LawSupport
Position: Support

Interesting that legal “standing” needs to be codified. If there are laws providing for a process, then having that process denied should seem sufficient. If there are open meeting laws in effect, and someone is denied access, they should have recourse. This is why we put this under the principal of individual liberty – because it preserves ones ability to access a public open meeting. Limited government applies in that this bill encourages the self-limitation of government from restricting the public’s access to open meetings.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
HB14-1391: Authority Of Public Treasurer To Pay By CheckSupport
Position: Support

This seems to be a simple, straightforward, common sense idea that the Treasurer and the University of Colorado can make payments by check.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB14-1392: Internet Sweepstakes Cafes Simulated GamblingUnder Review
Position: Under Review

Update 5/5:Not Rated

We rated this as “Oppose”, along with the commentary below. We still stand by that commentary. In fact, some of the language in the bill is over the top, declaring that the lack of government oversight presents a danger to consumers, dangers that are “profound” (puhlease), complaints that the businesses being targeted by this bill aren’t being taxed (waah), etc.

However, a legitimate argument can be made that the bill supports the principle of upholding the constitution and the statutes under the Colorado Limited Gaming Act which regulate limited gaming in Colorado. While POL analysts are unanimous in their opposition to this bill, when there are conflicting principles on a bill, then POL does not rate the bill. This “Not Rated” does not mean that POL supports the bill, but only that there is acknowledgement that rational, principled arguments can be made for both sides. We will conclude our analysis of this bill with this comment from one of our esteemed volunteers, “The bill itself is bad law and bad policy, extending the government into yet another area, however, it is consistent with the state Constitution. Therefore, POL recommends the legislature consider instead referring a measure to the ballot to reduce the state's involvement in gambling in general, or to create an exception for online enterprises to further expand freedom in this area."

Update 5/1: Under Review

POL has received a lot of input regarding HB14-1392. The biggest response has been regarding the principle of Defending the Constitution. The argument has been made by many that this bill does just that by requiring any changes regarding gambling to go through a process with respect to the state constitution. While POL continues to believe that the free market will continue to find ways to work around bad laws, there is a legitimate argument to be made that the state constitution should be defended and if one wants to participate in activity not supported by the constitution, then the change needs to be made at the constitutional level. But until that time, the constitution is what it is.

As a result of potentially conflicting principles, POL has placed this bill "under further review" with the possibility that the bill will end up as not rated.

Previous Position: Oppose

So the free market has created a work-around for certain gambling laws/restrictions? That’s what happens when there is a market for something that government tries to quash. Instead of “closing loopholes”, how about reducing government?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB14-1397: Consumer Counsel Participation In PUC Rate CasesOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill broadens the definition of “public interest” in describing the duties of the consumer counsel in the regulation of public utilities. The added concepts of public interest would now include the "… health, safety, disposable income, property values, and economic and social stability of utility customers.” This new public interest also requires a review of “The economic situation of the utility’s customers, or of specified classes of its customers, within its service territory, including their ability to absorb rate increases without suffering undue economic or social harm such as eviction or the inability to afford food or vital medications.” Redistribution often seems to be presented under the guise of “social” causes, and this bill is no exception.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law