This Week in the Lege, March 3, 2014
The Colorado House will hear a slew of measures this week, some of which have wide bipartisan support and at least one is expected to generate some partisan squabbling.
■ Today: The House Education Committee will hear HB1292, the so-called Student Success Act, which is designed to implement some of what last year’s Amendment 66 would have done, minus any tax increase, to address some of the disparity in how public schools are funded. The measure already has 35 co-sponsors from both sides of the political aisle.
■ Tuesday: The House Business, Labor, Economic & Workforce Development Committee will debate HB1279, which would offer a state tax credit on $25,000 or less of the business personal property taxes small businesses pay. The bill has bipartisan sponsors.
■ Wednesday: The House Finance Committee will discuss HB1269, which would redefine what constitutes a business that operates in the state for the purposes of who must pay sales and use taxes. The measure could generate up to $67 million in additional tax revenues to the state. Local governments that assess the two taxes also would see an increase in revenue. To date, no Republican has co-sponsored the measure.
■ Thursday: The House Judiciary Committee will debate HB1280, which specifies that visitors at “agritourism” establishments, such as wineries and dude ranches, assume any risk from injury as long as the farmers or ranchers post signs warning people of such dangers or have visitors sign waivers.
■ Next week: A House committee will consider a bill to require hands-free telephone devices while driving, while a Senate committee will look at a bill to allow developers to pay lower tap fees if they implement water efficiency and conservation measures in their landscaping.
All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website,