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Colorado Golf Alliance 2018 Legislative Summary

by Jennifer Cassell, Bowditch & Cassell Public Affairs

The end of February marks a significant turn in the session as the appropriations committees began hearing bills beyond state agency budget supplementals. Of note, the House Appropriations Committee referred to the committee of the whole, a bill aimed at preserving Colorado’s water resources in response to the growing urban water demands - HB18-1093 Reclaimed Water for Edible Crops.  Big news was announced on Thursday, February 22, 2018 as Lt. Governor Donna Lynne signed SB18-088 into law. This bill is in direct response to SB17-267, which inadvertently prevented special districts like RTD from collecting marijuana sales tax revenue they had previously collected, and for which a special session was convened in October 2017. SB18-088 clarifies that special district entities that collected retail marijuana sales tax prior to July 1, 2017, are still entitled to collect the tax.

Other hot topic items touched on education, corrections, and gun rights. The school finance mid year adjustment bill faced much debate in the Senate while the Department of Corrections supplemental appropriation bill garnered strong discussion in the House.  And, our bill count is beginning to stabilize, growing from 438 to 461 bills to date. 

We also saw the introduction of a bill that specifies ‘marketplace contractors’ (those individuals who use websites or on-demand platforms for employment - dog sitting, freelancing, uber drivers, etc.) are independent contractors and not employees - SB18-171.  We still may see a bill to exempt youth sports entirely from indy contractors/employees classification.


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