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February 28, 2023

Updated: Jan 26

HB 170 – Telecomm Act “Cramming” Definition

HB 170 revises the definition of cramming in the Cramming and Slamming Act. The revision clarifies that cramming occurs only when the sale of non-telecommunication goods or services in a telecommunication transaction was unauthorized by the customer.

Wireless and broadband services are commonly bundled with voice service. They are classified by the Federal Communications Commission as non-telecommunication services. This bill would allow the provider to bill for those services as long as they have the customer’s permission.

This bill passed the house unanimously.

HB 253/a – Nonprofit Gaming Changes

This bill would allow nonprofit organizations to offer gaming for any 12 consecutive hours in a day it chooses. Current law allows gaming only from noon to 12:00 am. The bill also reduces the share of take that the nonprofit must devote to charitable or educational purposes.

This bill passed the house unanimously.

HB 76/aa/ec – Judicial Education Services Fund & Admin

HB 76 changes the structure of the Judicial Education Fund, which provides education and training for judges and court personnel.

This bill passed the house unanimously.

HB 29/a/ec – Integrated Substance Use Disorder Programs

This legislation would appropriate $1.3M from the opioid portion of the consumer settlement fund to the to the Local Government Division of the Department of Finance and Administration to establish integrated substance use disorder programs in San Miguel County.

This bill passed the house unanimously.

HB 201 – Extend Certain Board Sunset Dates

HB 201 extends the sunset date for the following boards: Dental Health Care, Veterinary Medicine, Examiners for Architects, Profession Engineers and Surveyors, Public Accountancy Board, and Funeral Services. It also repeals termination dates for: Optometry, Podiatry, Pharmacy, and Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

This bill passed the house unanimously.

HB 228/CS – Improvement Special Assessment Act

This legislation would create an alternative financing mechanism for energy or resilience improvements to existing properties. To be eligible to obtain this financing a property must be private commercial, industrial, agricultural, or multifamily residential property with 5 or more dwelling units. Eligible improvements include renewable energy, energy efficiency, water conservation and resilience projects.

Under this mechanism, counties may create a program to designate improvement special assessment districts.

The caveat, the owner of the mortgage would have to release its senior lien on the property to government.

This bill passed the house 44 – 18. I voted no.

HB 226 – Instructional Materials & Procurement Code

HB 226 seeks to clarify certain purchasing exemptions of Instructional Materials from the procurement code.

This bill passed the house 62 – 3. I voted no, I believe we have a procurement code that creates checks and balances and this bill would operate outside this code.

HB 186/a – Disabled Veteran Property Tax Proof

This legislation would allow a disabled veteran or the disabled veteran’s unmarried surviving spouse to obtain a property tax exemption on a newly acquired property immediately for the current tax year.

This bill passed the house unanimously.

HB 83/CS – Podiatry Licensure Changes

HB 83 places podiatric physician licensing under the control of the Medical Board, eliminates the Podiatry Board, and creates a new Podiatric Advisory Committee under the Medical Board.

This bill passed the house unanimously.

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