Bills related to reproductive health, marijuana and fire mitigation will move through the Colorado Legislature this week.
Senate bills under consideration include:
• “Reproductive Health Freedom Act,” Senate Bill 14-175, sponsored by Sen. Andy Kerr (D-District 22), Sen. Jeanne Nicholson (D-District 16), Rep. Dianne Primavera (D-District 33) and Rep. Mike McLachlan (D-District 59).
The bill would prohibit a state or local policy that denies or interferes with an individual’s reproductive health care decisions. The bill would also prohibit any state or local policy regarding reproductive health care that is inconsistent with, or that denies or interferes with, current evidence-based scientific data and medical consensus.
House bills under consideration include:
• “Sale of Edible Marijuana Products,” House Bill 14-1366, sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Singer (D-District 11), Rep. Frank McNulty (R-District 43), Sen. Michael Johnston (D-District 33) and Sen. Steve King (R-District 7).
The bill would require the Department of Revenue, on or before Jan. 1, 2016, to adopt rules requiring edible retail marijuana products to be shaped, stamped, colored or otherwise marked with a standard symbol indicating that it contains marijuana and is not for consumption by children.
Current law prohibits a retail marijuana products licensee from adding marijuana to a trademarked food product unless the trademarked food product is part of a recipe. The bill expands the prohibition to knowingly adding marijuana to food products that a reasonable consumer would confuse with a trademarked food product.
It also prohibits knowingly adding marijuana to a product that is primarily marketed to children.
• “Change Wildfire Mitigation Tax Deduction to Credit,” House Bill 14-1009, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Exum (D-District 17) and Sen. Jeanne Nicholson (D-District 16).
The bill would change the wildfire mitigation income tax deduction to a wildfire mitigation income tax credit. An income tax deduction reduces a taxpayer’s taxable income, the amount to which the tax rate is applied. A tax credit reduces a taxpayer’s tax liability by taking a dollar-for-dollar reduction in what is owed by what the credit allows.
For income tax years commencing Jan. 1, 2015, but before Jan. 1, 2021, the bill would allow a landowner a credit of 25 percent of the costs incurred in performing wildfire mitigation measures, not to exceed $2,500. Any amount in excess of the landowner’s tax liability in the year the credit is first claimed could be carried forward to offset the landowner’s future tax liability for 5 years.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed 10 bills into law April 7, including:
• “GED or High School Equivalency Examinations,” Senate Bill 14-058, sponsored by Sen. Nancy Todd (D-District 28) and Rep. Carole Murray (R-District 45).
The bill changes the term “general equivalency diploma” or “GED” to “high school equivalency examination” throughout statutes.