In the law governing common interest communities, the bill invalidates any covenant that prohibits the keeping of certain types of dogs based solely on a breed, weight, or size classification. Other regulations, such as the prevention of nuisance barking and requirements concerning the number of dogs per household and the disposal of waste, remain valid.
Current law provides that in cases involving domestic violence and in cases involving certain other crimes, a court may enter any of several types of protection orders against the defendant. The bill adds 2 new potential protection orders to the list of options available to the court. They are:
An order prohibiting the taking, transferring, concealing, harming, disposing of, or threatening to harm an animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the alleged victim or witness; and
An order directing a wireless telephone service provider to transfer the financial responsibility for and rights to a wireless telephone number or numbers to the petitioner if the petitioner satisfies certain criteria.
The bill also clarifies that the issuance of a protection order in a case involving domestic violence or any of certain crimes does not preclude a court from issuing a protective order in a civil proceeding.
Section 1 of the bill creates the donate to a Colorado nonprofit fund (fund) in the state treasury. A voluntary contribution designation line for the fund will appear on the state individual income tax return form when a space becomes available and the fund is next in the queue. If the space for the fund becomes available before January 1, 2020, the bill requires the department of revenue (department) to hold the space for the fund until January 1, 2020, and to include the line thereafter. The line will allow a taxpayer receiving a refund to designate a contribution to an eligible charitable organization (eligible organization) of their choice.
The bill requires the secretary of state to provide a list of eligible organizations. To be eligible, an organization must be registered and in good standing with the secretary under the 'Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act' and be a nonprofit that is tax exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the internal revenue code. A charity may request to exclude itself from the list. The department will make the list of eligible organizations available to the public and a taxpayer may choose a single charity from the list to receive the contribution through the fund.
Once the fund is placed on the form, the department is directed to determine annually the total amount designated to the fund, and the total amounts designated to each eligible organization, and to report those amounts to the state treasurer and the general assembly. The state treasurer is required to credit the total amount to the fund. The bill requires the general assembly to appropriate from the fund to the department, the secretary of state, and the state treasurer their actual, reasonable costs for implementing the fund. The department is authorized to contract with a private or public entity to administer the fund, but the total fees under the contract for a given year cannot exceed 3% of the total amount credited to the fund for that year.
After the appropriations for the administration of the fund are deducted, the state treasurer is required to distribute the contributions to the charities as designated by taxpayers after a reduction proportionate to the amount deducted from the fund for administration.
Section 2 excludes the fund from the time limitations and minimum contribution requirements imposed on voluntary contribution funds. It also adds a limitation that a taxpayer cannot contribute to any voluntary contribution fund or combination of voluntary contribution funds in an amount that exceeds the amount of the taxpayer's refund.
Section 3 allows the department to share information with a contractor if necessary to implement the fund under a contract and requires the contractor to keep that information confidential subject to a penalty.
Most Recent Status:
Passed Senate. Scheduled for House Second Reading- Laid over daily
An amendment to Title XI of the Pueblo Municipal Code establishing standards and guidelines for animal shelter facilities, which receive City tax revenues, that care for stray, abandoned, abused, and owner surrendered animals in the City of Pueblo, Colorado.
Most Recent Status
Passed City Council Meeting 2/26
Not yet introduced
Most Recent Status:
Stakeholder discussions stalled for now. Bill will not be introduced this year.
Animal Chiropractic Education and Reporting Requirements
Under current law, a licensed chiropractor must obtain a veterinary medical clearance from a licensed veterinarian before performing an animal chiropractic act that falls within the chiropractor's scope of practice on an animal patient.
Section 2 of the bill removes the veterinary medical clearance requirement for licensed chiropractors who have successfully completed 9 hours of course work related to contagious, infectious, and zoonotic diseases. Section 2 also requires that continuing education requirements for renewed registration in animal chiropractic include a 2-hour course on Colorado incidence rates for contagious, infectious, and zoonotic diseases. Finally, section 2 requires a licensed chiropractor performing animal chiropractic to notify the state veterinarian and an animal patient's licensed veterinarian if the licensed chiropractor suspects that the animal patient has a disease, including if he or she suspects the animal patient has one of a list of diseases that the state veterinarian has determined to require reporting.
Section 1 adds a definition of 'licensed veterinarian' to mean a veterinarian licensed under the 'Colorado Veterinary Practice Act', adds a definition of 'equid', and amends the definition of 'animal chiropractic' to refer to performing chiropractic adjustment of dogs and equids, where current law defines it as performing chiropractic adjustment of dogs and horses.
Most Recent Status:
Introduced in Senate and assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Scheduled for hearing April 18.