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Criminalize renegade masseuses; birth control insurance mandate; more medical license mandates and midwife regulations

 

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House Bill 1294 Require some health insurers to include contraceptive coverage at no cost: Passed 35 to 30 in the House on 3/29/2016

 

To require some insurance plans to include coverage for contraceptives, voluntary sterilization, and education about contraception. It would not apply to employer-sponsored plans, which are covered under the federal law known as ERISA, though it would apply to managed care plans in Medicaid, the state's health care program for low-income people.

 

House Bill 1160 Extend the professional regulation of surgical assistants and surgical technologists: Passed 21 to 12 in the Senate on 4/14/2016

 

To continue the professional regulation of surgical assistants and surgical technologists by the Department of Regulatory Affairs for another five years.

 

House Bill 1360 Extend and update the state regulation governing midwives: Passed 47 to 18 in the House on 4/11/2016

 

To extend the regulation of midwives by the Division of Professions and Occupations for seven years, and to make certain changes to their allowed practices.

 

House Bill 1320 Criminalize the unlicensed practice of massage: Passed 52 to 1 in the House on 4/8/2016

 

To make changes to the regulation of massage therapists to include age restrictions, fines and penalties for indecent exposure.

 

Going Up: Higher property taxes, cell phone and airborne ambulance taxes; higher utility expenses; higher DMV fees

 

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House Bill 1414 Impose a new tax on cell phones: Passed 28 to 7 in the Senate on 4/7/2016

To raise $2.2 million in new tax revenues annually through a new monthly surcharge on cellphone contracts.

 

House Bill 1415 Increase fees at the DMV: Passed 35 to 30 in the House on 4/1/2016

 

To increase fees at the Division of Motor Vehicles to more fully cover the expenses of that agency.

 

House Bill 1354, Let school districts add a property tax for buildings: Passed 53 to 12 in the House on 4/1/2016

 

To allow a school district to impose an additional property tax to fund its construction and maintenance needs without borrowing money.

 

Senate Bill 16-061 Shift the costs of complying with federal environmental rules utility customers to taxpayers: Passed 18 to 17 in the Senate on 4/6/2016

 

To allow utilities to avoid the costs of certain federal environmental rules that cover fossil-fuel electric plants and instead create a new taxpayer-funded state program to offset these costs.

 

House Bill 1280 Impose a new tax for air ambulances: Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on 4/14/2016

 

To create a new state level regulatory framework and impose new taxes on those providing air ambulance services.

 

Pharmacy freedom; food stamps for marijuana; home-grown pot and deliveries; & wine-to-your-door too

 

Check out these key votes made by elected officials in Colorado earlier this year, and go to www.votespotter.com to sign up and see how your elected officials voted on these and other issues that impact your daily life.

 

House Bill 1361 Prohibit health plans from restricting access to pharmacies: Passed 34 to 31 in the House on 4/14/2016

To prohibit health plans from limiting or restricting a covered person's ability to select a pharmacy or pharmacist of their choice.

House Bill 1255 Prohibit the use of Electronic Benefits Cards (EBT) in certain locations: Passed 28 to 7 in the Senate on 4/16/2015

To define a list of locations and businesses where the use of EBT cards is prohibited, including liquor establishments, gaming establishments, and businesses involved in state legalized marijuana.

House Bill 1211 Create a licensing framework for marijuana-delivery companies: Passed 48 to 17 in the House on 4/14/2016

To create a process and requirements for state and local marijuana transporter licenses. A marijuana transporter is a third party that provides logistics, distribution, and storage of medical and retail marijuana and marijuana-infused products for a retail business.

Senate Bill 080 Impose a restriction on home-based marijuana growers: Passed 54 to 11 in the House on 4/16/16

To require home growers of marijuana to put the crops in an enclosed space beyond the reach of minors.

House Bill 1271 Allow wineries to deliver their products to customers directly: Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on 5/2/2016

To allow certain wineries with special shipping permits to deliver their wine directly to consumers without being forced to use a common carrier (such as UPS, FedEx or the Postal Service).

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