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The 2024 session of the Colorado General Assembly began on January 10. Below are summaries of the bills we'll be working on this year.
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HB 24-1075 - Analysis of Universal Health Care Payment System (Reps. McCormick, Boesenecker)
Bill text: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb24-1075
Status: Introduced, assigned to House Health & Human Services Committee
This bill would provide a detailed study of the feasibility of creating a publicly-financed, privately-delivered universal health care payment system in Colorado. The study would analyze possible costs, impacts on the health care workforce, impacts on community health, and ways to address current gaps in the system. The ELCA Social Statement "Caring for Health" asserts that "health is central to our well-being, vital to relationships, and helps us live out our vocations in family, work, and community. Caring for one’s own health is a matter of human necessity and good stewardship. Caring for the health of others expresses both love for our neighbor and responsibility for a just society. As a personal and social responsibility, health care is a shared endeavor." We believe an analysis of the potential benefits and costs of such a 'shared endeavor' is a worthy investment in this critical area of our life together.
HB 24-1099 - Defendant Filing Fees in Evictions (Reps. Lindsay, Soper)
Bill text: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb24-1099
Status: Introduced, assigned to House Transportation, Housing & Local Government Committee
This bill would eliminate the fee to file an answer to an eviction. Currently, the fee is around $80, which can be a prohibitive amount for low-income tenants. Tenants have the right to file an answer, and eliminating the fee would make it more likely that tenants file an answer. It also would make landlords more likely to receive back rent (rather than the money being paid for a filing fee), and would eliminate administrative burden on the Colorado Judicial Department to review waiver applications. In 2022, the state received a mere $160,000 in filing fees, a pittance whose cost may be fully recompensed by reduced staff time reviewing and processing fee waivers.
The bill has no fiscal note.