by Asha Devineni

All of the deadlines for bills to be introduced have passed. A total of 1,279 bills have been introduced this session. Feb. 16th will be the last day for House consideration of House bills and Senate consideration of Senate bills.

The following bills are of note:

  • HB2116: limitations of actions; dedicated property. Municipalities and counties are prohibited from instituting or maintaining an action or arbitration based on a required permit against a person who develops or develops and sells real property that is dedicated to the municipality or county more than eight years after “substantial completion”of the improvement.
  • HB2126: government property; abatement; slum; blight. For the purpose of statute allowing municipalities to abate taxes for government property improvements in a single central business district, the definition of “central business district” is modified to require the geographical area to be not larger than the greater of 2.1 percent of the total land area within the exterior boundaries of the municipality or 960 acres, instead of not larger than the greater of 5 percent of the total land area or 640 acres. A municipality that has designated a central business district on or before August 31, 2018 is required to modify the district to comply with this change. Within one year after the effective date of this legislation, each municipality is required to review each area within its boundaries that has been designated as slum or blight for over ten years and either renew or terminate the designation.
  • HB2158: TPT; additional rate; education. Beginning July 1, 2021, an additional transaction privilege tax (TPT) rate increment is levied at the rate of 0.6 percent of the tax base of the list of business classifications. The State Treasurer is required to distribute the revenues for various public education purposes according to a specified formula, including $86.3 million annually to the Department of Education for increased basic state aid. This legislation effectively makes permanent the additional TPT rate for education approved by the voters as Proposition 301 in November 2000, which will expire June 30, 2021.
  • HB2165: county excise tax for transportation. The board of supervisors of any county is permitted to submit to the voters a transportation plan funded by an excise tax. If approved by the voters, the county is required to levy and the Department of Revenue is required to collect the tax beginning January 1 or July 1, whichever occurs first after voter approval, on the same tax base that applies to other excise taxes in the county.
  • HB2280: universities; lease-back financing. Prohibits ABOR or a corporation formed by a university from entering into a development agreement unless the property improvement is primarily for an academic purpose or student housing. This bill passed out of the committee with a vote of 5-4 and amendment #4071.
  • SB1014: municipal zoning; zoning protests. Clarifies that the group of persons authorized to file a protest in writing against a municipal rezoning, which triggers a requirement for the rezoning to obtain a 3/4 vote of the municipal governing body for passage, is the owners of 20 percent or more of the property. This bill passed out of the the Senate with a vote of 23-7.
  • SB1147: county excise tax for transportation. Permits the board of supervisors of any county to submit to the voters a transportation plan funded by an excise tax. This passed out of committee with a vote of 7-0.
    • The identical bill (HB2165) listed above, was reconsidered in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday (2/7).

  • SCR1002: The 2018 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend the state Constitution to require, beginning in 2018, a statewide initiative or referendum that is approved by a vote of the people to be referred to a subsequent vote of the people ten years after the measure’s initial approval. The subsequent vote must be on the question of whether to reauthorize the measure for another ten-year period.
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  • Michael Doyle
    2:14 PM - 14 February, 2018

    The Education Tax should only be approved if 100% goes to the actual classroom. The imbalance between classroom and administration must be addressed.
    On SB1147 and HB 2165, I am against any additional transportation tax. Transportation has become a political money trough. Now, if the additional tax was to provide FREE public
    transit, which would really help the poor, then I am in favor. Public transportation should be free, permitting low wage earners to get to their jobs and keep more of the little they earn. The reduction in costs of ticket vending, processing of payments, scofflaw inspectors, etc., would go a long way to helping offset the costs of free public transit.

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