2006 Legislative and Issue Analyses

To view the analyses, click on More Info below the bill number or issue. All documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat for viewing.

Analyses are based on bills or issues at the time of their consideration by the Board of  Directors. Bills may change during the course of a legislative session. For the current status of these and other bills introduced in the Colorado legislature, visit the web site for the Colorado General Assembly.

Occasionally the Board of Directors also will take a position on a ballot measure. In compliance with state election law, no analyses are prepared on ballot measures that are not of official concern to the Health District.

Questions about analyses? Contact the Health District at (970) 224-5209.

2006 Legislative and Issue Analyses
Bill or Issue What it concerns HD Board Action Date Considered
Proposed Changes to the Fort Collins Smoking Ordinance
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The Fort Collins City Council is considering changes to the clean indoor air ordinance that might allow the continued existence of hookah bars and the establishment of similar businesses. The Board voted to support indoor smoking laws that allow no exceptions for any public establishments. Oct. 2
Potential Change in Special District Elections
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Legislation may be filed next session to move special district elections from May to November. The Special District Association and others may do some lobbying this fall and winter in anticipation of such an occurrence. Analysis prepared for informational purposes. No action taken. June 27
SB 208
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Health Care Reform Committee Bill. The Board voted to support the bill. April 12
HB 1145
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Concerning the Development of a Comprehensive Response to the Methamphetamine Problem in Colorado The Board voted to support the bill. April 12
SB 192
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Concerning a Task Force on Drunk Driving The Board voted to support the bill. April 12
HB 1171
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Concerning Alcohol- and Drug-Related Driving Offenses The Board voted to support the bill. April 12
SB 145
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Concerning the Authority of a Local Government to Impose a Fee on Certain Medical Providers for Purposes of Obtaining Federal Financial Participation Under Medicaid for Unreimbursed Medicaid Costs “Healthy Cities” Additional funding for these agencies and hospitals could encourage greater participation in the Medicaid program. For this reason, the Health District Board of Directors voted to support SB 145. March 28
SB 44
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Concerning the Provision of Health Care Services to Specified Low-Income Adults The Health District recognizes the need for comprehensive health care coverage including access to specialists and prescription drugs for uninsured, indigent adults. The Health District Board of Directors voted to support SB 44. March 28
HB 1270
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Concerning the Authority of Public School Personnel to Make Determinations of Eligibility for Certain Public Medical Benefits. HB06-1270 would make it easier for families to enroll their children in Medicaid or CHP+ by allowing them to apply through schools. The Board voted to support this bill. March 28
SB 090
Staff presented an overview of SB06 090 to the Board of Directors. A piece of this bill requires a police officer, local official, or local government employee who has probable cause to believe that a person is not legally present in the United States to report the person to the federal immigration and customs enforcement office. The Board noted that this would hinder local governments' ability to protect the health of the public as those with preventable communicable diseases may not seek treatment for fear of being deported. The Board voted to strongly oppose the bill. March 1
HB 1175
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Concerning Enactment of the “Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act”, and, in connection therewith, Prohibiting Smoking in Indoor Enclosed Areas, Including Places of Employment. The Board voted to strongly support the bill as written as of Feb. 15, 2006. The Board will not support the bill if bars and taverns are exempted. Feb. 15
HB 1125
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Concerning the Enforcement of an offense involving failure to use an appropriate motor vehicle restraining device. The Board voted to strongly support the bill. Feb. 15
SB 67
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Concerning Suicidal Behavior among Students in Higher Education The Board voted to support the bill. Feb. 15
SB 005
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Concerning Mental Health Services Coverage Under Health Benefit Plans The Board voted to strongly support the bill. Feb. 15
HB 1070
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Concerning Demonstration Programs for Juvenile Justice Mental Health Family Advocates The Board of Directors voted to monitor this bill. Feb. 15
SB 099
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Concerning Prohibition Against Certain Vaccines Containing Mercury The Board voted to strongly oppose the bill. Feb. 15