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2018 Legislative Session – Colorado General Assembly

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May 10, 2018

We track state bills affecting our nonprofit community. These bills include, but are not limited to:

  • Issues particular to the nonprofit sector. For example tax incentives for charitable giving, updates to the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act, or changes to oversight of charitable fundraising under the Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act.
  • General public policy issues that affect nonprofits. For example, employment and labor issues, health care, education, and state fiscal policy, etc.
  • Issues with a broad impact on nonprofits’ areas of service. For example, government grants and contracting processes, workplace giving by government employees, etc.

Key Bills 

HB 18-1013 Colorado Nonprofit Sustainability Act

What it does: Creates a 25% tax credit for cash donation to a charitable endowment.

Why we support it: Incentivizes donations to help nonprofits build larger reserves to sustain their organizations' work over the long-term.

Latest status: Postponed Indefinitely by House Appropriations Committee   

SB 18-141 Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit Tax Checkoff Fund

What it does: Establishes a new line on Colorado's tax return in 2020 allowing taxpayers to write or type in the name of a nonprofit to receive a tax refund donation.  

Why we support it: Gives taxpayers a new option on Colorado's tax return to donate part or all of their tax refunds to nonprofits that they choose.

Latest status: Passed General Assembly, sent to Governor

HB 18-1359 Expand Colorado Charitable Deduction

What it does: Removes the $500 minimum donation required to claim Colorado's charitable deduction. As amended, the $500 minimum would remain but taxpayers claiming the deduction could deduct the first $500 too.

Why we support it: Expands the benefit of the deduction for taxpayers eligible to claim it now. Expands the incentive for taxpayers to increase their annual giving above $500.

Latest status: Postponed Indefinitely by House Appropriations Committee

SB 18-067 Permit Auctioning Alcohol at Special Events 

What it does: Clarifies that tax-exempt organizations can auction sealed containers of alcohol at venues with liquor licenses for consumption.

Why we support it: Auctioning alcohol at special events is a common fundraising practice. 067 clarifies how alcohol can be lawfully auctioned at events held in venues with liquor licenses. 

Latest status: Signed By Governor

HB 18-1004 Continue Child Care Contribution Tax Credit

What it does: Taxpayers making monetary contributions up to $100,000 to accepted child care centers are allowed an income tax credit equal to 50% of the value of the contribution. This bill extends this credit through 2025.  

Why we support it: This bill would maintain this charitable giving incentive that supports nonprofits that provide child care services. Nonprofit child care organization provide essential services to working families, which includes nonprofit employees.

Latest Status: Passed General Assembly, sent to Governor

HB 18-1195 Tax Credit Contributions Organizations Affordable Housing

What it does: Creates a 50% income tax credit between 2020 and 2029 for individual or corporate donations to eligible 501(c)(3) residential real estate developers that building affordable housing units in Colorado. 

Why we support it: The bill is estimated to generate up to $40 million of donations per year and $224 million in economic impact by nonprofits who work on affordable housing. Homeownership will benefit families and local economies.

Latest Status: Postponed Indefinitely by the Senate State Veterans & Military Affairs Committee

HB 18-1256 Sunset Continue Civil Rights Division and Commission

What it does: The division investigates and enforces Colorado's civil rights, discrimination and public accommodation laws. The bill continues the division and commission through 2027. As amended, the bill modfies the commission as follows:

  • three commissioners must be from each major political party and one from another party;
  • three members must represent the business community;
  • the commission to undergo a performance audit; and
  • the Governor would not be allowed to reappoint an individual for two years if the Senate appointment of that person.  

Why we support it: Protecting the civil rights of Coloradans is an important value and focus of many Colorado nonprofits. The division and commission uphold legal protection of these values.

Latest status: Passed General Assembly, sent to Governor

HB 18-1298 Colorado Secure Savings Plan

What it does: 1298 proposed studying the feasibility of establishing a Colorado retirement plan for nonprofit and private sector employees without access to an employer-sponsored plan.

Why we support it: Nearly one-third of nonprofit organizations lack the capacity to offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan, according to our 2016 salary survey. A Colorado retirement plan would enable their employees to be able to access retirement benefits.

Latest status: Postponed indefinitely by the Senate State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee

HB 18-1324 Codify Governor's Commission on Community Service 

What it does: Codifies the Governor's Commission on Community Service which was established by executive order in 1993. Authorizes the commission to receive gifts, grants, and donations.

Why we support it: Reinforces the legal basis for the commission and allows it to seek out private funds to carry out its work.

Latest status: Signed by Governor

SB 18-005 Rural Economic Advancement of Colorado Towns

What it does: Authorizes the department of local affairs to coordinate the provision of non-monetary resources to assist with job retention or creation in a rural community experiencing a significant economic event, such as a plant closure or layoffs, including industry-wide layoffs, that has a significant, quantifiable impact on jobs within that community.

Why we support it: The bill could assist nonprofits serving rural communities that experience significant job losses. Assistance can include job training and workforce development, technical assistance, or other non-monetary resources. 

Latest Status: Signed by Governor

SB18-007 Affordable Housing Tax Credit

What it does: This bill extends the Low-Income Tax Credit through 2024 and changes the name to "Affordable Housing Tax Credit." This credit provides tax incentives to developers who invest in low-income housing.

Why we support it: The bill incentivizes developers to build affordable housing structures and benefits nonprofits working in the areas of affordable housing and development. 

Latest Status: Passed General Assembly, sent to Governor

SB 18-046 Special License Plate Nonprofit Donation

What it does: Increases the minimum donation for all Colorado license plates benefitting charities by $10. Adjusts this amount annually for inflation.

Why we support it: Encourages higher donations to benefit nonprofits with license plates. Ensures the donation amount keeps pace with inflation.

Latest status: Signed by Governor

SB18-088 Taxation of Retail Marijuana Sales

What it does: This bill restores the ability of certain special districts to levy taxes on retail marijuana. This includes districts like the Regional Transportation District, local health districts, and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). 

Why we support it:  088 stops the loss of marijuana sales tax revenues that occurred because of a drafting error made in SB 17-267. It provides the authority for special districts to levy sales taxes on retail marijuana sales going forward. These  special districts provide services that help local nonprofits strengthen their communities.

Latest status: Signed by Governor

SB 18-180 Colorado Trust Code

What it does: SB 18-180 creates a Colorado Trust Code to codify Colorado's laws and practices on trust administration. 

Why we support it: 180 makes Colorado's law consistent with the Uniform Trust Code, which is in place in over thirty states. 

Latest status: Signed by Governor

SB 18-214 Request Self-sufficiency Waiver Medicaid Program

What it does:

  • Requests a federal waiver allowing eligibility for Medicaid in Colorado to be conditioned on meeting self-sufficiency requirements. This means that able-bodied recipients must be employed, attending job training, or volunteering at a nonprofit organization for at least 20 hours per week.
  • Establishes a 5 year lifetime limit for most Medicaid beneficiaries

Why we oppose it: Requiring tens of thousands of Medicaid recipients to volunteer will likely have unintended consequences. The bill does not provide assistance for nonprofits for the additional costs of managing and motivating these volunteers,  

Latest Status: Postponed Indefinitely by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Bill Tracker

Our bill tracker lists all the state bills affecting Colorado’s nonprofit community that we are tracking in 2018.

2018 bills sent to the Governor

2018 Public Policy Agenda

2018 Public Policy Agenda

Legislative Session Report

Read our reports from past legislative sessions.

Resources for Building Relationships with Legislators

Please visit our Public Policy Resources page for tools and resources to help your nonprofit organization get involved in public policy and build relationships with policymakers.