Our Government Affairs Committee and Legislative Subcommittee are hard at work reviewing new bills proposed during the 2018 legislative session that began last month. Here are some items of interest to the architecture profession. With the exception of HB18-1190, AIA Colorado is not taking a formal position on the following bills at this time.

If there’s a bill you’re passionate about (listed below or not), please contact Nikolaus Remus at 303-228-3914 or at nikolaus@aiacolorado.org. Our members are encouraged to take personal action on bills that affect them and we want to be a resource to help you be effective.

AIA Colorado supports HB18-1190: Modify Job Creation Main Street Vitalization Act

  • Following up on the success of the original act passed in 2014, AIA Colorado supports HB18-1190, which will continue to provide tax credits for historic preservation projects throughout the state. If passed, this bill will continue to provide $10 million annually through 2029. More information is available here.
  • 3/7/18: Passed 10-1 in the House Finance committee on 2/28/18. Bill has been assigned to the House Appropriations committee.

The following list of bills are not currently being supported or opposed by AIA Colorado but may be of interest to our members:

  • Liability and Tort
    • SB18-167: Enforce Requirements 811 Locate Underground Facilities
      • This bill requires public entity-owned construction projects to document existing underground facilities (utilities) in accordance with ASCE 38 by the professional engineer(s) responsible for excavation design. While the previously stated intent of this bill was not to include vertical construction projects, it appears to require that architect-led design teams include an engineer qualified to perform and document the utility locations.
      • 3/7/18: Bill passed 4-1 in Senate Transportation committee on 2/22/18. Bill passed 5-0 in Senate Finance committee on 3/1/18. Bill has been assigned to the Senate Appropriations committee.
    • SB18-193: Limit State Agency Occupational Regulations
      • This bill would prohibit state agencies (DORA in particular) from imposing personal qualification requirements for professions or occupations unless there is a clear demonstration that it would address a specific public health, safety, or welfare objective. It would also force state agencies to rereview every current regulated profession/occupation to confirm they meet this new standard. Finally, the bill would create a system for individuals to challenge regulations in court.
      • 4/18/18: Bill passed 4-3 out of the Senate Appropriations committee on a party-line vote. Bill passed on 18-17 party-line vote in the full Senate.
  • Architecture Licensing and Regulation of Practice
    • HB18-1038: Land Surveyors Continuing Education Requirements
      • Land surveyors, which share a DORA regulatory board with architects and professional engineers, are not currently required to take continuing education (CE) courses as part of their license. This bill would add this requirement, but unlike for our profession, would require DORA to approve CE opportunities.
      • 3/7/18 Final Update: Bill failed in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs committee on 2/28/18.
  • Sustainability and Resilience

Governmental Regulation of the Built Environment

  • HB18-1058: Financial Assistance for County Jails and Courts
    • Current law provides grant opportunities for underfunded courthouses. This bill would expand these opportunities to jails as well, and would also provide low-interest loans in addition to grants.
    • 3/21/18 Final Update: Bill failed in House Judiciary committee.
  • HB18-1070: Additional Public School Capital Construction Funding
    • This bill would boost BEST grants for K-12 schools through marijuana excise taxes. This bill won’t increase tax revenue, but will dedicate a higher percentage of existing revenue from the state’s general public school fund to capitol construction projects specifically.
    • 4/18/18: Bill passed 60-3 in the House. Bill has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee, to be heard on 4/18/18.