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2022 Colorado Legislative Session Page

Mar 25, 2022

Key issues during the state legislative session

Actions you can take this week

1. Ask your state lawmakers to use ARPA funds to establish a grant program that assists Colorado’s nonprofit organizations:

Nonprofits have been on the front lines of Colorado’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and support Coloradans as they recover from economic hardships. We’re asking Colorado’s lawmakers to establish a $25-$50 million grant program using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support the work of Colorado’s nonprofits. Email your state lawmaker today and ask them to support this effort.

2. Sign up for updates:

We’ll continue to keep you updated on our top priorities this legislative session and bills we’re tracking on our 2022 Legislative Session Webpage. If you’re a member and you’d like to receive more regular advocacy emails on public policy priorities at the state and federal level, as well as opportunities to send emails to lawmakers, sign-on to coalition letters and speak up on important issues to nonprofits, please Contact Mark.

3. Visit our latest bill tracker: 

We are excited to post our latest tracker of state bills affecting Colorado's nonprofit sector in 2022. 

Visit our bill tracker

Positions on state bills

HB 22-1001 Reduce Fees for Business Filings

Position: Support

What the bill does:

  • Reduces business filing fees with the Secretary of State’s office to $1 in 2023.
  • Affected filings include business registrations and renewals, trade name registrations and renewals, and other information updates.
  • Transfers $17 million from the general fund to offset reductions in SOS business fees.

Our view: Saving $10 to $50 on each business filing will help all nonprofits put more funding toward their missions.

Status: Passed House, assigned to Senate Finance Committee

HB 22-1006 Child Care Center Property Tax Exemption

Position: Support

What the bill does: Exempts child care centers from property taxes if they use but do not own their property.  

Our view: Provides a valuable tax incentive for landlords to lease space to child care centers. Access to affordable child care will help increase the economic mobility of families, advance equity, and reduce the current labor shortage within Colorado’s nonprofit sector. 

Status: Passed House Public and Behavioral Health and Human Services Commitee, referred to House Appropriations Committee 

HB 22-1026 Alternative Transportation Options Tax Credit

Position: Support

What the bill does:

  • Establishes a 50% tax credit for employers that pay for alternative transportation options for employees that commute to work.
  • These options include public transit passes, bicycling, carpooling, ridesharing, e-bikes and scooters, etc.
  • This credit replaces an existing corporate income tax deduction and would be available between 2023 and 2033.   

Our view: 

  • Incentivizes employers to assist with employees’ transportation costs. 
  • Incentivizes employees to use transportation options that are typically better for air quality. 
  • Replaces the corporate income tax deduction with a refundable tax credit, which allows nonprofits to be eligible for assistance.   

Status: Passed House Finance Committee, referred to House Appropriations Committee

HB 22-1051 Modify Affordable Housing Tax Credit

Position: Support

What the bill does: Continues an existing income tax credit for affordable housing projects administered by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) through 2034. Increases the amount of tax credits to $15 million per year rather than $10 million.

Our view: Increases available resources for affordable housing, which will benefit people served by nonprofits as well as nonprofit employees.

Status: Passed House Finance Committee, referred to House Appropriations Committee 

HB 22-1077 Colorado Nonprofit Security Grant Program

Position: Support

What the bill does: Establishes the Colorado Nonprofit Security Grant Program. This program would provide up to $1.5 million to nonprofits and faith-based organizations who are at high risk of extremist violence and that applied for, but did not receive, a grant from the federal nonprofit security grant program. Grant recipients may use the money for security equipment, security personnel, or other security enhancements to their property.

Our view: State grant funding will help nonprofits and houses of worship at high risk of extremist violence to make security enhancements that keep people safe while on their premises. 

Status: Passed House Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Committee, referred to House Appropriations Committee.

HB 22-1083 Colorado Homeless Contribution Income Tax Credit

Position: Support

What the bill does:  

  • Establishes a 25% Homeless Contribution Tax Credit to replace part of the Enterprise Zone Contribution Program that supports homeless services. 
  • Moves the program to the Colorado Division of Housing and make the credit available throughout the state. 
  • Expands homeless services eligible for support from the credit. 

Our view: This bill proposes helpful improvements to Colorado’s existing incentive for giving to nonprofits serving people experiencing homelessness.

Status: Passed House Finance Committee, referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

HB 22-1098 Barriers to Practicing Regulated Professions

Position: Support

What the bill does: 

  • Requires an audit in 2023 to see whether criminal histories pose a barrier to credentialing;
  • Limits the ability of DORA to deny credentials based on criminal histories unless the crime would jeopardize public safety or the person’s ability to practice the profession; and
  • Allows people to request a pre-determination letter about whether a criminal history disqualifies their application for credentials.

Our view: 1098 reduces barriers faced by people with criminal histories to obtaining credentials needed for gainful employment. Passage of this bill would advance equity and encourage more employers, including nonprofits, to take a chance on people who have criminal histories and have already paid their debt to society. 

Status: Passed House, assigned to Senate Finance Committee

SB 22-006 Sales Tax Assistance for Small Business

Position: Support

What the bill does: “Vendor fee” refers to a percentage that a business may keep for its administrative costs when collecting state sales taxes. SB 22-006 increases the vendor fee to 5.3% for 2023 for businesses with sales under $100,000. Currently, the vendor fee is 4% for these businesses. 

Our view:  SB 22-006 reduces nonprofits’ administrative costs in collecting state sales for 2023 and allows nonprofits to use this cost savings for operations and services.

Status: Passed Senate, assigned to House Finance Committee

SB 22-032 Simplify Local Sales & Use Tax Administration

Position: Support

What the bill does: Prohibits local governments from requiring payment for a business license if the business has a state retail license, participates in the State Sales and Use Tax Simplification (SUTS), and has only an incidental presence in the taxing jurisdiction.

Our view: Reduces expenses for nonprofits that conduct sales in parts of the state other than where their offices are located.

Status: Passed Senate Business and House Business Affairs & Labor Committee, referred Unamended to Appropriations

SB 22-034 Business Filing Address and Name Fraud

Position: Support

What the bill does: Establishes a complaint process in the Colorado Secretary of State’s office if a business’ record has been taken over by an unknown party. 

Our view: SB 22-034 strengthens the ability of the Secretary of State and Attorney General to detect and address fraud impacting business filings. Passage of this bill will help protect Colorado’s businesses and nonprofits and penalize bad actors.

Status: Passed Senate, passed second reading in House.

SB 22-115 Clarifying Terms Related to Landowner Liability

Position: Support

What the bill does: Clarifies that aspects of recent Colorado court decisions should not be relied upon for determining landowner liability in case of third-party criminal conduct.

This includes: 

  • determining foreseeability of third-party crimes based on whether the goods and services offered by a landowner are controversial; and
  •  whether a landowner may be held liable as a substantial factor in causing harm without considering whether the criminal act was the predominant cause of that harm.

Our view: Protects nonprofits from liability for unforeseen violence occurring on their property due to a third party.

Status: Passed Senate and House, sent to the Governor.