Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2018 Legislative Decisions Affecting CDPS

The following are some of the decisions made by the Colorado General Assembly in 2018 that will affect CDPS programs and/or people in some way:

No Move to Bi-Weekly Pay in 2018
The Legislature did not pass a bill that would have enabled the Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA) to move forward with a shift to a statewide biweekly pay schedule. Therefore, pay cycles will remain unchanged for the time being. CDPS does not have plans to implement semi-monthly pay as allowed by existing legislation; If DPA decides to move forward with semi-monthly pay statewide, this transition will not occur before mid-2019. If DPA moves forward with any changes, we will provide you with ample notice and details of how the transition will work.  

Bill passes to fully fund PERA
On May 9, 2018, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 18-200 (SB-200), legislation that will restore PERA to full funding in 30 years. This fact sheet provides a helpful summary of the changes.

Budget includes increase in Troopers and funding for officer safety package
The budget submitted by Governor Hickenlooper's administration and approved by the General Assembly included an increase of $1.8 million and 14.5 FTE for the Colorado State Patrol, as well as an officer safety package totaling $1.1 million between the supplemental and long bill. The safety package funds ballistic helmets and vests, first aid kits, and rifles to improve the safety of State Patrol members.

Safe2Tell Dispatch Function Moves to CIAC: The legislature provided DHSEM funding and 5.2 FTE (annualized in 2019 to 7.5 FTE) for the CIAC to take over the Safe2Tell duties that are currently being handled by CSP Dispatch. These positions will be in the Watch Center and will include one supervisor and 6.5 analysts.  We anticipate hiring will occur October 2018 through January 2019. This is an ongoing appropriation.

Black Market Marijuana Interdiction Team to Launch: The FY19 State budget included funding for CDPS to launch a new, 8-person Black Market Marijuana Interdiction Team to be housed within CBI. The members of this team will assist local law enforcement agencies across the state with investigations and interdiction of illegal black market marijuana operations.

Increased Funding for Wildfire Preparedness: The legislature contributed an additional $3 million to the Wildfire Preparedness Line Item in the Division of Fire Prevention and Control due to the expectation of a severe wildfire season. Additionally, in an effort to better support training efforts, the legislature also allocated $450,000 and 4 FTE to increase utilization of live-fire and driving simulators.

SB 148 Medical Benefits After State Employee Work-related Death: If a state employee dies in a work-related incident, this bill continues health benefits for their dependents for 12 months after the incident.

SB 158 Interoperable Communications Grant Program: This bill creates a $30 million grant program ($5 million per year for six years) for schools to access grant funds for emergency communications and allocates funding to DHSEM for FTE to support the program. The Office of Grants Management will lead this effort in collaboration with Glen Klaich, our State-wide Interoperability Coordinator. The program will end in 2024.

SB 202 Colorado Firefighting Air Corps Fund Reserve Exemption: Removes the statutory cash fund reserve cap from the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps (CFAC) Fund, which will allow DFPC to maintain a fund balance to help cover the cost of future aviation needs. In addition, this will help expand DFPC’s ability to provide important resources to local partners including SEATs and helicopters during the shoulder seasons.

SB 269 School Security Disbursement Program: Allocates $29.5 million in one-time funding to help support school safety efforts. The funding may be used for a variety of items including infrastructure improvements and training. DHSEM is tasked with administering this program that runs through 2021 or until the one-time funding has been fully utilized by districts. The Office of Grants Management will lead this effort and we anticipate adding staff to support the administration of the program.

SB 272 Crisis and Suicide Prevention Training Grant Program: Creates the crisis and suicide prevention training grant program within CDPHE. The purpose of the grant program is to provide financial assistance to schools in providing crisis and suicide prevention training to schools, with priority given to those schools that have previously not received such training. CDPHE will work in conjunction with the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) to administer the grant program.

HB 1020 Civil Forfeiture Reforms: This bill is a follow-up bill to HB 17-1313, which mandates that all forfeitures under $50,000 go through the state forfeiture system and created reporting requirements for law enforcement agencies. This bill creates a $1.5 million grant program in DCJ that will help reimburse law enforcement agencies for funding that they lost due to the passage of HB 17-1313.

HB 1287 Reauthorize Commission Criminal and Juvenile Justive: The Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) was scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2018. This bill extends the repeal date to July 1, 2023, adds a sunset review provision, and make changes to the membership of the CCJJ.

HB 1314 Drone Interference With Public Safety Operations:  Amends the current peace officer obstruction statute to make clear that the penalty applies if an individual causes obstruction with a UAS.

HB 1251 Community Corrections Transition Placements: This bill implements the recommendations of a working group that met in the summer/fall of 2017 to identify strategies to more efficiently transfer eligible DOC inmates into community corrections. Among other things, the bill requires the Office of Community Corrections to provide annual training to local Community Corrections Boards as well as DOC case managers.
·        Although not directly related to this bill, there has been a push to increase the utilization of Community Corrections, which resulted in a budget increase of $4 million in FY19 to increase bed capacity and $350,180 (3.6 FTE) to complete PACE evaluations.

HB 1394 Update Colorado Disaster Emergency Act: This bill was led by the Colorado Recovery and Resiliency Collaborative, in cooperation with DOLA and DHSEM. The legislation codifies much of what we have been doing informally as well as better defines roles and responsibilities and coordination among state agencies supporting in disasters. The legislation also makes the Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Office permanent in DOLA and renames it the Colorado Resiliency Office,

HB 1423 Rural Fire Protection District Equipment Grants: Transfers $250,000 General Fund to the existing local firefighter safety and disease prevention fund to provide grants for equipment and training to increase firefighter safety and prevent occupation-related diseases. Fire districts may apply for up to a $25,000 grant.

HB 1427 Sex Offender Management Board Conflict of Interest: Prohibits members of the sex offender management board (SOMB) from receiving a direct financial benefit from the standards or guidelines adopted by the board. This also includes any organization that has any state contract with the Department of Public Safety, Department of Human Services, Department of Corrections, or State Judicial.

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