Due to the Outbreak of COVID-19, the Colorado Legislature is seriously considering halting the the 2020 Legislative Session.  While no final decision has been made on this yet, legislation has been introduced to accomplish the goal.  Between Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, both houses will attempt to rush constitutionally-required legislation that would permit them to shut their doors during the outbreak.  Therefore, all legislation not currently passed by both houses and submitted to the Governor for a signature is in jeopardy for 2020 and may have to be re-introduced in the next legislative session - following the 2020 elections.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

SB20-167 Electric Vehicle Manufacturer and Dealer

(The Rivian Bill)

After a comprehensive negotiation, CADA has come to a resolution with the state under which new EV manufacturers, such as Rivian and Fisker, could sell direct to consumers while existing franchised manufacturers could not compete with their own dealers.  In our view, this was already the status quo of the law under C.R.S. 44-20-124.  This agreement was amended into the legislation in the Senate, at which time CADA went from an 'opposed' position to a 'neutral' one.  That amended language has carried both the Senate and the House and is now before the Governor for a signature.

https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb20-167

SB20-036 Emission Inspection Check Engine Light

Dealers have an obligation to deliver a vehicle that passes emissions inspection.  Typically a check engine light on an On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) test means an automatic failure.  This bill allows vehicles failing emissions for a illuminated engine light are now subjected to a tailpipe emissions test, rather than automatically failed.  This will prevent failures for non-emissions reasons.

This bill has passed the Senate and moves to the House.

https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb20-036

SB20-44 Sales and Use Tax Revenue for Transportation

This bill has a simple premise.  Tax dollars collected on the sale of vehicles should be reinvested in roads and bridges.  This bill would divide tax dollars between the state and municipalities and create a stable funding source for Colorado's infrastructure.

This bill addresses one of Colorado's most pressing issues.  Introduced by Senator Lundeen and Representative Roberts, this has been postponed indefinitely (i.e. killed).

https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb20-044

SB20-038 Statewide Bio-diesel Requirement

This bill requires a "summer blend" of diesel gas, where all diesel sold between June 1 and September 15, contain at least 5% bio-diesel and the rest of the year's diesel contain at least 10%. It then delegates to the Air Quality Control Commission to implement this standard..

 

This bill has passed the Senate and moved to the House.

https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb20-038

HB20-1018 Adopt Renewable Natural Gas Standard

In a growing trend, the legislature again punts to the Air Quality Commission to develop policy for the state, under the instruction that utilities develop a process to recover costs for natural gas programs.

We fear that when the regulation emerges, it will result in utilities creating subsidized energy programs - not through tax dollars but rather through increased energy fees on Colorado consumers.

CADA has not yet taken a position on this bill.  It has been assigned to the House Energy Committee for consideration.

https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb20-1018

HB20-1030 Commercial Vehicle Annual Fleet Overweight Permits

This bill has a simple premise.  Tax dollars collected on the sale of vehicles should be reinvested in roads and bridges.  This bill would divide tax dollars between the state and municipalities and create a stable funding source for Colorado's infrastructure.

This bill standardizes a process that keeps commercial vehicles moving.  It has passed the House and Senate and has been submitted to the Governor for a signature.

https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb20-1030

SB20-067 Vehicel Specific Ownership Tax Actual Price

This bill re-calibrates how the annual specific ownership tax is collected. Today, most passenger vehicles charge 75% of the Suggested Retail Price.  The new method would require actual retail price.

Actual retail price includes the cost of extended warranties, service packages, snow tires, etc. included at the time of purchase.  We are concerned that this will materially increase ownership taxes for all citizens.  We anticipate participation in the legislative process.

This bill has been postponed indefinitely (i.e. killed).

https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb20-067

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