The First Regular Session of Colorado’s 74th General Assembly kicked off January 9, 2023. We will update this page throughout the session to reflect Colorado Center on Law and Policy’s anti-poverty priorities and, as new bills are introduced, our positions on them.
CCLP’s priorities for 2023
HB23-1126: Medical Debt Credit Reporting Protections
One in 8 Coloradans (12.1%) has medical debt in collections. Here in Colorado, medical debt is also reported on consumer reports and credit reports. This compounds the harm for those facing debt, by impacting financial health and reducing economic stability, creating barriers for affected individuals wherever consumer reports are used.
HB23-1126 would improve the credit reporting situation for 700,000 Coloradans by:
- Stopping medical debt from being included on credit reports by adding it to the list of types of information that consumer reporting agencies are not allowed to report.
- Ensuring more Coloradans’ personal information is protected by narrowing the circumstances when otherwise protected information can be shared.
- Informing impacted consumers about their new rights by requiring debt collectors to notify Coloradans with medical debt that medical debt can no longer be included on credit reports, except under narrow circumstances.
CCLP is proud to SUPPORT HB23-1126, learn more on our HB1126 action page here.
HB23-1112: Income tax credits for struggling families
Workers in the lowest paid jobs can’t afford to meet basic needs. Those with young children face the biggest gap between earnings and cost of basic needs. A new bill could increase the State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and increase the State Child Tax Credit (CTC). These two tax credits have been proven effective in reducing poverty.
HB23-1112 would bolster both of these tax credits by increasing the credits a Coloradan can claim. For income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2024, the bill increases the earned income tax credit that a resident individual can claim on their state income tax return to 40% of the federal credit claimed on the resident individual’s federal income tax return. For income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2024, the bill changes the definition of “eligible child” to match the age of eligibility for the federal credit, increases percentages of the federal credit that a resident individual can claim for the child tax credit on their state income tax return by 20%, 10%, or 5% depending on the resident individual’s income level, and requires the department of revenue to adjust for inflation the income levels set forth to determine eligibility for the credit.
CCLP SUPPORTS HB23-1112 in expanding income tax credits for struggling families. Read more about HB23-1112 here and about HB23-1112 EITC & CTC Expansion Fact Sheet (Fact sheet provided by Colorado Fiscal Institute.)
HB23-1124: Funding SNAP E&T
Bill sponsors: Rep. Mandy Lindsay and Sen. Rhonda Fields.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s Employment and Training component (SNAP E&T) provides training and support services for SNAP-eligible individuals. This bill proposes to expand that training and support, and expand funding for new and existing third-party partners to provide these services. This bill will renew the funding for enhanced training, employment and support services for a further 2 years, providing $3 million in additional state funding over that time, and drawing down an additional $3m in federal funding. These are much-needed resources as the pandemic’s Public Health Emergency draws to a close.
HB23-1124 requires the general assembly to annually appropriate $1.5 million from the general fund to the department of human services for continued employment support and job retention services and to continue to support work-based learning opportunities for Colorado employment first participants.
CCLP and the SKills2Compete – Colorado Coalition SUPPORT HB23-1124, funding SNAP E&T for Colorado. Read more on our new HB23-1124 SNAP E&T Fact Sheet. (PDF, updated 2023-02-01)
SB23-007: Adult Education
Sponsors: Senator Rachel Zenzinger, Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer, Representative Cathy Kipp, Representative Marc Catlin
300,000 Colorado adults lack a high school diploma. Many of the same individuals also have limited or no digital skills. Without these skills, people face limited job options, lower wages and challenges in daily activities. SB23-007 would help Coloradans by:
- Making changes to adult education programs to better serve adults with less than a 9th grade education
- Adding digital literacy as a core function of adult education
- Allowing Community Colleges to grant high school diplomas to their own students.
CCLP SUPPORTS SB23-007, enhancing adult education in Colorado. Read SB23-007 Fact Sheet and endorsers (as of 4.14.23) and about Adult Education in Colorado here. (Both fact sheets provided by Spring Institute.)
HB23-1190: Affordable Housing Right of First Refusal
Sponsors: Representative Andrew Boesenecker, Representative Emily Sirota, Senator Faith Winter
Colorado has 160,597 extremely low-income renter households, but only has 46,219 affordable and available rental homes. The Right of First Refusal bill:
- Preserves affordability for renters and prevents their displacement.
- Keeps the seller in the driver’s seat and allows for competition. Local governments can match the selling price driven by the market.
- Exempts certain transfers of property that are not open-market sales and waives transactions when the buyer agrees to affordability protections.
- Promotes local control and governments can choose to participate. Nothing in this bill requires a local government to exercise its authority.
- Will allow governments to put recent affordable housing funding (ARPA, Prop 123) to good use.
CCLP SUPPORTS HB23-1190, creating a right of first refusal for tenants of affordable housing. Read the HB23-1190 Fact Sheet and endorsers (Fact sheet updated March 21, 2023 and was provided by Maiker Housing Partners and Colorado Poverty Law Project.)
2023 State Legislation List
Throughout the legislative session, CCLP compiles a list of bills concerning economic opportunity and poverty reduction. This list will include bill sponsors, assigned committees, and the organizations that have expressed their support for or opposition to each bill.
Updated May 12, 2023.
2023 Skills2Compete Workforce and Skills Legislation at the Capitol
The following bills in the 2023 Colorado General Assembly focus on some issues related to skills training for adult Colorado workers.
Updated May 15, 2023.
2023 Tenant Protections Bills
The following bills in the 2023 Colorado General Assembly focus on some issues related to tenant protections.
Updated May 12, 2023.