The bill provides immunity from civil and criminal liability for a person who forcibly enters a locked vehicle for the purpose of rendering assistance to an at-risk person or animal. To receive immunity, the person must:
Have a good faith belief that the person or animal is in imminent danger of death or suffering great bodily injury;
Verify the vehicle is locked;
Make a reasonable effort to locate the owner or operator of the vehicle;
Contact a law enforcement or other first responder agency prior to forcibly entering the vehicle and not interfere with the actions of any such responding law enforcement agency;
Use no more force than reasonably necessary to enter the locked vehicle;
Remain with the at-risk person or animal in a safe location close to the vehicle until law enforcement or other first responder arrives at the scene; except that, if the person rendering assistance has to leave the scene before the owner or operator of the vehicle returns, prior to leaving the scene, the person rendering assistance shall leave a notice on the vehicle with his or her name and contact information and the name and location, if any, of the facility to which he or she took the at-risk person or animal. Also prior to leaving the scene, the person rendering assistance shall contact law enforcement, animal control, or other first responder to provide them with the same information.
Most Recent Status:
3/1/2017 Passed House
Create Rotation Schedule For Tax Checkoff Programs
Currently, an income tax refund voluntary contribution program, commonly referred to as a 'tax checkoff program' (program), appears on the state individual income tax return form (form) until the program is repealed pursuant to the sunset clause in its organic statute or until the program fails to receive a minimum amount of contributions in any year after the 2-year 'ramp-up period' immediately following the program's creation. The number of programs that appear on the form each year is capped at 20 and preference for placement on the form is given to returning programs. If more programs exist than the form can accommodate, the excess programs are placed in a queue until a slot on the form becomes available.
Section 2 of the bill revises the tax checkoff process so that a program is allowed to appear on the form for 5 consecutive years and then take a minimum 5-year hiatus, at which point the program is again eligible to be added (via the general assembly acting by bill) to the form for another 5-year period and then removed for another 5-year hiatus, etc. This cycle may repeat indefinitely. Because they are currently exempt from the mandatory sunset process for checkoffs, the bill exempts the homeless prevention activities program fund voluntary contribution and the western slope military veterans' cemetery voluntary contribution from the hiatus requirement.
Because every program will spend a dedicated amount of time on the form, the bill removes the requirement that every program receive a minimum amount of contributions to retain its place on the form. The bill retains the 20-program limit for the form and the queuing process.
Section 2 also specifies that the amount that any taxpayer is permitted to donate annually through the program is capped at the amount of the taxpayer's refund for that year.
For the nongame and endangered wildlife cash fund voluntary contribution program, which is currently scheduled to sunset in January 2018, sections 3 and 4 extend its placement on the form for 2 years before the program cycles off for 5 years pursuant to the above-described process.
Pursuant to the new rotation schedule, sections 5 through 29 specify the 5-year periods in which programs currently on the form will appear on the form and the years in which any renewed fund is eligible to return to the form following the mandatory hiatus. Section 31 removes various laws pertaining to the following tax checkoff funds, which laws are obsolete as these funds do not currently appear on the form:
Adult stem cells cure fund voluntary contribution;
Colorado 2-1-1 first call for help fund voluntary contribution;
Goodwill Industries fund voluntary contribution; and
Families in Action for Mental Health fund voluntary contribution.
Section 30 makes a conforming amendment to account for the repeal of the adult stem cells cure fund tax checkoff provisions.
The purpose of this rulemaking is to provide clarification in definitions; provide new definitions where necessary to aid with clarity; include a new category for “Pet Sitting Facility”; update licensure fees; revise enclosure requirements for puppies, kittens and rabbits; and harmonize all areas of the Rule to integrate the changes to definitions, categories, and licensure dates fully into the Rule. The statutory authority for these rules is §§ 35-80-109(2)(a), (b.6), (c), (d), and (e)(l) C.R.S.
d. In the case of euthanasia training, the consultant or staff veterinarian must certify that staff has received thorough and adequate training on the proper administration of the medications that comply with the dosage and routes guidelines of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Furthermore, the veterinarian must certify that he/she has provided direct supervision of staff administration of such drugs for at least 3 hours prior to staff administration without supervision.
Limitations On Sale Of Dogs & Cats
Proposal withdrawn before assigned a number or publicly published
Section 1 of the bill makes a legislative declaration.
Section 2 of the bill defines "pet shop" as a pet animal facility that acquires dogs and cats for the purpose of resale, whether as owner, agent, or consignee, and offers to sell 24 or more dogs, cats, or a combination thereof, in a calendar year.
Section 3 of the bill prohibits the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops unless the shop has obtained the dog or cat from, or displays the dog or cat in cooperation with, a pet animal rescue or animal shelter.
The bill creates the 'Home-based Pet Animal Care Technology Platform Act'. A 'pet animal care technology platform' (pet platform) is defined as a corporation or other corporate entity, operating in Colorado, that uses a digital network to connect pet animal caregivers to pet animal owners for the purpose of providing home-based pet animal services, such as boarding, day care, housesitting, drop-in visits, training, transportation, and walking. Pet platforms are required to obtain a permit to operate from the department of agriculture (department) before beginning operations. Pet platforms are required to carry specified amounts of insurance coverage and pay a fee to the department, as determined by department rule. Before allowing a person to act as a pet animal caregiver through the pet platform, the pet platform shall confirm that the person is 18 years of age or older and shall confirm that the person has never been convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any felony offense involving animals. The pet animal care technology platform fund is created.