Health insurance coverage for fertility treatment, limits on donations to school board candidates and preserving the vote of people whose homes are destroyed are all laws after receiving Governor Jared Polis’ signature on Wednesday.
He also signed a bill allowing bikes to treat stop signs as yield signs and stop lights as stop signs and to encourage power line trails.
Here’s what these news laws will do:
Colorado bikes can cross intersections
Internal Bill 22-1028 allows cyclists to continue riding at stop signs and not wait for the green light to cross intersections – a practice many are already following, so they can retain their mobility when in danger, supporters said during of the signing of the bill.
“Making bicycling an easy and accessible choice for everyone across the state is really important,” said Sen. Faith Winter, DW, estminster. “So let’s cycle more and that makes it safer and easier.”
It also makes the rule consistent across the state, Gov. Jared Polis said as he signed the bill, his desk flanked by bicycles.
The bills were sponsored by Winter and Sen. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson and Reps. Matt Gray (D-Broomfield) and Edie Hooton (D-Boulder).
Trails now part of power line development discussions
Internal Bill 22-1014 aims to streamline the transformation of transmission line clearances into paths for bicycles and pedestrians. In short, when a company requests a new transmission line or extension, the local government is notified in case the entities want to discuss it, said Rep. Andrew Boesenecker, D-Fort Collins, sponsor.
“I think anything we can do to boost outdoor recreation, maybe get a few cars off the road in the meantime, make sure we bring tourism and recreation to other parts of our state is everything. just awesome,” Boesenecker told Bill. signature.
The bill was sponsored by Boesenecker and Sens. Jeff Bridges (D-Greenwood Village) and Kevin Priola (R-Henderson).
School District Principal Candidate Contribution Limits
Candidates for the Colorado school board will now face limits on the amount of money they can raise. Below Internal Bill 22-1060they will not be able to collect more than $2,500 from an individual or $25,000 from a small committee of donors.
Spending on these races has skyrocketed in recent years, according to an analysis from the Colorado Sun. This brings him into line with restrictions on fundraising by lawmakers and other candidates.
“The people of Colorado want to make sure that candidates for office work for them and not for special interests,” Polis said. “And it’s really difficult when there’s someone who receives $50,000 or $100,000 in donations from a company or an individual.”
The bill was sponsored by State Representative Emily Sirota and Senator Julie Gonzales, both Democrats from Denver. Gonzales said he’s heard from people across the political spectrum about limiting errand spending for volunteer positions.
“We are ensuring the integrity of our school board elections” with this law, Gonzales said.
Insurance plans will need to cover fertility treatments.
Internal Bill 22-1008 implements legislation passed in the 2020 legislative session to require large employer health insurance plans to begin covering medically necessary fertility coverage. Coverage must be offered from 2023.
“Today is a day we’ve waited years for,” said Rep. Kerry Tipper, D-Lakewood. “I am moved just to think about what this means for so many families across the state of Colorado.”
Because the proceedings are still quite rare, states with similar laws haven’t seen the resulting cost increases, R-Delta County Rep. Matt Soper said. More importantly, it’s about supporting families who want future Coloradans, he said.
“These are Coloradans fighting for life, fighting to create families,” Soper said.
The bill was sponsored by Soper, Tipper and Sens. Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder) and Faith Winter (D-Westminster).
Residence of elector whose house is destroyed
Senate Bill 22-152 allows voters who lose their home to disaster, natural or otherwise, to continue to use that address for voter registration if they intend to return to the address.
When a community rebuilds, most decisions about the process end up being made at the ballot box, said Senate Speaker and bill sponsor Steve Fenberg, a Democrat whose district includes the Marshall Burn Zone.
“Even when you are in the midst of a horrific disaster, we want to make sure you are able to exercise your right to vote and have your voice heard, in large part on how to shape the rebuilding of your community” , Fenberg said during the bill. signature. “Because it’s a community discussion in many ways that takes place at the ballot box.”
Sen. Sonya Jaquez Lewis, D-Longmont, said she knows a constituent who has moved four times since a fire destroyed her home at the end of the year.
“We’re so hopeful that this simple act, this important act, will help people at least lighten a load of everything they’re facing,” Jaquez Lewis said.
The bill was sponsored by Fenberg and Jaquez Lewis, and Reps. Matt Gray (D-Broomfield) and Tracey Bernett (D-Niwot).