Minimum wage increase, other new laws take effect Jan. 1

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Minimum wage increase, other new laws take effect Jan. 1

Voter-approved measures signed by Hickenlooper
In addition to the amendments and propositions that were passed in the November general election, several bills approved during the 2016 Colorado legislative session, which concluded in May, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Minimum wage increase, other new laws take effect Jan. 1

In addition to the amendments and propositions that were passed in the November general election, several bills approved during the 2016 Colorado legislative session, which concluded in May, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.
New laws

Colorado House bills that become law on Jan. 1 include:
House Bill 1095: Requires health benefit plans to cover the renewal of prescription eye drops.H.B. 1103: Clarifies the licensing and online database registration requirements for mental health professionals.H.B. 1175: Closes loopholes that allowed seniors and retired veterans to claim tax exemptions on multiple residences.H.B. 1184: Places a surcharge on telecommunication companies in Colorado. The revenue collected from the surcharge can be allocated by the Broadband Deployment Board in grants for projects that expand broadband service into unserved areas of the state.Colorado Senate bills that become law on Jan. 1 include:
Senate Bill 16: A portion of this bill that increases the prerequisites of facilities that apply for scientific and cultural facilities district funding in the Denver Metropolitan area goes into effect.S.B. 19: Requires the video and audio recording of court-ordered mental condition evaluations of defendants who are being tried for Class 1 or 2 felonies and felony sex crimes.S.B. 165: Reduces the tax paid for insurance premiums by insurance companies that maintain a home office within the state of Colorado.A complete list of bills approved during the 2016 legislative session can be found at tornado.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/digest2016a/16DIGEST.pdf

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