CASTA’s unique and effective state-level advocacy initiatives include legislation, cabinet-level policy discussions, and building relationships with like-minded organizations.
The Colorado General Assembly has provided a very handy look-up tool to find your state legislator’s contact information. Type in your ZIP code and then click on the legislator’s picture for their phone number and email.
- SB18-088 Taxation of Retail Marijuana Sales – reinstates RTAs’ ability to collect tax on Marijuana sales (inadvertently eliminated to SB17-2670. Signed into law 2/22/2018.
- SB18-001 Transportation Infrastructure Funding – requires CDOT to bond for transportation projects. 10% for transit projects. Sister House Bill is HB18-1119.
- HB17-1018 – RTA Property Tax Extension extended authority of Regional Transportation Authorities to request mill-levy increases from taxpayers until 2029.
- SB17-267 Sustainability of Rural Colorado – authorized state to lease-purchase agreements on state facilities totaling $2 billion, equal amounts over four years, beginning FY ’18-19. CDOT receives $1.8 billion of those proceeds, with the remainder dedicated to controlled maintenance and capital projects on state buildings. At least 10% of CDOT’s proceeds will be dedicated to transit projects.
- Co Specialized Occupational Driver License Residency Exemption – seasonal transit drivers working for Colorado agencies do not need to get a Colorado CDL if they have a CDL in good standing from another state. For more information and details please follow the link below to read the bulletin from the Colorado Department of Revenue.
- Federal Transit Funds Distribution in Colorado – CASTA Board of Directors and members worked with CDOT to revise the 5310/5311 distribution methodology. Related documentation as follows:
Carol Gustafson Olds, the CDL coordinator for Colorado at the Department of Revenue says that Colorado is not required to fully implement these changes until February 2020. Further decisions about the timing will come after until after the April CDL coordinators meeting.
- Statewide Elder and Adult IDD Abuse Reporting Required by Transit Drivers
A new law was enacted on July 1, 2016 regarding reporting suspected abuse of at-risk elders and adults with IDD. The list of mandatory reporters includes “Employees, contractors and volunteers operating specialized transportation services for at-risk elders and at-risk adults with IDD”. Follow the link below to read the full statute.
- SB13-048 HUTF moneys allocated to local governments for multi-modal transportation infrastructure
- Denver Post Article
- Yield to Bus Legislation enacted
- SB08-108 Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery Act of 2009 Created Division of Transit and Rail at CDOT. Dedicated $15 million to transit.
- Authorized Regional Transportation Authorities to request property tax as funding source.
- First year of transit funding flowed through SB 1 program providing $21.5 million distributed through a competitive statewide grant program.
- HB02-1310 Transportation Funding – Dedicated 10% of SB97-01 dollars to transit.