CASTA’s unique and effective state-level advocacy initiatives include legislation, cabinet-level policy discussions, and building relationships with like-minded organizations.
- 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:
- 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.