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h_phc_2016a_2016-01-26t13:34:25z2 Hearing Summary

Date: 01/26/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1037



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Moved a conceptual amendment to insert "purchase"

Refer House Bill 16-1037 to the Committee on Finan
Pass Without Objection

PASS







02:49 PM -- HB 16-1037



Representative Windholz, sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1037 to the committee. A research note for the bill was distributed to the committee (Attachment I). The bill is recommended by the Interim Committee to Study the Vocational Rehabilitation of Services to the Blind. Representative Windholz gave data about persons with disabilities in Colorado, including the unemployment rate, average income, and educational attainment for the disabled. She explained the Business Enterprise Program in Colorado.



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The bill creates two income tax credits for taxpayers who hire persons with developmental disabilities and persons who are blind or visually impaired and are referred for employment by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Rep. Windholz detailed the two income tax credits offered by the bill, which are as follows:

      • a tax credit for employee wages equal to 50 percent of the gross wages of a qualifying employee in the first three months of continuous employment, and 30 percent of the gross wages of a qualified employee for the following nine months of continuous employment; and,
      • a tax credit for software and hardware costs equal to a share of costs of the maintenance, repair, and upgrade of software or hardware that assists a qualifying employee in performing his or her job as follows: 75 percent of the cost incurred in the first year, 50 percent the second year, and 25 percent the third year.

Both credits are nonrefundable and available for three years beginning in the tax year 2016. Both credits are limited to a taxpayers income liability, and an amount of the credit in the excess of the liability may be carried forward up to five years. This bill would reinstate statute from 2008, which was a prior tax credit.



02:52 PM



Representative Windholz responded to questions from the committee about the bill.



02:58 PM -- Cynde Vaughn, Colorado Deaf-Blind Task Force, testified in support of the bill. She responded to questions from the committee.



03:10 PM --
Dan Burke, National Federation of the Blind, testified in support of the bill.



03:15 PM -- Brent Batron, National Federation of the Blind, testified in support of the bill. He responded to questions from the committee.



03:17 PM --
Marijo Rymer, The Arc of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. She responded to questions from the committee.



03:23 PM



Representative Primavera and Representative Windholz discussed a conceptual amendment to the bill.

BILL: HB16-1037
TIME: 03:24:49 PM
MOVED: Primavera
MOTION: Moved a conceptual amendment to insert "purchase" before "maintenance" on page 5, line 27 and throughout the bill. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Singer
VOTE
Conti
Danielson
Everett
Ginal
Joshi
Landgraf
Leonard
Moreno
Pettersen
Tyler
Windholz
Singer
Primavera
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection





03:26 PM



Rep. Windholz gave concluding remarks on the bill. Committee members discussed the bill.

BILL: HB16-1037
TIME: 03:33:40 PM
MOVED: Windholz
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1037 to the Committee on Finance, as amended. The motion passed on a vote of 11-2.
SECONDED: Conti
VOTE
Conti
Yes
Danielson
Yes
Everett
No
Ginal
Yes
Joshi
Yes
Landgraf
Yes
Leonard
No
Moreno
Yes
Pettersen
Yes
Tyler
Yes
Windholz
Yes
Singer
Yes
Primavera
Yes
Final YES: 11 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







03:35 PM



The committee adjourned.






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