It’s February, but let’s rewind a bit to January 1st, 2024, when a wave of new laws swept across Colorado. From environmental initiatives to expanded worker protections, the changes impact various aspects of life in the Centennial State. Let’s dive into some of the most significant updates:
For the Environment:
Plastic Bag Ban: Say goodbye to single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores! Colorado joined the growing movement to reduce plastic waste, requiring stores to charge 10 cents per paper bag or encourage reusable options.
Right to Repair for Farmers: This law empowers farmers and ranchers to fix their own equipment, breaking the monopoly of manufacturer-approved repair services. This saves money and promotes self-sufficiency in rural communities.
For Your Wallet:
Paid Family Leave Expansion: The paid family leave program, launched in 2023, expanded in 2024. Now, certain employees can use their accrued leave for reasons beyond caring for a newborn or newly adopted child, including the death of a family member, natural disasters, or school closures.
More Affordable EpiPens: This law requires health insurance plans to cover at least two epinephrine auto-injectors (like EpiPens) with a $25 copay, making them more accessible to those with allergies.
Pet Rent and Deposit Limits: Renting with furry friends just got fairer. Landlords are now limited in how much pet rent and deposits they can charge, offering renters more predictability and affordability.
Doubled Fines for Speeding Trucks on Steep Grades: House Bill 23-1267 empowers the Colorado Department of Transportation to create “steep-downhill grade zones” on specific highways. In these zones, commercial truck drivers caught speeding face doubled fines and surcharges, promoting road safety.
Language Access in Insurance Documents: House Bill 23-1004 requires insurance companies to offer essential documents and communication in languages spoken by 5% or more of their policyholders in the state. This ensures better understanding and access to information for non-English speaking communities.
These are just a few of the many new laws implemented in 2024. Others address mental health resources, job postings incarcerated parent visitation rights, and access to treatment for eating disorders.
Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be misconstrued as legal advice. Please consult with legal professionals for specific questions regarding these or other laws.