CSG Committee on Suggested State Legislation

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The Act provides eligible public school students educational options that offer academically challenging curriculum or accelerated instruction. It requires school districts to adopt policies for early graduation upon the completion of 24 credit hours, the creation of career-themed training courses, and it revises provisions relating to articulated acceleration mechanisms and dual enrollment programs. The Act also requires a comprehensive student progression plan to include information on accelerated educational options.

This Act provides for the board of funeral and cemetery service to create a courtesy card for funeral directors licensed in bordering states, authorizing the funeral directors to provide certain funeral services in the state.

The Act establishes a voluntary surveillance access database where residential homeowners and business owners may elect to have information and/or images obtained from their closed-circuit television or other electronic surveillance systems made available to law enforcement agencies.

This Act requires drug tests whenever state officials have a reasonable suspicion that someone receiving or applying for welfare or unemployment benefits is using drugs.

The Act amends state insurance law to allow the officials to issue certificates to a charitable bail organization to deposit money as bail under certain circumstances for individuals who cannot afford to do so themselves.

The Act offers lawyers an annual subsidy to live and work in rural areas of the state based on the national incentive program used for doctors, nurses and dentists.

The Safe2Tell Program, first created in 2004, is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization based on the Colorado Prevention Initiative for School Safety with initial funding from The Colorado Trust. The primary purpose of the Safe2Tell Program is to provide students and the community with the means to relay information anonymously concerning unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent, or criminal activities, or the threat of these activities, to appropriate law enforcement and public safety agencies and school officials.

The Act makes it a Class C misdemeanor to use fraudulent military records to obtain benefits intended for those who have actually served in the military.

The Act authorizes the creation of self-settled spendthrift trusts, which protect trust assets against the claims of a settlor who is also a trust beneficiary. This bill allows a settlor to transfer assets to an irrevocable trust to be held for the joint benefit of the settlor and at least one other beneficiary.

The rapid expansion of aerial surveillance technology with unmanned vehicles like drones was an issue of significant concern and interest across states. The signaling by the Federal Aviation Administration to open up more air space for commercial use by drones, and their application for law enforcement purposes precipitated the passage of several pieces of legislation across the country adding new parameters on the use of this transformational technology.

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