DENVER — Tuesday, June 5, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced vetoes of House Bill 18-1083 “Concerning a Sales Tax and Use Tax Exemption for Aircraft to be Used by On-demand Air Carriers”, House Bill 18-1263 “Concerning Adding Certain Conditions to the List of Disabling Medical Conditions for Medical Marijuana Use, and, in Connection Therewith, Adding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)”, HB 18-1011 “Concerning Measures to Allow Greater Investment Flexibility in Marijuana Businesses”, and Senate Bill 18-156 “Concerning the Publication of Fiscal Information by a County.”
House Bill 18-1083
“The bill’s proponents contend that exempting privately purchased aircrafts from sales and use taxes will create jobs in Colorado and prevent certain private aircraft owners from purchasing and storing planes in other states,” said Governor Hickenlooper in the veto letter. “We are unpersuaded by that argument as stronger data was not presented demonstrating this bill will lead to greater aircraft purchases - specifically, purchases that would not have otherwise occurred in the absence of this bill - and private aircrafts stored in Colorado. We believe that a more comprehensive analysis of tax policy around aircrafts is warranted.”
House Bill 18-1263
“While we are very sympathetic with families advocating medical marijuana (MMJ) as a safer and more effective treatment for their children, we cannot ignore such overwhelming concerns from the medical community,” said Governor Hickenlooper in the veto letter. He went on to say, “In vetoing this bill, we do so on sole concern that medical efficacy on MMJ to treat ASD has yet to be fully studied by medical professionals and scientific experts entrusted to this role at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).”
Additionally, an executive order will be issued directing CDPHE, in coordination with the Board of Health, to evaluate the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders in children.
House Bill 18-1011
“The marijuana industry is organically expanding. While we wish to encourage business opportunity, we must approach capital expansion in the market in a way that is consistent with our federal oversight, and not degrade the robust regulatory system that Colorado worked so hard to establish,” said Governor Hickenlooper in the veto letter.
Senate Bill 18-156
“The underlying law was enacted in a time when newspapers were the dominant, if not sole, form of public information in all communities. For some communities, this is still the norm,” said Governor Hickenlooper in the veto letter. “We are persuaded that the sponsors’ concept is sound and the bill’s time is near. But that time must closely align with full broadband availability throughout the State. To that end, we encourage the sponsors to bring this bill next year with trigger language taking effect not at a date certain, but rather once full broadband buildout is achieved.”
The governor vetoed nine bills this session, and let two bills become law without signature.