Colorado Legislative Council Staff



Drafting Number:

Prime Sponsor(s):

LLS 99-0897

Rep. Coleman

Sen. Feeley


Bill Status:

Fiscal Analyst:

April 6, 1999

House Business Affairs

Steve Tammeus (866-2756)



Fiscal Impact Summary

FY 1999/2000

FY 2000/2001

State Revenues

General Fund



State Expenditures

General Fund



FTE Position Change

0.0 FTE

0.0 FTE

Other State Impact: None

Effective Date: 90 days after adjournment unless a referendum petition is filed.

Appropriation Summary for FY 1999-2000: None

Local Government Impact: None

Summary of Legislation

            This bill requires the Commission on Information Management in the Department of Personnel/GSS to develop nonvisual access standards by July 1, 2001, for information technology equipment and software for state agencies. The amendment authorizes the commission to develop a technology clause that may be used in contracts for procurement of nonvisual access information technology.

            The bill requires the head of each state agency to submit a written plan to the commission by July 1, 2002, identifying potential costs or savings to implement the standards. The commission is to evaluate the standards and the implementation plans, and report to the House and Senate Business Affairs Committees and the Joint Budget Committee by January 1, 2003. The report is to include any recommendations for legislation.

State Expenditures

            Commission on Information Management. The commission will be able to develop the standards and the technology clause during FY 2000-01, and report to legislative committees during FY 2002-03 with existing budgeted resources.

            State agencies. This fiscal note assumes state agencies will be able to develop and submit a written plan as an element of the annual operating budget development process during FY 2001-02 with existing budgeted resources. In the event additional resources are required, any affected state agencies will identify those requirements at that time.


            In the event that future legislation is required, or that additional state resources are required, to implement the acquisition of information technology to allow blind or visually impaired persons to access state information, this fiscal note assumes any resulting fiscal impact to state agencies will be identified at that time.

            The Department of Law indicates that additional legal services may be required to respond to state agency inquiries regarding clarification of the definition of "blind or visually impaired" and legal interpretations of the definition's application to a specific state agency. This fiscal note assumes the costs for any additional legal services, if any, will be identified by those specific agencies during the annual operating budget development process.

            In summary, this bill will not affect state expenditures for FY 1999-2000 and FY 2000-01. The amount of any future potential state costs is dependant upon the conditions of the standards to be developed by the Commission on Information Management, and any additional requirements that may be specified by any future legislation.

State Appropriations

            This proposed amendment will not require new state appropriations during FY 1999-2000.

Departments Contacted

            All departments