Colorado Legislative Council Staff


(Replaces fiscal impact dated April 12, 1999)

Drafting Number:

Prime Sponsor(s):

LLS 99-0883

Rep. Larson

Sen. Arnold


Bill Status:

Fiscal Analyst:

April 16, 1999

House 2nd Reading

Scott Nachtrieb (303-866-4752)



Summary of Assessment

            The bill, as amended by the House Transportation and Energy Committee, would require a person that registers a motor vehicle in person to provide the color of the vehicle to the Department of Revenue (DOR). Currently, a motor vehicle’s color is provided to DOR upon registration of a new vehicle and when a vehicle is sold or transferred. The bill also would require the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to provide local law enforcement agencies the ability to search the current motor vehicle computer files in various ways including the ability to search by color.

            The bill would not change the process the DOR currently uses to collect information on the color of a vehicle. It would increase the number of persons reporting the color of their vehicle in a given year. This would not increase the workload to the county clerks or the DOR. The effective date of the amended bill has been changed to September 1, 1999, which would eliminate any DOR expenditure. The DOR would be able to order forms through the normal ordering cycle and the fiscal impact would be eliminated.

            The provision that requires the CBI to provide local law enforcement with searchable database that includes vehicle color would not increase costs to the CBI. The amount of computer programming that would be required could be completed within existing resources. Therefore, this amended bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact.

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