SB17-120

SB17-120 - Require United States Citizenship For Colorado Peace Officers

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning the requirement of United States citizenship to be a peace officer in Colorado.

The 'Immigration and Nationality Act' allows states to pass laws requiring United States citizenship as a condition of employment. The bill imposes a United States citizenship requirement for peace officers, including certified peace officers, in Colorado. Honorably discharged veterans of the United States military are exempted from the United States citizenship requirement.

A person who is a legal permanent resident and who is employed by a law enforcement agency as a peace officer or certified peace officer on the effective date of the bill is exempted from the United States citizenship requirement until July 1, 2022, unless the P.O.S.T. board extends the date for compliance. A person who is a legal permanent resident and is a certified peace officer but not employed on the effective date of the bill is exempted from the United States citizenship requirement until July 1, unless the P.O.S.T. board extends the date for compliance. The P.O.S.T. board, upon request of the employing law enforcement agency of a certified peace officer whose compliance was grandfathered, may extend the date for the certified peace officer's compliance with the United States citizenship requirement based upon a showing that the certified peace officer is making progress towards attaining citizenship and needs an extension of time.

If the person fails to obtain United States citizenship during the grandfathered-time period, the P.O.S.T. board shall revoke the person's peace officer certification, if applicable, unless the P.O.S.T. board extends the date for compliance.

For purposes of the grandfather provision, an adult probation officer and a juvenile probation officer are considered to be employed by a law enforcement agency.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

 

Senate Committees

Latest update: March 15, 2017
03/15/2017 - House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
02/21/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
02/17/2017 - Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
02/14/2017 - Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 02/17/2017 - No Amendments
02/13/2017 - Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
02/10/2017 - Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
02/09/2017 - Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
02/06/2017 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
01/27/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary