HB 18-1325

  • Colorado House Bill
  • 2018 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Apr 02, 2018
  • Passed House Mar 29, 2018
  • Passed Senate Apr 05, 2018
  • Signed by Governor Apr 30, 2018

Digital Trunked Radio System Coverage Gaps


Joint Budget Committee. The statewide digital trunked radio system (DTRS) provides interoperable radio communications that allow personnel from multiple agencies in different levels of government to rapidly share information and coordinate efforts in emergency situations. While DTRS is considered one of the nation's most successful statewide public safety communications voice networks, there are areas of the state that do not have adequate coverage on the DTRS network. This means public safety officials are unable to communicate with others when working in geographies with little to no coverage. The general assembly established the public safety communications trust fund (trust fund) for the acquisition and maintenance of public safety communications systems, including the DTRS. Currently, through the 2024-25 fiscal year, the general assembly appropriates $7.2 million each fiscal year from the general fund and other funds to the trust fund for purposes of the DTRS. The governor's office of information technology (office) is required to use the money for the replacement of legacy radio equipment and hardware at radio tower sites and for software upgrade assurance. Due to a one-time savings achieved through negotiations between the office and its DTRS software vendor, approximately $3 million of the money appropriated to the trust fund to date is unexpended. The bill authorizes the office to use any unencumbered and unexpended money appropriated for purposes of the DTRS on DTRS site supporting infrastructure and DTRS supporting software and hardware. In addition, in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 fiscal years, the bill requires the general assembly to appropriate an additional $2 million from the general fund to the trust fund. The bill requires the office to use the money to work in partnership with local and regional government entities to add additional radio tower sites in areas of the state that are experiencing critical coverage gaps for public safety radio communications. The office is required to submit a report to the joint budget committee detailing the use of the additional $2 million. (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.) , Read More

Bill Sponsors (3)



Apr 30, 2018

Office of the Governor

Governor Signed

Apr 26, 2018

Office of the Governor

Sent to the Governor


Signed by the President of the Senate


Signed by the Speaker of the House

Apr 05, 2018


Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Apr 04, 2018


Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments

Apr 03, 2018


Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage

Apr 02, 2018


Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations

  • Introduction

Mar 29, 2018


House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Mar 28, 2018


House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee

Mar 27, 2018


House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
House Committee of the Whole Appropriations

Mar 26, 2018


Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations

  • Introduction

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Committee Amendment PDF
PA1 (03/27/2018) PDF
Introduced (03/26/2018) PDF
Engrossed (03/28/2018) PDF
Reengrossed (03/29/2018) PDF
Revised (04/04/2018) PDF
Rerevised (04/05/2018) PDF
Final Act (04/26/2018) PDF
Signed Act (04/30/2018) PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note SA1 (03/27/2018) PDF
Fiscal Note SA2 (04/03/2018) PDF
Fiscal Note FN1 (03/26/2018) PDF
Fiscal Note FN2 (05/30/2018) PDF


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