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Bill Detail: SB23-064

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Title Continue Office Of Public Guardianship
Status Governor Signed (05/30/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors M. Snyder (D)
R. Armagost (R)
Senate Sponsors J. Ginal (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 01/20/2023

Under existing law, the office of public guardianship (office) is
authorized to serve indigent and incapacitated adults (incapacitated
adults) in need of guardianship in 3 judicial districts and is scheduled to
repeal on June 30, 2024. The bill extends the office indefinitely and
requires the office to operate in every judicial district in the state by
December 31, 2027.
The bill establishes a board of directors (board) to oversee the
office. The board consists of 7 members: 3 members who are attorneys
appointed by the chief justice of the Colorado supreme court and 4
non-attorney members appointed by the governor. The existing public
guardianship commission that oversees the office is repealed, effective
August 31, 2023.
The bill clarifies the office's duties. The office's director
administers the office pursuant to a memorandum of understanding with
the judicial department. The bill clarifies what must be included in the
memorandum of understanding.
The office is required to employ guardians to provide guardianship
services to the office's clients. A guardian must be certified as a guardian
or become certified within 2 years after being hired by the office. The
office shall provide training to guardians in specified subjects.
The bill requires a court to waive filing fees for petitions for
guardianship filed by the office in cases that involve an incapacitated
adult who is eligible for guardianship services from the office. A court is
prohibited from requiring the office or a guardian employed by the office
to post a bond as a condition for appointment as a guardian.

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