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Laws include changes to residential occupancy limits, carrying of firearms in government buildings, and deepfakes in election ads.

DENVER — A new round of laws will take effect in July in Colorado after bills were passed by the state legislature in the 2024 regular session.

Here are some of the laws passed by the Colorado General Assembly and signed by Gov. Jared Polis that take effect on July 1:

Residential Occupancy Limits

HB24-1007 — The bill prohibits local governments from limiting the number of people who can live under one roof. Previously, local governments were allowed to set occupancy limits for people who weren’t related to one another, no matter the size of the house.

There are a few exceptions in the new law. Local governments can enforce residential occupancy limits to follow fire code regulations and health and safety standards, or if the residence is part of an affordable housing program.

RELATED: Polis signs housing occupancy bill

Prohibiting Carrying Firearms in Sensitive Spaces 

SB24-131 — The bill prohibits a person from knowingly carrying a firearm, both openly and concealed, in state legislative buildings, local government buildings and courthouses and their adjacent parking areas.

Candidate Election Deepfake Disclosures 

HB24-1147 — The bill regulates the use of deepfakes produced using generative artificial intelligence in communications about candidates for elective office.

Job Application Fairness Act

SB23-058 — The act prohibits employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s age, date of birth, and dates of attendance at or date of graduation from an educational institution on an initial employment application. SB23-058 was passed during the 2023 Regular Session and became law on Aug. 7, 2023, but will be effective July 1, 2024.

More laws that go into effect Jan. 1 in Colorado:

  • SB24-189 — Gender-Related Bias-Motivated Crimes
  • HB24-1411 — Increase in Property Tax Exemption Filing Fees
  • HB24-1150 — False Slates of Electors
  • HB24-1081 — Regulate Sale Transfer Sodium Nitrite 
  • HB24-1044 — Additional PERA Service Retirees for Schools
  • HB24-1072 — Protection of Victims of Sexual Offenses
  • HB24-1417 — Fee Changes Health-Care Cash Funds
  • HB24-1030 — Railroad Safety Requirements
  • HB24-1449 — Environmental Sustainability Circular Economy
  • HB24-1360 — Colorado Disability Opportunity Office
  • HB24-1344 — Sunset Plumbing Board
  • SB24-209 — Pharmacy Practice Act
  • HB24-1443 — Public Trustee Fees
  • HB24-1056 — Issuance of Treasurer’s Deeds
  • HB24-1407 — Community Food Assistance Provider Grant Program
  • HB24-1441 — State Board of Nursing Size Fix 

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