CRA Legislative Update - 2019

February 11, 2019

The Legislative Update is a quick explanation of bills we are actively following in the Colorado State Legislature. CRA updates this list as new bills are introduced or as the status of the listed bills changes. 

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Retail Food Establishments Civil Penalties                         
CRA initiated bill - Supports
House Bill 1014 by Rep Singer (D-Boulder) and Rep Bird (D–Westminster)which makes changes to civil penalties for retail food establishments outside of Denver and changes to when a local health department needs to conduct a reinspection. This bill will allow local health departments to focus their resources on the businesses that need the most help, while giving restaurants who consistently meet health code standards relief from timely and often unneeded reinspections. This bill has passed out of the House of Representatives and will now be heard by the Senate.

Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act Changes                                
CRA initiated bill - Supports
House Bill 1076 by Rep Michaelson Jenet (D-Aurora) and Rep Larson (R–Littleton) makes changes to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act to ban vaping/e-cigarettes indoors where smoking is banned. Currently, you cannot smoke within 15 feet of the main entrance to a building. This bill would extend that to 25 feet. The bill makes no changes to patios. This bill will be heard in the House Health & Insurance Committee.

Straws on Request
CRA initiated bill - Supports
House Bill 1143
by Rep Lontine (D-Aurora) would require that restaurants and bars only provide a straw to a customer when it is requested by the customer. There is no requirement to use a specific type of straw so restaurants and bars would still be able to use the straws that they are currently using and there are specific exemptions that include delivery and drive-thru. This legislation is an attempt to get ahead of attempts to ban the use of straws in the state. This bill will be heard in the House Energy & Environment Committee.


Retail Food Packaging                                                                  
CRA Neutral
Senate Bill 34 by Senator Moreno (D-Commerce City) and Rep Melton (D-Aurora) would create a statewide standard for what types of food packaging could be considered compostable and recyclable and then allows local governments to require the use of those products in retail food establishments. The CRA is currently working with the sponsor on amendments that would get the CRA to stay neutral. This bill will be heard in the Senate Local Government Committee.

Right to Rest                                                                                     
CRA Opposed
House Bill 1096 by Rep Melton (D-Aurora) creates the “Colorado Right to Rest Act” which establishes basic rights for persons experiencing homelessness, including the right to use and move freely in public spaces, to rest in public spaces, to eat or accept food in public places and to have a reasonable expectation of privacy of one’s property. This bill will be heard in the House Transportation & Local Government Committee.

Equal Pay for Equal Work Act
CRA Opposed
Senate Bill 85 by Sen Danielson (D-Lakewood) and Sen Pettersen (D-Lakewood) removes the current administrative process for claims of wage discrimination based on sex and allows for employees to bring a civil court action. The bill also prohibits an employer from asking a candidate for wage history, requires employers to post all job openings to all employees with detailed information about benefits and pay range before promoting or hiring an employee, and allows for an employer to be fined between $500 and $10,000 for a single violation. This bill will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Local Government Regulate Tobacco Sales
CRA Opposed
House Bill 10-1033 by Rep Kerry Tipper (D-Lakewood) and Rep Chris Kennedy (D-Lakewood) if approved by a vote of the people within a county or municipality, a special sales tax can be imposed on products containing Nicotine. Additionally, this legislation would allow a local government to set more strict regulations on tobacco products in their jurisdiction like prohibiting sale to people under 21. Such legislation will cause confusion for customers and retailers with multiple locations. This bill passed out of the Health & Insurance Committee and will ow be heard by the entire House of Representatives.

Manufacturing license ML and FMB
CRA Neutral - This Bill became Law
Senate Bill 11 by Sen Tate (R-Centennial) and Sen Williams (D-Denver) removed the requirement that beer manufacturers need to have two different licenses and facilities in order to produce Fermented Malt Beverage (full strength beer in grocery and convenience stores) and Malt Liquor (full strength beer in liquor stores and restaurants). This legislation was signed into law by the Governor.


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