Hospitality News January 17, 2018

January 17, 2018


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As we’ve told you, the 2018 Legislative Session began last week and the CRA expects there to be a lot of legislation on alcohol issues in Colorado. With this being the last legislative session before major provisions of Senate Bill 16-197 go into effect (allowing full strength beer to be sold in all grocery and convenience stores on January 1, 2019) many groups in the liquor industry will be trying to pass legislation to make changes. Most of the legislation that we are aware of will not have an impact on the restaurant industry, but we are already monitoring a few bills to make sure there are no unintended impacts on our industry. In addition to the issues of family medical leave, taxes, food code and transportation, we’ve seen the following issues as well.


Transfer of alcohol upon closing:

We are moving forward with our legislation to allow the sale of alcohol to another liquor licensed establishment on the closing of a liquor license. This legislation would allow a liquor licensee, with multiple on-premise liquor licenses, to sell their remaining alcohol to another of their licenses when they surrender a liquor license. We have secured sponsors in the House of Representatives and the Senate.


ADA right to cure:

We are working with the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association on legislation to create a “right to cure” in Colorado law for disabled accommodation violations. This is similar to legislation recently passed in Arizona, ran by the Arizona Restaurant Association. This bill is important because if the federal right to cure gets through Congress, there would still be no right to cure under Colorado law. Even though current lawsuits are being filed in federal court, which will not be affected by this legislation, we feel it is important to take the time to establish this “right to cure” in state law.

As always, if you have any questions about our legislative efforts on your behalf, do not hesitate to reach out. Contact Nick Hoover for clarification on any of these issues.



The CRA has been receiving a lot of media attention surrounding the latest increase in the minimum wage. The annual increase in minimum wage was a hot topic for many media outlets as they looked to the anniversary of passing Amendment 70 last year. We’ve had interviews with CBS Channel 4, KDVR, CPR Colorado Matters which then got picked up by NPR, the Pueblo Chieftan, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Westword, and Denver Post which was also picked up by their feeder cities.

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January 17: Steamboat Springs Chapter Meeting

January 17: Pueblo Chapter Meeting

January 18: Pikes Peak Chapter Meeting

January 27: Bourbon and Bacon

January 28: Drink Red Wear Red with the Mile High Chapter



January 22: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Denver - SOLD OUT

January 23: ServSafe Alcohol Certification – Denver

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