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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 passed out of the House of Representatives and will now be heard in the Senate.
Tip Sharing Signage
CRA initiated bill - Supports
Bill 1254 by Rep McLachlan (D-Durango) and Rep Van Winkle (R-Highlands Ranch) would makes changes to the required sign that must be posted by a restaurant if they choose to share tips with non-regularly tipped employees. If passed, a restaurant would be able to provide a notification on a menu, receipt, or table tent, describing how the business shares tips with all employees. There is no required language so the business would get to choose how they want to express this to their guests. This bill has passed out of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. It will now go to the Governor for his signature or veto.
Local Minimum Wage
House Bill 1210 by Rep Melton (D-Aurora) and Rep Galindo (D-Greeley) would allow any county or municipality the ability to set their own minimum wage for workers performing work in that county or municipality’s jurisdiction. Additionally, the bill would allow the county or municipality to establish
Equal Pay for Equal Work Act
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 has passed out of the Senate with many amendments and will now be heard in the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee.
Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act
Senate Bill 188 by Senator Williams (D-Denver) and Winter (D-Northglenn) would create a state mandated Family and Medical Leave Insurance program in the State of Colorado. This program will provide partial wage replacement for all employees if they need to take family and medical leave. This program will be funded by every single employee and employer in the state (60% employee/40% employer). Employers will be held responsible to make sure that the correct amount of money is deducted out of every employee’s paycheck, remitted to the state, and that the employer match it. Additionally, this bill will require any employer, with one employee or more, to allow an employee to take up to 16 weeks of family and medical leave and allow them to return to their job at the end. This bill expands the definition of a family members beyond FMLA. This bill passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and will now be heard by the entire Senate.
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
Manufacturing license ML and FMB
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
Local Government Regulate Tobacco Sales
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 Senate and the House of Representatives. This bill was signed into law by the Governor.
Straws on Request
CRA Initiated Bill - Supports
House Bill 1143 by Rep Lontine (D-Aurora) would have required restaurants and bars only provide
Right to Rest
House Bill 1096 by Rep Melton (D-Aurora) would have created the “Colorado Right to Rest Act” establishing 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 was postponed indefinitely in the House Transportation & Local Government Committee.
Sales Tax Simplification
Senate Bill 131 by Senator Woodward (R-Loveland) would have exempted any business that does less than $100,000 worth of delivery outside of their sales tax jurisdiction from the new sales tax rules. Rules passed in December of 2018 require that when a business delivers goods or services, the business must charge the sales tax for the location of the delivery instead of the location of the business. This bill would have exempted most small businesses from this burdensome rule. This bill was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Finance Committee.
Retail Food Packaging
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 was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Local Government Committee.