2014 Colorado startup legislation

The Upstart is tracking bills in the Colorado General Assembly that affect the startup and technology sectors. We will report on bill progress in the statehouse and provide action alerts to the community on specific pieces of legislation that stand to impact us.

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small business

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IndexBill # + TitleBill SummaryCurrent Status
business lawHB14-1016 Procurement Technical AssistanceCreates a public-private partnership to provide technical assistance to help Colorado businesses land defense and other federal government contracts. Assigned to House Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development
business lawHB14-1033 Regulatory Reform Act Redefines "minor violation" and "new rule" and reduces a first violation of a new state regulation by a small business with fewer than 100 employees to a written warning rather than imposing a fine or other consequence. Assigned to House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
business lawHB14-1057 Colorado Fraud Investigator Surcharge Temporarily increases the surcharge from $3 to $4 on Uniform Commercial Code filings with the Colorado Secretary of State to fund the state Bureau of Investigation fraud unit. Assigned to House Judiciary + Finance
business lawHB14-1063 Use of Deadly Force at a Business Back for its third try at becoming law, the "Make My Day" bill provides immunity from criminal or civil prosecution for business owners, managers or employees who use deadly force against an intruder. Assigned to House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
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taxes, incentives and capital

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IndexBill # | TitleBill SummaryCurrent Status
business lawHB14-1001 Flood Damage Income Tax Credit Provides an income tax credit for taxpayers who own real or business property that was destroyed in a natural disaster. The bill would be retroactive to 2013 to assist small businesses impacted by the flood.Assigned to House Finance
startup clusterHB14-1011 Advanced Industries Economic Development Funding Directs the state treasurer to make earlier allocations to the Advanced Industries Export Acceleration Fund and allows the fund to keep unspent and unencumbered state appropriations for up to one additional fiscal year. Assigned to House Business, Labor, Economic & Workforce Development
startup clusterHB14-1012 Advanced Industries Tax Credits Repeals the Colorado innovation investment tax credit and replaces it with a tax credit up to $2 million per calendar year for qualified investors who make an equity investment in small businesses in advanced manufacturing, aerospace, bioscience, electronics, energy and natural resources, information technology or infrastructure engineering. Assigned to House Finance + Appropriations
startup clusterHB14-1014 Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit Amends the job growth incentive tax credit by extending the claim period to 96 months, lowers the wage match to 100% and redefines the documentation needed to prove the tax credit was a factor in launching the project in Colorado.Assigned to House Business, Labor, Economic & Workforce Development
startup clusterSB14-042 Term Limits on Business Tax Incentives Replaces a current state law which imposes a 10-year limit on incentive agreements to locate or expand businesses to a term to be decided by the county, city or local government negotiating the agreement. Assigned to Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
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craft food + drink

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IndexBill # + TitleBill SummaryCurrent Status
manufacturingHB14-1038 Craft Liquor Tasting RulesAllows licensed Colorado liquor manufacturers to conduct tastings and sell spirits of other state manufacturers. Killed by House Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development on 10-1 vote.
HB14-1058 Voluntary Non GMO Food LabelingDefines "genetically engineered" and allows food producers to use a non-GMO label if the food is certified to contain less than 1 percent of genetically engineered material. Assigned to House Health, Insurance & Environment
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jobs + benefits

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IndexBill # | TitleBill SummaryCurrent Status
startup clusterHB14-1013 Advanced Industries Workforce DevelopmentAllows the state Office of Economic Development to reimburse a business in the advanced industry sector for one-half of its expenses, up to $5,000, for each qualifying internship or apprenticeship.Assigned to House Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development
business lawHB14-1015 Transitional Job Program Extends the ReHire Colorado program thru 2016 and provide wage subsidy incentives for businesses to train unemployed and underemployed adults. Passed House Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development on a 6-5 vote; Referred to House Appropriations
business lawHB14-1075 Deferral of Unemployment BenefitsReduces the amount of time before a person can re-apply for unemployment benefits after initially accepting a new job to the amount of time on the job before the second separation. Assigned to House Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development
business lawSB14-1014 Wage Protection Act Revises the process by which a worker can sue for withheld wages against an employer. Passed Senate Judiciary on a 3-2 vote; Referred to Senate Finance
business lawSB14-050 Out of State Individual Health Insurance Plans Allows certain insurance companies to sell health benefit plans approved in other states that may not include all coverage mandated by Colorado law. Killed in Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs on a 3-2 vote.
business lawSB14-057 Enhanced Unemployment BenefitsExtends enhanced unemployment benefit funding thru June 30, 2017 for individuals enrolled in approved workforce training programs.Assigned to Senate Business, Labor, & Technology
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Individual bill details with sponsor contact info, social media accounts and campaign finance reports coming soon!

The The Upstart Index signifies whether the bill focuses on at least one of the 10 policy proposals necessary for advancing American business competitive and/or innovation capacity, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Economic Council.

Increase broadband accessReform business lawExpand manufacturing baseIncrease open data accessProvide R&D incentives
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Fund scientific researchStrengthen startup clustersImprove STEM educationSpeed technology transferPromote trade access
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COMING SOON! The Upstart η Score is a proprietary ranking that computes the sponsors’ political power efficiency, or Eta Value, to move a bill through the legislative process from introduction to enacting it into law. Find out who’s getting things done at the Capitol.