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The following are 2012 Colorado General Assembly bills affecting the startup and technology sectors. Tekhne is tracking these state bills and will report on their progress over the course of the regular legislative session which ends May 9, 2012. A special session was called by Gov. John Hickenlooper to conclude remaining business to begin May 14.

Special session bills in process
Tekhne indexBill #Bill titleSponsor(s)Bill summaryCurrent status
business lawSB12S-003 (was SB12-182 in regular session)Create Benefit CorporationsSenate: Bacon-D; Mitchell-R House: Massey-REnacts the "Invest in Colorado Act", and authorizes the creation of benefit corporations. A benefit corporation must have, as one of its purposes specified in its articles of incorporation, the goal of creating general public benefit. More info.Passed Senate Judiciary on 4-3 vote. Passed Senate Appropriations on 5-3 vote. Passed Senate. Killed by House.
business lawHB12S-1007Concerning Benefit CorporationsHouse: Levy-D Senate: Roberts-RPermits a corporation to declare itself to be a benefit corporation if it includes a statement to that effect in its articles of incorporation and also specifies in its articles of incorporation an additional purpose of providing a general or specific public benefit. More info.Killed by House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs on 7-2 vote.
Bill that died during late session filibuster
Tekhne indexBill #Bill titleSponsor(s)Bill summaryCurrent status
business lawHB12-1002 The CLEAR Act & Application Permit Rules House: Sonnenberg-R Senate: Jahn-DAmends current law to require state agencies to adhere to rules in effect on the date a new or renewed permit is submitted or grandfather them under current law while a pending rule change is under consideration, unless there are compelling health and/or safety issues. More info.House Conference committee agrees to Senate amendments. Senate re-passes bill.
HB12-1309Colorado Mandatory E-Verify ActHouse: Swalm-R, Looper-R Senate: King K-RRequires all Colorado employers to use the federal electronic verification program to screen the immigration status of new employees. Non-compliant employers could be subjected to civil fines of up to $25,000 and a loss of business license for 6 months. More info.Moves to House for 2nd reading/voice vote. Died during House GOP filibuster of civil unions bill.
business lawSB12-005Business Retention and Expansion Program Senate: Newell-D House: Massey-R Requires the state Office of Economic Development to develop and administer a program to retain and expand current state-based businesses as part of the Colorado Blueprint Plan. More info.Moves to House for 2nd reading/voice vote. Died during House GOP filibuster of civil unions bill.
broadbandSB12-129Rural Broadband Jobs Act Senate: Schwartz-D House: Coram-RDefines "broadband" and directs state agencies to recommend a strategy to increase service to underserved rural broadband markets. More info.Moves to House for 2nd reading/voice vote. Died during House GOP filibuster of civil unions bill.
business lawSB12-182 (renamed SB12S-003)Create Benefit CorporationsSenate: Bacon-D; Mitchell-R House: Massey-REnacts the "Invest in Colorado Act", and authorizes the creation of benefit corporations. A benefit corporation must have, as one of its purposes specified in its articles of incorporation, the goal of creating general public benefit. More info.Moves to House Appropriations. Died during House GOP filibuster of civil unions bill. Re-introduced as SB12S-003 in Senate during special session. Moves to Senate Judiciary.
Bills killed
Tekhne indexBill #Bill titleSponsor(s)Bill summaryStatus
business lawHB12-1007Regulatory Analysis Requirement For Rules House: Szabo-R Senate: Grantham-RAmends current law to require state agencies to conduct an analysis for every proposed rule instead of only those requested. The report must also include information on the rule's potential effect on jobs. More info.Killed by Senate Local Government on 3-2 vote.
HB12-1025Regulatory Info NavigatorHouse: Tyler-D Senate: NoneEstablishes a single point of contact to help the public find information on local, state and/or federal rules and regulations. Killed by House State, Military and Veterans on a 7-5 party line vote.
business lawHB12-1027Sale of Nonpotentially Hazardous Foods From Home Kitchen House: Bradford-R Senate: Spence-RAllows a person to produce and sell certain kinds if homemade food (no dairy, no meat products) at farmers' markets and roadside stands. More info. See also: SB12-048.Killed by Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy on 4-3 vote.
tech transferHB12-1044Startup Technology Transfer Program House: Ferrandino-D, Young-D Senate: NoneEstablishes a program to provide grants of up to $750,000 to accelerate commercialization of technology research and discoveries. More infoKilled by House Appropriations 7-6 on party line vote.
HB12-1088Use of Deadly Force at Business House: Holbert-R, Becker-R
Senate: Grantham-R
Extends the right to use deadly force against intruders in a dwelling or place of business by an owner, manager or employee. More info.Killed by Senate. State, Military and Veterans on 3-2 vote.
HB12-1112Economic Impact Rating System House: Ryden-D Senate: NoneCreates an advisory board to manage an online economic impact rating system to evaluate vendors of state contract proposals. More info.Killed by State, Military and Veterans.
HB12-1113State Contract Preferences House: Lee-D Senate: NoneQuantifies factors to evaluate vendor proposals with preferences for companies that employ Colorado residents and/or provide health insurance/retirement benefits and/or hire from federal apprenticeship programs. More info. See also SB12-001. Killed by State, Military and Veterans on 5-4 vote.
HB12-1115Business Fiscal Impact House: Liston-R Senate: Jahn-DDesignates a 5-day period by which businesses can submit a fiscal impact note on pending legislation. More info. See also SB12-080. Killed by Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs on 3-2 vote.
startup clusterHB12-1129Small Business Development Center Funding House: Tyler-D Senate: Jahn-DContinuation of sunset provision through 2014 that requires the state to allocate up to $300,000 annually to provide federal matching funds for the SBDC. More info.Killed by House Appropriations 7-6 on party line vote.
business lawHB12-1132Creative District Tax IncentivesHouse: Miklosi-D Senate: Williams-DProvides a 50% income tax credit and reduces state sales tax on creative works produced within a designated creative district. Killed by House Finance on a 11-2 vote.
startup clusterHB12-1133Economic Gardening Pilot House: Lee-D, Hullinghorst-D Senate: NoneEstablish a demonstration project through the state Economic Development Office to provide administrative and technical assistance to Colorado-based startups and growth stage companies. Killed by Economic and Business Development on a 7-5 party line vote.
HB12-1134Prohibit Discrimination Against the Unemployed House: Pabon-D Senate: NoneCreates civil penalties for employers who advertise jobs that require applicants to state current employment status. Killed by Economic and Business Development on a 7-5 party line vote.
startup clusterHB12-1154Regional Economic Development Partnerships House: Coram-R, Hamner-D
Senate: Jahn-D, White-R
Creates regional economic development councils to plan and implement cross-promotional activities within the state's current 14 economic development regions. More info.Killed by House Appropriations 7-6 on party line vote.
HB12-1175Colorado-specific Solutions House: Cadman-R Senate: Stephens-RRequires state agencies to identify opportunities for opt-out waivers from complying with new federal laws, rules or regulations. More info.Killed by Senate Health and Human Services on a 5-3 vote.
tech transferHB12-1219CU Medical Discoveries Fund House: Miklosi-D Senate: Williams-DEstablishes a $10 million fund to support the costs of clinical trials, regulatory approvals and product sales from research conducted at the Health Sciences Center at the University of Colorado. More info.Killed by State, Military and Veterans on a 5-4 party line vote.
startup clusterHB12-1251Reform the Urban and Rural Enterprise Zones House: Hullinghorst-D, Ferrandino-D Senate: Heath-DAmends current law to restate limits on qualified investment tax credits and requires greater transparency of claimed tax credits. More infoKilled by Finance 7-6 on a party line vote.
startup clusterHB12-1260Cap Tax Credit in Enterprise Zones House: Labuda-D Senate: NoneLimits the allowable tax credit for qualified investments made in enterprise zones. Killed by House Finance 8-5.
HB12-1265State Investments in Colorado BusinessesHouse: Pace-D Senate: Giron-DDirects the Colorado Treasurer to invest $25 million in domestic fixed income securities to raise capital for companies incorporated or headquartered Colorado. Killed by House Finance on a 7-6 party line vote.
startup clusterHB12-1272Enhanced Unemployment Benefits for Job and Entrepreneurial TrainingHouse: Duran-D, Ramirez-R Senate: NoneAuthorizes the state Dept. of Employment and Labor to pay up to $8 million for unemployed claimants enrolled in approved job training programs, including apprenticeships and entrepreneurial programs. More info.Killed by House Appropriations on a 8-5 vote.
startup clusterHB12-1284Interim Committee to Study Small Business Finance House: Wilson-D Senate: Heath-DEstablishes committee to investigate access to capital issues and make legislative recommendations. Killed by House Economic Development and Business on a 7-5 party line vote.
SB12-001Hiring Coloradans First Act Senate: Hudak-D House: Duran-D, Ryden-DQuantifies factors to evaluate vendor proposals with preferences for companies that employ Colorado residents and/or provide health insurance/retirement benefits and/or hire from federal apprenticeship programs. More info. See also HB12-1113. Killed by House State, Veterans and Military Affairs.
SB12-003Use of Consumer Credit Information by Employers Senate: Carroll-D House: Fischer-DProhibits employers from using unrelated consumer credit data for employment decisions, requires employers to disclose the use and source of allowable consumer credit data and creates a civil penalty for violation. More info.Killed by House Local Government on a 6-5 party line vote.
SB12-053Repeal Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act Senate: Neville-R House: Looper-RRepeals current state law governing the state health insurance exchange if the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed by Congress, a Constitutional Convention or any part is deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Killed by Health and Human Services on a 8-0 vote.
startup clusterSB12-058Venture Capital Advisory Board Senate: Heath-D House: Ryden-D Creates a state advisory board to report on venture capital investment activity. More info.Killed by House Economic Development and Business on party line 7-6 vote
SB12-080Fiscal Impact on BusinessSenate: Mitchell-R House: NoneDesignates a 5-day period by which businesses can submit a fiscal impact note on pending legislation. See also HB12-1115.Killed by State, Military and Veterans on party line 3-2 vote.
SB12-143Local Business Database Senate: Carroll-D House: Pabon-DDirects the Office of Economic Development to create a publicly accessible database of certified local businesses. More info.Killed by House State, Veterans and Military Affairs on a 5-4 party line vote.
SB12-144Grow Key Industries Senate: Heath-D, Scheffel-R House: Summers-R, Ryden-DDirects the Office of Economic Development to develop and implement a 3-year plan to grow sectors critical to the state economy. More info.Killed by House Appropriations on 7-6 party line vote.
Non-binding resolutions
Tekhne indexBill #Bill titeSponsor(s)Bill summaryCurrent status
HR12-1003Repeal Federal Health Care Law House: Balmer-R Senate: NoneNon-binding House resolution for a Constitutional Convention to repeal the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.House action only. Goes no further.
business lawSJR12-008Joint Resolution on Denver Patent OfficeSenate: Shaffer-D, Cadman-R
House: Kagan-D,
Summers-R
Voices the Colorado General Assembly's support for locating a U.S. Patent Office in Denver. Passed House and Senate unanimously. Governor may sign if he chooses but he's not obligated.
Bills headed to the governor
Tekhne IndexBill #Bill titleSponsor(s)Bill summarySigned/vetoed
HB12-1055Rename the Registration DeptHouse: Schafer-D Senate: White-RAmends the name of the Colorado Division of Registrations to the Division of Professions and Occupations. More info.Signed by the governor 3/22. Goes into effect 8/8/2012.
STEM educationHB12-1061Skills for Jobs Act House: Kagan-D Senate: Newell-DRequires the Dept. of Higher Education to produce annual report that analyzes degree/certificate production and workforce gaps. More info.Signed by the governor 4/2. Goes into effect 8/8/2012.
HB12-1071Portable Electronics InsuranceHouse: Liston-R Senate: Jahn-DRegulates the sale of insurance and consumer protections for portable electronics. More info.Signed by the governor 3/19. Goes into effect 1/1/2013.
business lawHB12-1127Eliminate Unemployment Insurance Premium Rate Increase on New Businesses House: Liston-R Senate: Williams S-DAmends 2011 law that requires a rate increase once solvency is achieved in the unemployment insurance fund. More info.Signed by the governor 3/19. Goes into effect immediately.
business lawSB12-035Limited Liability for Spaceflights Senate: Hodge-D House: Gardner-RRequires participants of spaceflights to sign a limited liability waiver for injury unless said injury is intentionally or proximately caused by the gross negligence of the spaceflight entity. More info.Signed by the governor 4/19. Goes into effect 8/8/2013.
business lawSB12-048Locally Produced Food Senate: Schwartz-D
House: Coram-R
Creates the "Colorado Cottage Food Act" to exempt small, home-based producers from retail food licensing requirements and requires producers to be certified in safe food handling and processing. More info. See also HB12-1027. Signed by the governor 3/15. Goes into effect immediately.
business lawSB12-094State Sales Tax on Food Senate: Hodge-D House: Szabo-RAmends definition of non-taxable foods to include those marketed as "convenience" or "prepared" foods. More info.Signed by the governor 3/9. Goes into effect 8/8/2012.
SB12-133Diverting Electronics from Landfills Senate: Schwartz-D House: NoneProhibits the disposal of certain consumer electronics in landfills. Arranges for items to be recycled. More info.Signed by the governor 4/20. Goes into effect 8/8/2012.
The Tekhne 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
broadbandbusiness lawmanufacturingopendata=research-and-development

The Tekhne 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.