July 17, 2019

HB 13-1019: Enactment of the “Regulatory Reform Act of 2013” to Facilitate Compliance with New Rules by Small Businesses

On January 9, 2013, Rep. Libby Szabo and Sen. Lois Tochtrop introduced HB 13-1019 – Concerning State Agency Requirements for the Enforcement of New Regulatory Requirements on Small Businesses, and, in Connection Therewith, Enacting the “Regulatory Reform Act of 2013.” This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

This bill enacts the “Regulatory Reform Act of 2013.” The bill makes legislative declarations about the importance of businesses with 500 or fewer employees to the Colorado economy and the difficulty these types of businesses have in complying with new administrative rules that are not known or understood by these businesses. The bill defines “new rule” as any regulatory requirement in existence for less than one year prior to an audit or review by a state agency, and “minor violation” as any violation of a new rule by a business of 500 or fewer employees where the violation is minor in nature, involving record-keeping and issues that do not affect the life safety of the public or workers.

For the first minor violation of a new rule by a business of 500 or fewer employees, the bill requires a state agency to issue a written warning and engage the business in educational outreach as to the methods of complying with the new rule. The bill requires state agencies to make information on new rules available and allows this information to be made available in electronic form. Assigned to the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Appropriations Committee.

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