July 18, 2019

HB 14-1033: Enacting the “Regulatory Reform Act of 2014”

On January 8, 2014, Rep. Libby Szabo and Sen. Lois Tochtrop introduced HB 14-1033 – Concerning State Agency Requirements for the Enforcement of New Regulatory Requirements on Small Businesses, and, in Connection Therewith, Enacting the “Regulatory Reform Act of 2014.” This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

This bill enacts the “Regulatory Reform Act of 2014”. The bill makes legislative declarations about the importance of businesses with 100 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 its enforcement by a state agency, and “minor violation” as any violation of a new rule by a business of 100 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. The bill provides exceptions from the definition of “minor violation” for certain types of rules.

For the first minor violation of a new rule by a business of 100 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. The bill is assigned to the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee.