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We monitor state-level issues and legislation on behalf of our members and engage if we believe there may be positive or negative impacts to our industry in Colorado as a result. Those issues we think our members would be interested in are listed below.

Colorado Legislation

  • This bill puts in place a multi-year plan to develop and implement a program that will award college credit for work-related experience including self-employment, internships and apprenticeships. By 2022, the process for the program must be created, and beginning with the 2023-24 academic year, the program must be implemented.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest – Supportive

  • This bill declares that new technologies, such as blockchain, telemetry, improved sensors, and advanced aerial observation platforms, can improve monitoring, management, conservation, and trading of water and enhance confidence in the reliability of data underlying water rights transactions. To advance the potential use of these new technologies, the bill authorizes and directs the university of Colorado, in collaboration with the Colorado water institute at Colorado state university, to conduct feasibility studies and pilot deployments of these new technologies to improve water management in Colorado.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest – Supportive

  • This bill formally requires that the Broadband Deployment Board, which awards grants for the provision of broadband service in underserved areas, give weight to determinations by local entities that a certain area is “underserved”. Applicants for these grants are required to demonstrate that an area is truly underserved before receiving funding. This bill would give more weight to local determinations concerning the areas most deserving of grants, but still vests the ultimate determination with the state Board. Upon a vote of 2/3rds of Board members, local determinations could be rejected or overturned.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest – Watching

  • This bill would require original equipment manufacturers to provide documentation, parts, embedded software (including updates), and tools necessary to repair any “digital electronic equipment” sold in Colorado. The definition of “digital electronic equipment” includes any product that, “for its functionality, depends in whole or in part on digital electronics.” Rather that imposing a positive requirement, the bill codifies the failure to provide parts or tools as an “unfair or deceptive trade practice” under Colorado law. This codification would empower the Attorney General to bring a claim against any company found to be in violation of the law.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest – Watching

  • This bill creates a “development and advisory group” to oversee the statewide development and funding of early college programs and p-tech schools. The bill specifies the membership of the board, and imposes other requirements and mandates on the group, such as issuing an annual report.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest – Watching

  • This bill creates a temporary income tax credit for employers of $1,000 per employee that is allowed to telecommute for at least 2/3rds of the time they are expected to work. This legislation applies to any entity that does business in Colorado, and applies to income taxes levied by the state.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest -Watching

  • This bill creates a framework for allowing carpooling applications to operate in Colorado. Unlike “ride-sharing” services, carpooling applications allows individual riders to find potential passengers, and helps riders find potential drivers. In addition to creating a legal framework for carpooling services to operate, the bill also caps prices (at the federal level for mileage reimbursement rates per mile travelled), and also limits the number of passengers and trips during a day that a user can participate in.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest – Watching

  • The bill extends the repeal date of the innovative industries workforce development
    program in the Department of Labor and Employment until July 1, 2025. The program is cooperatively administered by the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and the Division of Employment and Training. Employers with high-level internships and apprenticeships in an innovative industry may be reimbursed for up to $5,000 in expenses per intern. An employer may be reimbursed for no more than 10 interns, and at least half of the reimbursement must be used to pay the interns.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest – Supportive

  • A request for proposals (RFP) is one of many types of competitive solicitation methods that a state agency is authorized to use pursuant to the state “Procurement Code” (Code). Legislation enacted by the general assembly often directs a state agency to issue an RFP for a project rather than generally requiring the state agency to use a method of competitive solicitation authorized by the Code. The bill specifies that when a law requires a state agency to issue an RFP pursuant to the Code, the law will be construed to require a competitive solicitation pursuant to the Code, as deemed most appropriate and efficient for the project by the state agency, rather than only an RFP.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest – Watching

  • This bill creates a regulatory framework to govern the use of “mobile carrying devices” or “personal delivery devices” used to transport cargo. This bill only regulates smaller robotic delivery vehicles like the Starship Technologies robot, and does not apply to larger autonomous vehicles that could be used to transport passengers or cargo. This bill sets up a regulatory framework to allow companies to operate robotic devices for cargo delivery as long as they comply with certain requirements. These include compliance with relevant pedestrian and traffic laws, certain safety requirements including a maximum speed limit and use of braking systems, and maintenance of insurance coverage for potential property damage. The bill allows for local regulations that impose additional requirements, as long as those requirements aren’t inconsistent with the State’s approach.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest – Watching

  • This bill creates a framework for registered notaries in Colorado to notarize documents through a digital/remote system. This bill follows similar legislation in 22 other states.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest – Watching

  • Currently, electric utility cooperative associations that have easements on real property are allowed to install or allow commercial broadband suppliers to install facilities on real property under the same easement agreement. This legislation extends this privilege to transmission and generation cooperatives that have similar easements on real property.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest – Watching

  • This bill will allow local schools that offer P-tech programs to apply for federal funding to reimburse tuition, fees, books, and materials necessary to enroll students in postsecondary courses.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest – Supportive

  • The bill allows the chief information officer of the office of information technology to hire information technology product managers, designers, engineers, and other staff to support the delivery of citizen-facing digital services and other information technology projects across state government.

    Bill Text

    CTA Interest – Watching

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Tech Day at the Colorado Capitol

Tech Day at the Capitol is an event for tech companies in Colorado to represent the state’s tech industry and connect with policy makers to educate and inform them on your company or organization and the role you play in the overall Colorado tech ecosystem. Attendees receive the latest updates and have the opportunity to showcase their company and technology to our state leaders.