This Week in Tech Policy
Jared Polis Sworn in as Colorado’s Next Governor
On Tuesday Jared Polis was sworn in as Colorado’s Governor. He will lay out his legislative agenda in detail during the State of the State address Thursday, but he did provide a glimpse of what is to come following the inauguration yesterday.
First Slate of Bills of the 2019 Legislative Session Introduced
Since the Colorado General Assembly gaveled into session last Friday, 129 bills have been introduced. Among them are several that may have an impact on tech including the bills listed below. Throughout the legislative session you can see what bills CTA is monitoring through our CTA Legislative Tracker in the Member Only Content area accessed through your member portal.
HB19-1008 - Include Career and Technical Education in Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Program
The Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program provides grants to school districts and charter schools for repairs and new construction. The money comes from marijuana tax revenue and state land proceeds. This bill would allow these grant funds to also be used to retrofit classrooms for career and technical education.
HB19-1053 - Computer Science Courses Offered in Schools
The bill requires a school district, charter school, or board of cooperative services that operates a secondary school to annually report to CDE the computer science courses offered in the school and additional information regarding those courses. The department will also report information concerning the number and percentage of students taking computer science courses, with data disaggregated by student group, as well as information concerning the number and qualifications of computer science instructors. The department will annually post the information online for public access and prohibits the posting online of any personally identifying information relating to students.
SB19-006 - Electronic Sales and Use Tax Simplification System
The bill requires the Department of Revenue to conduct a sourcing method in accordance with the applicable provisions of the procurement code, and any applicable rules, for the development of an electronic sales and use tax simplification system.
SB19-020 - Wildland Fire Airspace Patrol System
The bill requires the center of excellence for advanced technology aerial firefighting to study and implement a system to patrol the airspace above a wildland fire.
SB19-023 - Cryptocurrency Exemption Colorado Digital Token Act
The bill provides limited exemptions from the securities registration and securities broker-dealer and salesperson licensing requirements for persons dealing in digital tokens. Digital token is defined as a digital unit with specified characteristics, secured through a decentralized ledger or database, exchangeable for goods or services, and capable of being traded or transferred between persons without an intermediary or custodian of value.
Denver City Council Tweaks Electric Scooter Rules
The Denver City Council voted Monday for new rules that treat people on scooters like people on bikes.
People on scooters can use any street with a speed limit of 30 mph or less
People on scooters can use bike lanes
People on scooters can use the sidewalk, but only if the street’s speed limit exceeds 30, and if no bike lane is available. Riders must go no faster than 6 mph and yield to people walking