• This Week in Tech Policy

    Action Taken on Tech-Related Legislation in the 2019 Legislative Session

    • Since last week, the Colorado General Assembly has taken action on previously introduced tech-related legislation 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.

    Recent Action

    • 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.
    • The bill was heard in the Senate Finance Committee this week and passed unanimously. It will next be heard on the Senate floor.
    • 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.
    • The bill was heard in the Senate Finance Committee this week and passed unanimously. It will next be heard on the Senate floor.

    Gov. Polis Issues Executive Order on Electric Vehicles

    • Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order last Thursday that is intended to speed up the transition from gas-powered to electric vehicles on Colorado roads, partly via use of state funds and partly by creating governmental organization around the issue that has not existed before.

    FCC Reopens Device Approval System Amid Shutdown

    • The Federal Communications Commission is reopening its hardware certification program amid the partial government shutdown, averting a potential delay in releasing new phones and other electronics. The FCC said that it was reactivating the Equipment Authorization System, reversing a decision announced on January 2nd. Several other FCC services will remain unavailable, and the FCC isn’t offering support staff for the system until after the shutdown ends.

    DHS Releases Emergency Order to Prevent DNS Hijacking

    • The Department of Homeland Security has issued a rare emergency directive ordering federal civilian agencies to secure the login credentials for their internet domain records. DHS issued the order out of concern that federal agencies could be vulnerable to cyberattacks intended to gain access to the platforms used to manage domain name system (DNS) records.