This Week In Tech Policy
Action Taken on Legislation in the 2019 Legislative Session
- Since last week, the Colorado General Assembly has introduced new bills and 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.
- New Bills
SB 171: Apprenticeships and Vocational Technical Training
The bill requires the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to create the Colorado state apprenticeship resource directory. The department is required to collect detailed information on each apprenticeship program in the state, including the application process, requirements for enrollment, costs, and program outcomes.
- SB 176: Expanding Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities
- The bill clarifies the differences between concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment programs, and other programs that enable a student to earn postsecondary credits while the student is enrolled in high school. Beginning in the 2020 local education providers that enrolls students in grades 9 through 12 are required to provide the opportunity for concurrent enrollment and cannot unreasonably deny approval for concurrent enrollment or limit the number of postsecondary courses in which a qualified student may enroll unless the local education provider is unable to provide access due to technological capacity. The bill also a grant program to provide grants to local education providers to use in starting to offer concurrent enrollment or expanding the availability of concurrent enrollment.
- SB 184: Authority Colorado Water Institute Study Blockchain Technology
- The bill directs the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University to study the potential uses of blockchain technology to manage a database of water rights, to facilitate the establishment or operation of water markets or water banks, and for any other useful purpose in the administration of the institute's powers and duties, and
- report the results to the general assembly.
- Recent Action
- HB 1008: Include Career and Technical Education in Building Excellent Schools Today Program
Sent to the Governor on 2/28
- HB 1167: Remote Notaries Protect Privacy
Passed out of the House Finance Committee on 3/4
- SB 78: Open Internet Customer Protections In Colorado
Passed out of the Senate on 3/6
- Gardner, Coons Introduce Cyber Deterrence and Response Act
Senator Cory Gardner recently introduced the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act. This legislation establishes a framework to deter and respond to state-sponsored malicious cyber activity against the United States. The bipartisan bill also requires the administration to impose sanctions against all entities and persons responsible or complicit in malicious cyber activities aimed against the United States.
- Fort Collins expected to approve e-scooters with rules to avoid problems
The Fort Collins City Council is expected to give final approval to a plan to allow electric scooters on city streets and sidewalks on Tuesday night. However, the city is trying to put controls in place before the popular two-wheelers are launched to avoid the problems Denver encountered. The scooters appeared in Denver before the city had any rules to control them. Fort Collins plans to have the regulations in place before the scooters even hit the streets.
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