This Week In Tech Policy
Action Taken on Legislation in the 2019 Legislative Session
- Since last week, the Colorado General Assembly has introduced new 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
HB 1234: Regulated Marijuana Delivery
The bill creates marijuana delivery permits for licensed medical marijuana centers and transporters and licensed retail marijuana stores and transporters that allow the centers, stores, and transporters to deliver medical marijuana, medical marijuana-infused products, retail marijuana, and retail marijuana products to customers. The bill gives the state licensing authority rule-making authority over the permit and delivery system. This allows providers with online platforms to expand into the Colorado market.
- HB 1240: Sales and Use Tax Administration
- The bill establishes economic nexus for retailers without physical presence in the state, codifies the destination sourcing rule with a specified exception, requires marketplace facilitators to collect and remit sales tax for sales made by marketplace sellers on the marketplace facilitator's marketplace, and repeals obsolete statutory references to remote sellers.
- HB 1221: Regulation of Electric Scooters
- The bill excludes electric scooters from the definition of "toy vehicle" and includes electric scooters in the definition of "motor vehicle", thus authorizing the use of electric scooters on roadways. The bill affords riders of electric scooters the same rights and duties that riders of electrical assisted bicycles have under the laws of the state. It also authorizes a local government to regulate the operation of an electric scooter in the same way the local government may regulate an electrical assisted bicycle.
- Gardner, Bipartisan Group of Members Introduce Tech Legislation to Address Workforce Shortage
Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Jerry Moran (R-KS), along with Representatives Seth Moulton (MA-6) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), reintroduced the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act. The bipartisan legislation would provide industry intermediaries, like state tech associations, the ability to receive federal grants to develop apprenticeships within the technology sector. It also works to alleviate the skills gap that may slow the continued growth of the technology sector.
- Gardner, Peters Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Telehealth Services
Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) reintroduced the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, legislation that would expand access to healthcare in both rural and urban areas by paving the way for Medicare to cover additional telehealth services. Currently, Medicare covers limited telehealth services, setting a poor industry standard, discouraging innovation, and restricting access to specialized services.
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- Gov. Polis signs Colorado's first blockchain-related bill into law
- Gov. Jared Polis signed Colorado’s first blockchain-related bill — the Cryptocurrency Exemptions Colorado Digital Token Act — into law last Wednesday afternoon. The law exempts digital tokens issuers from certain securities laws and licensing requirements if the digital tokens are used to purchase goods, services or content.
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