Regulatory Relief Bill Wins Bipartisan Backing

Denver -- A bill aimed at reducing tensions between state regulators and small businesses, by giving both parties more leeway in how they deal with compliance issues, made a strong first showing at the Colorado Statehouse today, passing the Senate Business Labor & Technology Committee on a bipartisan, 6 to 1 vote.

Senate Bill-1 next moves to the body of the whole for debate.

Sen. Tim Neville (R-Littleton), who co-sponsored the bill with his son, House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R-Caste Rock), said that giving small businesses second chances when they violate minor rules will help cultivate a more cooperative, less conflict-oriented, economic climate in Colorado. The law wouldn’t cover violations that potentially endanger public health and safety.  

“Asking agencies to work cooperatively with businesses on compliance issues puts out a shingle for the state that says, ‘we will work with you, we want you here, and we aren’t going to automatically slap you with a big fine if you’re making diligent efforts to play by the rules,’” said Neville. “We want to create a culture change that has small business owners focusing on serving customers, not living in fear that some minor misstep is going to bring the hammer down and put their livelihood at risk." 

Please contact Sean Paige at 719-337-0355 if you have questions.

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