DENVER—Democrats on the House Business, Labor, Economic & Workforce Development Committee fired their first shot across the bow of Colorado’s number one employer today, when they voted to kill a bill that would require the legislature to consider the fiscal impact of new laws on small business owners. State Rep. Clarice Navarro, R-Pueblo, sponsored the bill in the House.
“We look at the fiscal impact new laws would have on our government but not for our state’s job creators,” Navarro said, following her bill’s defeat. “That’s wrong. Small business owners are Colorado’s top employer and yet policymakers are wearing blinders with each new law they introduce. I’m disappointed Democrats weren’t willing to cooperate with us on this critical piece of legislation.”
Had Democrats not defeated House Bill 1069, Navarro’s measure would have created a five-day window for Coloradans to submit their comments or concerns over the potential small business fiscal impact of new legislation. These comments would then be summarized and compiled for the legislature’s consideration.
Democrats in the Senate killed a measure similar to Navarro’s bill last week. Both bills enjoyed the support of the National Federation of Independent Business and died on a party line vote.