Interim Committee to Study Vocational Rehabilitative Services for the Blind. The business enterprise program administered by the department of labor and employment as of July 1, 2016, provides training, assistance, and priority to persons who are blind and who wish to operate vending facilities on state property. Under the current program, state property includes any building, land, or other real property owned, leased, or occupied by a department or agency of the state except property owned, leased, or occupied by a higher education institution or the board of commissioners of the Colorado state fair authority.
The bill removes the exception for property owned, leased, or occupied by higher education institutions or the state fair authority, thereby granting priority to persons who are blind and are licensed vendors to operate vending facilities on higher education and state fair authority properties.
Additionally, the bill expands the program to allow persons who are blind and determined qualified to operate other types of businesses on state property.
The bill also changes the criteria for determining when a vending facility or other business cannot be operated by a blind vendor to more closely follow the standard under federal law.
The bill contains a clause specifying that additional appropriations are not necessary to implement the bill.