HB16-1048 - Expand Business Enterprise Program

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning Modifications To The Business Enterprise Program To Be Administered By The Department Of Labor And Employment Under Its Authority To Administer Vocational Rehabilitation Programs.

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.

Latest update: May 4, 2016
05/04/2016 Governor Signed
04/27/2016 Sent to the Governor
04/27/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
04/26/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/19/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/18/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/13/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/01/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
04/01/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/31/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/24/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
01/13/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor