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GOP signature bill to lighten load on small biz gets full Senate’s blessing

Author: Dan Njegomir - January 31, 2017 - Updated: June 6, 2017

Cutting regulations on business — especially small business — is as much a part of the Republican brand as the elephant itself. A bill that Republicans are touting to do just that — by giving small businesses a month to fix minor breaches of state regs before fines are levied — passed the state Senate Monday on a voice vote and even picked up support from across the aisle. After a formal roll-call vote as early as today, Senate Bill 1 will head to the Democratic-controlled House.

The measure is being sponsored by the father-son tag team of Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, in the upper chamber and, in the lower chamber, House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock.

The Senate GOP was pleased at the development. More so, perhaps, given SB 1’s uncertain-at-best prospects in the House. A press release from the Senate Republican communications office captured the moment:

“Our aim is to ensure that government offers of ‘help’ aren’t quite as terrifying as they were back when Ronald Reagan made his famous joke about the 9 most feared words in the English language,” (Sen.) Neville said, “because our bill requires state agencies to work cooperatively with small businesses that may be out of compliance with minor rules, rather than just bringing down the hammer.”

The press release noted, “The bill only pertains to relatively minor administrative rules violations, not those that potentially put public health or safety at risk.”


Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.