Despite Praising Bill Concept, Party Line Vote Kills Smart Legislation
February 8, 2012
(Denver) –The Regulator Navigator Act, a bill to help consumers and businesses navigate red tape and make government more efficient, died on a party line vote in State Affairs Committee today.
HB12-1025, sponsored by Rep. Max Tyler (D-Lakewood), would have required state agencies to provide a go-to person to help the customer navigate the regulatory systems within the agency. This would provide members of the public and businesses with easy access to information about any state agency regulations.
Rep. Tyler, a small business owner himself, came up with the idea after reading the reports from Gov. Hickenlooper’s “bottoms up” tour of Colorado. According to the report, a consistent problem expressed by many of the 5,000 attendees of the tour was the absence of an easy way to access information from agencies about regulations.
“This is a common sense bill that helps businesses navigate a regulatory system that frankly can sometimes be downright confusing,” Rep. Tyler said.
During committee hearing, Chair, Rep. Jim Kerr (R-Littleton) applauded Rep. Tyler’s hard work “to come up with a compromise” on the bill. Despite Rep. Tyler amending the legislation to collaborate with the Republicans and eliminate the fiscal note, the bill failed on a party line vote. After the vote failed, Rep. J. Kerr added that Rep. Tyler’s bill was “a really good concept,” despite having voted against the measure.
Rep. Tyler said he was disappointed to see an effort to address Coloradan business owners concerns fail on party lines.
“There is no good reason to vote against this bill,” Rep. Tyler said. “With the amendment, there is no fiscal note, it cuts red tape for businesses and consumers, and makes government more efficient. This idea did not come out of thin air—It came out of the concerns expressed by Colorado business owners across the state.”