(March 18) – House Democrats’ package of bills to boost the state’s economy and connect Coloradans to good jobs took three big steps forward today when the House gave preliminary approval to:
· HB13-1123 by Rep. Tony Exum Sr. (D-Colorado Springs), which will allow unemployed Coloradans to waive confidentiality requirements so the state can forward their names and contact information to employers and private job placement organizations.
· HB13-1138 by Rep. Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs), creating a new class of businesses — benefit corporations, with the freedom to pursue beneficial causes as well as profits. The bill will attract social impact investors to Colorado, funding more companies and creating jobs.
· HB13-1208 by Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver), allowing the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade to make infrastructure investments in creative districts, increasing jobs and economic activity and revitalizing communities.
“House Democrats made a commitment to the people of Colorado to make jobs and the economy our No. 1 priority,” Speaker Mark Ferrandino said after the vote. “We’re honoring that commitment today and with the other major components of our jobs package, which will soon be coming to the full House for action.”