(May 8) – Wrapping up the 2013 legislative session in the same way it began, the House completed legislative action this morning on three of its core bills to pump up the state’s economy and connect Coloradans to good jobs.

Winning final General Assembly approval were:

·        HB13-1001, sponsored by Reps. Dave Young (D-Greeley) and Cheri Gerou (R-Evergreen), promotes Colorado’s high-tech industries, helping pave the state’s path toward a sustainable and diversified economy. Advanced manufacturing, aerospace, bioscience, electronics, energy and natural resources, infrastructure engineering, and information technology companies will be eligible for grants of up to $500,000.

·        HB13-1003, by Reps. Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs) and Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo), funds a $200,000 pilot program to provide management and technical training and advice to 20 “second stage” Colorado businesses – those 6- to 99-employee companies that have significant growth potential to create primary jobs.

·        HB13-1004, by Reps. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) and Jovan Melton (D-Aurora), creates a “career pathways program” in the Department of Labor to provide grants for individuals to obtain the skills needed to land the jobs that the new economy is producing, and expands the use of unemployment insurance benefits for training programs.

The three bills, plus HB13-1002 expanding the state’s Small Business Development Center system, were the first to be introduced on opening day.

“House Democrats made jobs and the economy their top legislative priority this session,” Speaker Mark Ferrandino said after the votes. “We have delivered on our promise to the people of Colorado.”

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