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May 4, 2024

Bill to Support Small Businesses Passes House

DENVER, CO - The House today passed legislation sponsored by Representatives Judy Amabile and Naquetta Ricks to help keep local liquor stores in business after the passage of Proposition 125. HB24-1373 passed by a vote of 42-19.

“When Colorado voters narrowly passed Proposition 125, small businesses were suddenly at risk of closing their doors,” said Rep. Judy Amabile, D-Boulder. “This bill gives our mom-and-pop liquor stores a leg up against large corporations that are now allowed to sell beer and wine in their businesses while preventing youth from easily accessing alcohol.”

“It is critical that we give small business owners the tools they need to help their business thrive,” said Rep. Naquetta Ricks, D-Aurora. “This legislation would ensure that local liquor stores can stay open, protecting jobs in every corner of our state. I’m proud to carry this legislation to better protect the hardworking Coloradans who run local liquor stores in our communities.”

In 2022, Colorado voters approved Prop 125, allowing grocery stores, convenience stores, and other businesses to sell beer and wine. HB24-1373 would provide clarity for consumers and ensure that small businesses can compete with large national chain stores.

Businesses with a Fermented Malt Beverage and Wine retailer license would be prohibited from placing temporary displays of alcoholic beverages next to non-alcoholic beverages, candy, toys, or near the entrance or exit of the premise. Licensees would also be prohibited from selling fermented malt beverages above 14 percent ABV or wine above 17 percent ABV.

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