DENVER, CO – A bill to address the rise in retail crime and protect Coloradans from fraudulent online marketplace sellers passed the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee today unanimously. HB22-1099 would require online marketplaces to verify personal seller information and allow buyers to report suspicious activity.
“With this bill, we’re taking steps towards reducing retail theft and building a safer Colorado by making it harder for thieves to resell stolen goods online,” said Rep. Dylan Roberts D-Avon. “This is a common-sense, smart-on-crime bill that we need to pass immediately. We’ve listened to Colorado businesses owners that have suffered losses from theft and vandalism. This bill will add barriers for suspicious online sellers to not only protect Colorado consumers, but cut down on retail theft by making it harder to offload stolen goods online.”
If passed HB22-1099 would require online marketplaces to verify the bank account information, tax identification number, and contact information from high-volume third-party sellers. This bill would also require sellers to disclose personal contact information to buyers, such as their name and address to assist in the authentication process for purchasing goods online.
Representative Dylan Roberts also sponsored two additional bipartisan bills that advanced committee today.
HB22-1073 would allow the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to conduct inspections of funeral homes and crematories. Under current law, DORA has no authority to inspect funeral homes or crematories without the consent of the business owner. This bill is a direct response to preventing horrendous funeral home malpractice. This bill passed the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee by a vote of 11-1.
HB22-1117 would expand the usage of Lodging Tax revenue beyond destination marketing and promotion to include workforce and economic development. Mountain communities often generate strong revenue from tourism but are limited in how they spend this money. HB22-1117 would allow revenue generated from tourism to be used in workforce recruitment, management, and development to support the tourism workforce through more affordable housing. This bill passed the House Finance Committee by a vote of 9-1.