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Last week we told you about Senate Bill 18-067 by Senators Zenzinger and Priola, which would allow a restaurant, bar, or special event permit holder to host an event for a charitable organization, where the charitable organization can have a silent auction containing sealed containers of alcohol as auction items. As we told you, these types of events currently happen all the time but are technically against the Colorado Liquor Code. This bill will allow these events to continue as is. On Monday we testified in support of this legislation. The bill passed out of the Senate Business, Labor and Technology committee Monday without opposition.
Also on Monday, we testified to oppose House Bill 18-1043 by Representative Lewis. This legislation would require any retailer in the State of Colorado that may serve raw beef, including restaurants, to put a placard, at every table in the case of a restaurant, identifying what country the beef came from. The CRA opposed this requirement because it is unnecessary and can be burdensome to restaurants that choose to serve dishes containing raw beef. This bill failed to get out of the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources committee and has been postponed indefinitely.
Senate Bill 18-138 by Senators Gardner and Kerr is going to be introduced next week! This legislation is being pushed by the Colorado Restaurant Association and would allow restaurants and bars that surrender their liquor license, to sell their remaining alcohol to another liquor license they own. This legislation will begin to work its way through the process and the CRA is hopeful that it will have broad support by the industry.
As always, if you have any questions about our legislative efforts on your behalf, do not hesitate to reach out. Contact Nick Hoover for clarification on any of these issues.
It's important to educate legislators about the economic impact of legislative and regulatory actions on the restaurant industry. To better communicate industry stories to elected officials, the National Restaurant Association has been working with a consulting group to build an updated economic model that can estimate the impact of specific legislative or regulatory actions in areas such as minimum wage, taxes, healthcare, etc. Please take the NRA's short (less than 10 minutes) financial survey to help make the model as robust and meaningful as possible.
This month Jim 'N Nick's at Stapleton received an incredible honor. They were designated by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, USA as a Purple Heart Business, making them the very first Purple Heart Restaurant in the state of Colorado. We are so very proud of them for their dedication to supporting the members and families of the Armed Forces in their community. Congratulations!
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May 8: CRF Scholarship Event