Governor signs CLEAR ACT
Governor signs Sonnenbergâ€™s CLEAR Act into law
Justin MillerÂ – Majority Press Secretary
DENVERâ€”Today, the governor signed state Rep. Jerry Sonnenbergâ€™s CLEAR Act into law. House Bill 1002 passed the General Assembly with bipartisan support and will help create a stable environment for job creation and economic opportunity in Colorado.
â€œThis new law is a direct result of House Republicansâ€™ efforts to listen to the concerns of Coloradoâ€™s job creators and address their needs,â€ said Sonnenberg, R-Sterling. â€œThe more stable regulatory environment this law creates will help ensure government is working withâ€”not againstâ€”employers.â€
Sonnenbergâ€™s measure, or the Creating Level Expectations for Application Review Act, ensures that the rules governing an application filed with a state agency stay in place for the duration of that applicationâ€™s review. Currently, rules can change after an application is filed, forcing applicants to withdraw their original filing and submit a new one, wasting the time and resources of Coloradoâ€™s job creators.
The CLEAR Act is one of a number of bills House Republicans passed this year that was developed after hearing the concerns of business owners they met on their Building a Better Colorado Tour last year.
â€œThis new law helps keep government honest and consistent,â€ said Loren Furman, of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. â€œIt removes the burdens businesses must bear when application rules change midstream. Coloradoâ€™s economic recovery needs the stability Sonnenbergâ€™s measure helps provide.â€
Before reaching the governorâ€™s desk, both the House and Senate passed the CLEAR Act with overwhelming bipartisan support.