Governor Hickenlooper signs two bills by Senator Boyd today
Senator Betty Boyd and Representative Andy Kerr (a sponsor of Senate Bill 60 in the House) at today's bill signing
LAKEWOOD— Today, Governor John Hickenlooper came to Lakewood to sign two bills sponsored by Senator Betty Boyd (D-Lakewood). Senator Boyd’s bills support the right of restaurants and bars to sell any beer, even low-strength beer, and improve how the state regulates professionals who work in the physical therapy industry. Senate Bill 60 clears up archaic provisions in Colorado’s liquor laws to allow restaurants and bars to sell any beer they choose. Senate Bill 169 puts in place a better system to regulate physical therapists by implementing a “board model” rather than a “director model.”
The signing ceremony took place at an Old Chicago Restaurant in Lakewood.
Senate Bill 60 cleans up a provision in Colorado’s liquor laws that technically didn’t allow restaurants and bars to sell many kinds of beer. The bill allows businesses that are licensed to sell beer, wine and liquor for on-premises consumption to sell “fermented malt beverages” (usually called low-alcohol-content beer or 3.2 beer). This change allows bars and restaurants to make the choice of what beverages they offer based on what customers want, rather than based on a technical distinction in the law.
Senator Boyd offered the following comment on the signing of Senate Bill 60:
“Some people say Colorado has some of the most archaic liquor laws in the country. This simple change is a big step in cleaning up those laws. It should be up to business owners what kinds of beer they sell, and their customers will benefit. One of the great things about this country is that Americans have choice. I carried this bill because the decision of what to put on tap should be made in bars, not the statutes.”
The other bill signed today, Senate Bill 169, changes how the state oversees physical therapists in Colorado by putting in place the State Physical Therapy Board. Currently, the director of the Division of Registrations has sole authority over regulations relating to the field.
Senator Boyd offered the following comment on the signing of Senate Bill 169:
“I’m glad Governor Hickenlooper came to Lakewood to sign this bill today. We have a responsibility to make sure that all of our health care professionals are held to the highest standard possible. Senate Bill 169 continues Colorado’s commitment to holding physical therapists to that standard and aligns us with 48 other states by creating direct, appropriate and effective regulations to physical therapy assistants.”
Specifically, Senate Bill 169 improves regulations by:
● Requiring physical therapists to have knowledge of the Physical Therapist Practice Act and Rules, a law that regulates physical therapy licensure
● Allowing promulgation of rules regarding Continuing Competency once a national program has been developed
● Certifying Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) and allowing graduates of Colorado’s five PTA programs to be regulated by the state
● Outlining how a physical therapist may supervise up to four non physical therapists
● Requiring physical therapists to maintain patient medical records
Senator Betty Boyd watches Governor Hickenlooper sign Senate Bill 169