It has been an extremely productive and successful week here at the Capitol  for Representative Holtorf. Three bills that were prime co-sponsored by Rep. Holtorf, all passed committee this week, completing the trifecta. 

Those three bills include; HB21-1215 (Expansion of Justice Crime Prevention Initiative), SB21-008 (Remove Junior From Certain College Names), and HB21-1279 (Occupational Therapy Interstate Compact). 

We want to thank Reps. Ortiz, D. Valdez, and Young for their willingness to work on these important bills in a bi-partisan manner.

The justice reinvestment crime prevention initiative (initiative), administered by the Colorado department of local affairs in the division of local government (department), incorporates programs that expand small business lending and provide grants aimed at reducing crime and promoting community development in certain target communities. Effective October 1, 2021, the bill:

  • Expands the initiative to a statewide program; and
  • Adds a small business grant program for formerly incarcerated persons (program) to the initiative.

The bill requires the department to work with the Colorado department of corrections and the Colorado office of economic development in developing and implementing the program. The program shall include:

  • A training program in business, finance, and entrepreneurship for formerly incarcerated persons;
  • A small business grant for formerly incarcerated persons who have completed the training program and are selected by the department through a rigorous application process; and
  • An ongoing consulting program in business, finance, and entrepreneurship for the selected grant recipients.

Selected grant recipients are eligible for the consulting program for at least one year from selection. The grants are funded from the general fund and are limited to no more than $50,000 per selected grant recipient per year.

The bill changes the names of the following colleges:

  • Trinidad state junior college to Trinidad state college;
  • Otero junior college to Otero college

The bill enacts the “Occupational Therapy Licensure Interstate Compact” (compact), allowing occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who are licensed in any state that is a member of the compact to provide occupational therapy services in other member states.

The director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies is authorized to issue provisional occupational therapy licenses and provisional occupational therapy assistant licenses to certain qualified individuals and to implement the compact.

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