Colo. bill to explore federal waivers passes 1st vote

A Republican bill encouraging Colorado agencies to seek waivers from federal regulations got initial approval.

The proposal would direct state agencies to explore whether it’s possible to seek waivers from federal regulations and determine if it’s possible for Colorado to implement its own rules. Agencies would report to the Legislature annually to discuss waiver possibilities.

A House committee approved the bill on an 8-4 vote Tuesday. It heads to the full House for a vote.

Republican House Leader Amy Stephens says the bill would not require agencies to seek a waiver if it’s costly or administratively impractical.

Republicans have talked a lot this year about getting a waiver from Medicaid requirements but that didn’t come up during the committee hearing.