Bill to create local business app faces tough vote

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A bill to create a smartphone app that shows Colorado locally owned businesses will face its toughest test yet in the Republican-controlled House.

Senate Democrats approved the proposal earlier this month, saying the bill is a way to promote and boost local businesses.

But Republicans are skeptical. They question whether the bill is necessary and argue that it duplicates what the private sector is already doing.

The bill directs the state’s Economic Development and International Trade office to create an online database of locally owned business by Jan. 1, 2014, and also develop the app for smartphones.

Businesses that want to be listed would pay a $10 annual fee.

A House committee is hearing the bill Thursday.