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Governor lets bill banning restaurant letter grades become law

The popular use of letter grades for restaurant inspections — used from New York City to Southern California — will be banned in Colorado under a bill that becomes law on Aug. 10. Gov. John W. Hickenlooper allowed the controversial HB 16-1401 to become law without his signature, but instead wrote to the General Assembly… Continue Reading

Newspaper posts tell-all database on restaurant inspections

At least one media outlet in Colorado, where a bipartisan legislature has voted to keep the public in the dark about restaurant inspections, is not playing along. House Bill 16-1401, which would ban local governments from reporting the results of restaurant inspections with letters, numbers or symbol grading systems, has been on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s… Continue Reading

Colorado bans letters, numbers, symbols on restaurant reports

He does not make much use of the veto power and he is the former owner of a popular Denver brew pub. Both of those facts make it unlikely that Gov. John Hickenlooper will veto popular House Bill 16-1401, which ups fees and sets new policy for restaurant inspections. HB 16-1401, which first passed the Democratically-controlled Colorado… Continue Reading

Governor Lends a Hand With Colorado’s Marijuana Pesticide Problem

There’s a new pesticide cop on the beat in Colorado for marijuana cultivation facilities, and his arrival on the scene surprised many. Since this past March, when Denver’s environmental health unit warned the state’s booming marijuana businesses that it would be enforcing federal, state, and local laws governing the use of pesticides and agricultural chemicals, it’s… Continue Reading