DENVER (AP) – A Democratic idea to create a smartphone app showing Colorado locally owned businesses was watered down, but Republicans still question whether the legislation is necessary.
The bill originally would have allowed businesses to pay $10 to be listed in a state-created database and app. But Democratic Rep. Dan Pabon, the bill sponsor, changed it to direct the state to simply make available data that it already has and let the private sector do whatever it wants with the information.
A vote on the amended bill was delayed until Monday.
Republicans on a House committee repeatedly asked why the bill was necessary and said much of the information the legislation wants to make available already exists in Google.
Senate Democrats narrowly passed the bill earlier this month with no Republican support.
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