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The provisions of the State Administrative Procedure Act relating to the Department of Regulatory Agencies' review of proposed rules follow:
2.5)(a) At the time of filing a notice of proposed rule-making with the secretary of state as the secretary may require, an agency shall submit a draft of the proposed rule or the proposed amendment to an existing rule and a statement, in plain language, concerning the subject matter or purpose of the proposed rule or amendment to the office of the executive director in the department of regulatory agencies.
The executive director, or his or her designee, may determine if the proposed rule or amendment may have a negative impact on economic competitiveness or on small business in Colorado. If the executive director, or his or her designee, determines that the proposed rule or amendment may have such negative impact, he or she may direct the submitting agency to perform a cost-benefit analysis of the rule or amendment.If the executive director, or his or her designee, makes such a request, it shall be made at least twenty days before the date of the hearing on the rule or amendment. The agency receiving such request shall complete a cost-benefit analysis at least five days before the hearing on the rule or amendment, shall make the analysis available to the public, and shall submit a copy to the executive director or his or her designee. Failure to complete a requested cost-benefit analysis pursuant to this subsection (2.5) shall preclude the adoption of such rule or amendment. Such cost-benefit analysis shall include the following:
(I) The reason for the rule or amendment;
(II) The anticipated economic benefits of the rule or amendment, which shall include economic growth, the creation of new jobs, and increased economic competitiveness;
(III) The anticipated costs of the rule or amendment, which shall include the direct costs to the government to administer the rule or amendment and the direct and indirect costs to business and other entities required to comply with the rule or amendment;
(IV) Any adverse effects on the economy, consumers, private markets, small businesses, job creation, and economic competitiveness; and
(V) At least two alternatives to the proposed rule or amendment that can be identified by the submitting agency or a member of the public, including the costs and benefits of pursuing each of the alternatives identified.
(b) The executive director, or his or her designee, shall study the cost-benefit analysis and may urge the agency to revise the rule or amendment to eliminate or reduce the negative economic impact. The executive director, or his or her designee, may inform the public about the negative impact of the proposed rule or the proposed amendment to an existing rule.
(c) Any proprietary information provided to the department of revenue by a business or trade association for the purpose of preparing a cost-benefit analysis shall be confidential.
(d) If the agency has made a good faith effort to comply with the requirements of paragraph (a) of this subsection (2.5), the rule or amendment shall not be invalidated on the ground that the contents of the cost-benefit analysis are insufficient or inaccurate.
(e) This subsection (2.5) shall not apply to orders, licenses, permits, adjudication, or rules affecting the direct reimbursement of vendors or providers with state funds.
(f)(I) This subsection (2.5) is repealed, effective July 1, 2013.
(II) Prior to such repeal, the provisions regarding the preparation of a cost-benefit analysis pursuant to this subsection (2.5) shall be reviewed as provided for in section 24-34-104, C.R.S.