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Colorado Bill to Clarify Discrimination and the Right to Disagree (SB 283)

This law was last updated on May 11, 2017

This law is Anti–LGBTQ




SB 283


Failed to Pass


Apr 3, 2017


Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1


Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ

Full Bill Text

SB 283 would allow private businesses to refuse to provide goods and services if the owner disagrees with the message such services may convey.

The bill would amend current state law regarding discrimination in public accommodation to clarify that it is not a discriminatory practice for private businesses to decline to contract to provide goods or services:

  • that convey a message with which the business chooses not to associate itself or with which they disagree; or
  • for an event that conveys a message with which the¬†business chooses not to associate itself or with which they disagree.

If passed, the law would take effect on August 9, 2017, unless a referendum petition is filed against the law. If such a petition is filed, the law would not take effect unless approved by the voters in the general election.


Primary Sponsor