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2019 bringing new laws, higher minimum wage to Colorado

Posted: 11:44 AM, Dec 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-31 13:44:14-05
10 days left in Colorado legislative session

DENVER — The new year will bring with it a number of new laws, fee increases and other changes that could affect Coloradans’ daily lives and budgets.

Here’s a look at some of the major changes coming to Colorado:

Full-strength beer sales

Bye-bye, 3.2 beer.

As of Jan. 1, Colorado grocery stores and convenience stores will be able to sell full-strength beer. They had previously been limited to selling beer that was no more than 3.2 percent alcohol by volume.

You’ll still have to visit a liquor store to purchase wine or liquor.

RELATED: Mom and pop liquor stores brace for Jan. 1, when new law allows grocers to sell full-strength beer

Immigrant driver's licenses

Starting on the first of the new year, Colorado residents who cannot prove their lawful presence in the United States will be able to use a Social Security number to obtain a driver's license. Those residents previously needed proof of an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number and SSNs were not accepted.

For more on the new requirements, click here .

Minimum wage increase

Colorado’s minimum wage rises by $.90 on Jan. 1 for a new minimum of $11.10 per hour. The new tipped minimum wage is $8.08.

The minimum wage will rise again next year to reach $12, after which the wage will increase annually based on cost of living adjustments.

For more information on the increase, head over to colorado.gov .

Park fees increase

It will cost a little more to visit Colorado State Parks in 2019. Daily passes for vehicles, individuals and off-leash dogs all are increasing by $1 while the cost of an annual pass is going up $10.

Click here for more information on the new prices.