The End of the 2021 Legislative Session

Workers’ Rights Act Legislation Meets Its End A bill we opposed and have been updating you on most of this session, Senate Bill 176, “Protecting Opportunities and Workers’ Rights Act,” was postponed indefinitely in the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. While we agree that no employee should endure discrimination or harassment, we had concerns about … Read Post

Wrapping Up the 2021 Legislative Session

This year’s unprecedented legislative session is coming to a close. We anticipate legislators will wrap things up sometime next week, and we will continue to update you on priority bills as they advance through the legislative process. There are bills that concern us, as well as legislation we’re proud to see advance for our state. … Read Post

Health Care Bills Advance Despite Strong Opposition at Hearings

House Bill 1232, “Standardized Health Benefit Plan Colorado Option,” and Senate Bill 175, “Prescription Drug Affordability Review Board,” both advanced despite hours of opposition testimony. House Bill 1232 passed the Senate on Wednesday with a vote of 19-16. It will now return to the House for a review of the amendments. Ahead of that vote, … Read Post

Governor Announces Incentive to Get Coloradans Back to Work

If there’s anything we’ve learned from the pandemic, it’s that if employers can’t maintain their businesses, employees are in trouble. And if employees can’t get back to work, employers are also in trouble. We need to have the systems and supports in place to make both parts of that equation work. With mask mandates lifted … Read Post

Chamber Opposes Efforts to Revise Tax Code

Legislators introduced two tax-related bills this week that change tax policy for employers and employees. These bills would raise taxes as businesses are working to keep employees on payroll and bring back jobs that have been lost during the pandemic. House Bill 1311, “Income Tax,” sponsored by Rep. Emily Sirota (D-Denver), Rep. Mike Weissman (D-Aurora), … Read Post

Transportation Funding Bill Finally Introduced

Senate Bill 260, the transportation funding bill we’ve been waiting to see, has finally been introduced. The nearly 200-page legislation outlines a package that will raise $5.3 billion for transportation infrastructure funding by increasing various fees including those on electric vehicles and gas and adding a state surcharge on deliveries and shared rides. Our members … Read Post