2024 Legislative Session

Each session we take positions on current bills that stand to impact the business community and our economy, using our legislative priorities as a baseline. Guided by those focus areas, data and member feedback, our policy decisions are guided by a committee of members and our board of directors.

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Bill # Title Summary Position Justification Materials Pillars Status
File 23-1960 Prohibiting Tent Removals and Opening Warming Shelters in Freezing Weather

This ordinance would prohibit city officials and law enforcement from removing shelters or tents from public areas 48 hours prior to the outdoor temperature being predicted to be 32 degrees or below. It would also extend operating hours for public and private facilities operating under contract with the City, to provide temporary shelter for those exposed to weather conditions when the temperature is predicted to be 32 degrees or below.

The Chamber opposes File 23-1960. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce sympathizes with the intention of the proposed ordinance and agrees that the safety and wellbeing of Denver’s unhoused population is paramount. However, the Denver Chamber believes there are several operational concerns with the proposed program, bringing us to oppose the ordinance. The passage of this ordinance would result in keeping people in encampments on the streets for longer periods of time, during the coldest stretches of weather. The Denver Chamber believes the safest and most compassionate option is to bring people indoors when it is cold outside. Additionally, this measure creates major roadblocks to both achieving the city’s goals for moving people into housing and enforcing the voter-approved camping ban.

HB24-1001 Reauthorization of Rural Jump-Start Program

The legislation continues the rural jump-start zone grant program, which is currently set to terminate on July 1, 2024. The program is a collaborative effort to incentivize new businesses to start in or move to rural, economically distressed counties in Colorado, referred to as Rural Jump-Start zones, and hire new employees. 

The Rural Jump-Start Zone program was previously signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper in May 2015 and has since boosted rural economic development across the western slope. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically supports the reauthorization of this program as it aligns with our efforts to continue expanding economic growth and empowerment statewide.

HB24-1004 Ex-Offenders Practice in Regulated Occupations

This bill allows an individual with a criminal conviction if the offense is a violent felony or a misdemeanor to petition a regulator to determine whether their criminal conviction should preclude them from becoming qualified to be registered, certified, or licensed for a state-regulated occupation. If an offense is not violent, but would otherwise disqualify a person from registering, retaining a certification, or license, the bill would disallow the regulator from considering the person’s criminal conviction for the offense after a 3-year period has passed.

The Chamber is monitoring amendments to this legislation, as it aligns with our equity and inclusion agenda. Reassessing overly restrictive barriers to help maintain a pathway to a stronger workforce while also protecting our hiring practices is imperative to Colorado’s economic success.

HB24-1005 Health Insurers Contract with Qualified Providers

The bill requires a health-care insurance carrier to include a primary care provider as a participating provider in all networks, including narrow networks and all tiers of tiered networks, of the carrier's health benefit plan if they meet certain criteria.

The approach of the bill would increase healthcare costs for businesses and employees by eliminating a critical tool for controlling costs.

HB24-1008 Wage Claims Construction Industry Contractors

This bill makes requirements around wage claims brought by individuals working in the construction industry. The bill aims to protect against wage theft in the construction industry, expanding general contractor accountability for wage claims involving contractors and making general contractors responsible for their subcontractors’ payments to laborers.

The Chamber and our members are opposed to wage theft but see unintended consequences in the current draft of this legislation, including the potential for more litigation rather than getting people paid. Additionally, we have questions of practicality and fairness when it comes to a general contractor defending themself against claims from an employee that they have no direct, or likely any, relationship with. The Chamber will engage with sponsors and proponents on these concerns.

HB24-1014 Deceptive Trade Practice Significant Impact Standard

This bill aims to eliminate a judicially created requirement that limited the application of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. In the 1998 Hall v. Walter ruling, the Colorado Supreme Court held that an injured individual or business must prove that an unfair, unconscionable or deceptive act or practice “significantly impacts the public.”

The Chamber opposes HB24-1014. The Denver Metro Chamber continues to oppose lowering the standard required to file a claim under the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. We ardently support safeguarding consumers; however, the Chamber believes that overturning the 25-year-old Colorado Supreme Court decision and thus, significantly lowering the threshold of what is legally required to prove harm, will incentivize predatory litigation tactics and frivolous lawsuits. As a result, this legislation would lead to major economic harm for Colorado’s business community.

HB24-1028 Overdose Prevention Centers

This bill would allow for overdose prevention centers, or safe injection sites. An overdose prevention center is defined as a facility designed to provide a space for individuals to use controlled substances in a monitored setting with supervision, access to equipment and counselors, as well as referrals to substance use disorder treatment. The bill specifies that a municipality may authorize the operation of an overdose prevention center within the municipality’s boundaries.

The Chamber Opposes HB24-1028. The Denver Chamber acknowledges that the increase in drug abuse, drug related deaths, and crime remains to be a monumental and deeply concerning issue for our communities. The Chamber is highly concerned about the disproportionate strain the location of a safe injection site can have on a community or neighborhood, local businesses, and local law enforcement. We also recognize the health and public safety risks to citizens, local communities, and health-care staff associated with such facilities.

HB24-1030 Railroad Safety Requirements

This bill would impose new requirements on railroads operating within Colorado. The new requirements include limiting the length of the train to 8,500 feet, requiring wayside detector systems (systems that monitor passing trains for defects), and prohibiting obstruction of a public crossway for longer than 10 minutes. The bill also would implement new reporting and investigation requirements for union members in which the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) would be at liberty to impose fines for the violation of these new safety requirements – the PUC would also develop the guidelines for determining and imposing the fines. This bill would also create a new front range passenger district maintenance and safety fund financed by the fines collected by the PUC to allocate money for projects to improve the safety of a passenger rail system.

The Chamber opposes HB24-1030. The Railroad Safety Requirement bill is not a safety requirement bill in so much as it is a state regulation omnibus. The bill was drafted without stakeholder input from the railroads and includes requirements that are at odds with federal railroad regulations. As a result, this bill and its associated regulations will cause major ramifications for Colorado’s business communities and broader networks of interstate commerce. For instance, imposing arbitrary limits on train length will result in an unknown impact to Colorado’s supply chain, freight network capacity, and congestion.

HB24-1041 Streamline Filing Sales & Use Tax Returns

The bill modifies tax filing thresholds for any sales and use taxes collected by jurisdictions that do not use the state sales and use tax simplification system (SUTS). It also requires that all home rule jurisdictions use the SUTS system beginning July 1, 2025.

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce supports the simplification and streamlining of the Colorado tax system. This bill updates previous thresholds to reflect inflation and puts additional thresholds on local municipalities to further align into the tax simplification system administered by the department of revenue (SUTS). Consistent and transparent tax policy is critical to allowing local citizens to succeed and businesses to thrive.

HB24-1050 Simplify Processes Regarding Certain Local Government Taxes

This bill changes reporting and transparency tax laws, requiring local taxing jurisdictions to report and publish information on local lodging tax and permit related sales or use tax information.

The Chamber supports the ability to further simplify local government taxes. It is important to keep taxes manageable and transparent for local citizens to succeed and businesses to thrive.

HB24-1057 Prohibit Algorithmic Devices Used for Rent Setting

This bill prohibits the use of an algorithmic device by a landlord to determine the amount of rent to charge a residential tenant, establishing that the use of such a device is an unfair or deceptive trade practice under the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act." This does not include a product or calculation that has been designed internally and used exclusively by a landlord or their affiliates.

The Chamber opposes HB24-1057. The Denver Metro Chamber opposes prohibiting landlords from using publicly available data to help determine the rent within their local region. We support protecting Colorado renters from collusion and unfair trade practices; however, these accounting programs are universally used to gather data and effectively list units within the market price, not maximize rent. The Denver Metro Chamber believes this piece of legislation is an overreach and has the potential to cause negative repercussions for the business community given its broad definition of what could be considered an algorithm.

HB24-1075 Analysis of Universal Health-Care Payment System

The bill concerns the consideration of a statewide universal health-care payment system for Colorado that directly compensates providers, requiring the Colorado School of Public Health to submit a report detailing its findings to the General Assembly by Oct. 1, 2025. The bill also creates the statewide health-care analysis advisory task force consisting of 21 members for the purpose of advising the Colorado School of Public Health in conducting an analysis of draft model legislation concerning the statewide universal health-care payment system.

The Chamber opposes HB24-1075. While we recognize that this bill does not directly establish publicly financed healthcare, we have several serious concerns with this proposal. First, Coloradans overwhelmingly voted against a single-payer, publicly owned system in 2016. Second, we do not believe the legislature can justify the expense of this study when there are other policies and programs whose funding is jeopardized by a tighter budgetary environment. Third, we believe information on the feasibility of publicly financed healthcare already exists and has been studied in Colorado through other mechanisms; this cost and information would be redundant. Fourth, this system of healthcare is incompatible with the programs we have already set up to address healthcare costs and access, specifically the Colorado Option and the reinsurance program.

HB24-1083 Construction Professional Insurance Coverage Transparency

The bill requires the division of insurance to conduct a study of construction liability insurance for construction professionals in Colorado. The study must include 1) All insurers offering construction liability policies in Colorado 2) an analysis of the rates charged for liability insurance in Colorado, 3) the factors used to set the insurance rates, 4) a cost comparison of insurance rates in other states, 5) policy coverage terms, and 6) common limitations/exclusions from coverage. The bill also requires that the seller of the property must provide the purchaser and the county with information regarding the insurance coverage for the property.

The Chamber strongly opposes this bill. While the bill is positioned as a study on insurance coverage, in practice it would increase construction litigation and further discourage condominium development. One of the chamber’s main priorities is ensuring Colorado builds a pathway to an increased housing supply. This bill would put contractors in a litigation chokehold, further exacerbating our housing shortage.

HB24-1097 Military Family Occupational Credentialing

This is a bipartisan bill that makes changes to Colorado’s occupational portability program concerning the spouses and dependents of military members to allow them to either more easily obtain or keep their credentialing. Changes include: (1) streamlining a spouse or dependent’s transfer of occupations licensure or credentials in Colorado if they are in good standing in another state, (2) allowing applicants to be credentialed if the applicant committed an act that would have disallowed them from licensure in Colorado, but the applicant remains in good standing in their current state, (3) allowing military spouses and dependent to obtain a six-year credential while in Colorado, (4) waiving application and renewal fees for credentials, and (5) expanding eligibility for the program to spouses and dependents of Armed Forces Reserve, Ready Reserve, and National Guard members in Colorado.

The Chamber Supports HB24-1097. The Denver Metro Chamber strongly supports legislation that empowers our workforce and increases contributions to local economic development. This piece of legislation streamlines processes that enable military families to more easily relocate and work in Colorado. By allowing military spouses and dependents to more easily obtain or keep their credentials during a move, we hope to provide additional support and encourage growth opportunities within the military community.

HB24-1107 Judicial Review of Local Land Use Decision

This bill requires attorney fees to be awarded to the prevailing defendant in an action concerning judicial review of a local land use decision, except for when an action is brought by the land use applicant before the government entity. 

The Chamber Supports HB24-1107. The Denver Metro Chamber’s leading policy priority is to provide more housing options for Coloradans. Judicial Review of Local Land Use decisions codifies an existing judicial decision to protect the court appeal process from abuse. Requiring attorney fees to be awarded to the prevailing defendant will add a cost, or consequence, in bringing forth frivolous lawsuits. As a result, this bill will help streamline the process at the local level to build additional housing.

HB24-1121 Consumer Right to Repair Digital Electronic Equipment

This bill expands the right-to-repair statues to digital electronic equipment and adds exemptions for various types of digital electronic equipment (such as motor vehicles, medical devices, and certain construction and energy-related equipment). In this context, right-to-repair means the original equipment manufacturer is required upon request to provide parts, tools, documentation and other resources to independent repair providers to facilitate repair.

The Chamber has taken an amend position for HB24-1121. The Chamber supports ensuring people can repair their digital electronic equipment. However, other states that have passed similar legislation have done so with clear exemptions for unique instances when a right to repair may be unjustified or have unintended consequence, such as with leased equipment. We encourage more research into the products and industry areas this piece of legislation will impact the most before moving forward.

HB24-1125 Tax Credit Commercial Building Conversion

This is a bi-partisan bill that introduces a new, refundable income tax credit for qualified costs incurred in the conversion of a commercial structure to a residential structure. All applications and review will go through the Governor’s office of economic development. The office of economic development cannot reserve a tax credit in excess of $3 million for any one project and cannot reserve more than $5 million of tax credits in any one calendar year.

The Chamber Supports HB24-1125. The Denver Metro Chamber strongly supports incentive-based approaches to encourage the development of additional housing, which this legislation does by creating a refundable tax credit for eligible costs incurred when converting a commercial structure to residential.

HB24-1130 Privacy of Biometric Identifiers & Data

This is a bipartisan bill that amends the Colorado Privacy Act to include certain protections for an individual’s biometric data. The controller (business that collects the data) must adopt a policy that 1) establishes a retention schedule, 2) includes a protocol for responding to a breach of security and 3) includes guidelines that require permanent destruction of the biometric identifier. In addition, the controller must 1) obtain disclosure and consent forms to collect biometric data 2) allow consumer access and update biometric information, and 3) restrict an employer’s permissible reasons for collecting employee biometric information.

The Denver Metro Chamber has taken an amend position on HB24-1130. The Chamber supports clear, enforceable policy that enables business within Colorado to effectively comply with amendments to the Colorado Privacy Act (CPA). The Denver Metro Chamber appreciates the current stakeholder effort working to ensure that by adding increased protections to the CPA, we will not be hamstrung with unintended consequences in the future.

HB24-1133 Criminal Record Sealing & Expungement Changes

This is a bipartisan bill that creates new policy and procedures concerning record sealing and expungement. The bill allows the defendant in a mistaken identity case to petition for an expungement order if the arresting agency does not file a petition themselves. The defendant is not subject to any fees or costs associated with expunging the record. The bill also clarifies procedures for automatic sealing of a defendant’s record and a hearing related to sealing matters to be conducted remotely. In addition, the bill lowers waiting periods for sealing municipal records and creates record sealing procedures for conviction records when a statutory change legalizes previously prohibited conduct.

The Chamber supports HB24-1133. A core tenet of the Chamber is supporting efforts to put more Coloradans to work. In July 2021, 7.7% of jobs in Colorado were unfilled — an all-time high for the state, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This bill follows a larger package that was passed two years ago and seeks to address the labor shortage by improving the policies and procedures related to record sealing and expungement. The Chamber continues to support this type of legislation that enables more people reach or be eligible for employment.

HB24-1136 Healthier Social Media Use by Youth

The bill adds measures to encourage healthier social media use by youth. This includes requiring the department of education to expand local student wellness programs to address the impacts of problematic technology use and create and maintain a resource bank of evidence-based, research-based, and promising program materials and curricula pertaining to the mental health impacts of social media use by children and teens. The bill also would require social media platforms to display a pop-up warning to users under the age of 18 when they have spent one-hour on the platform and/or is on the platform from the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The Chamber supports HB24-1136. The Denver Metro Chamber encourages the bi-partisan and collaborative effort to put parameters around social media for youth. We understand this stakeholder insights were heavily considered in an effort to ensure the bill remains effective but also realistic. We appreciate and encourage this approach to tech legislation.

HB24-1152 Accessory Dwelling Units

This is a bipartisan bill that aims to increase the number of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in Colorado through new requirements, grant programs and limiting permitting restrictions. The bill requires jurisdictions to allow, subject to an administrative approval process, one ADU to a single unit detached dwelling. The bill also prohibits qualifying jurisdictions from enacting or enforcing certain local laws that would restrict the construction or conversion of an accessory dwelling unit.

The Chamber Supports HB24-1152. We encourage a bipartisan effort to increase housing inventory and provide diverse options for Coloradans. This bill both incentivizes the construction or conversion of ADUs through grant programs and lowers the barrier to entry by limiting permit restrictions and local laws that would normally prohibit ADU construction. ADUs are a critical option for a diverse set of stakeholders, including the disabled community looking to stay close to their support systems and giving seniors the opportunity to age in place. While we understand this is not the only solution needed to address Colorado’s housing needs, this piece of legislation works to bring much needed housing inventory to market.

HB24-1157 Employee-Owned Business Office & Income Tax Credit

The bill creates the employee ownership office, which was originally created administratively by the governor in 2020, as a statutory entity within the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). The bill also creates an income tax credit for specified costs incurred by new employee-owned businesses, to be administered by the employee ownership office.

The Chamber supports HB24-1157. The Denver Metro Chamber is committed to helping Colorado businesses stay in Colorado. This bill helps enable employees to buy into or own preexisting businesses. We support HB24-1157 and will continue to prioritize opportunities and programs that further enable an ownership society.

HB24-1175 Local Governments Rights to Property for Affordable Housing

This bill creates two property rights with the goal of increasing the stock of affordable housing: a right of first refusal and a right of first offer. The bill requires the seller of multifamily rental properties that are considered existing affordable housing to give notice to the local government at least two years before the first expiration of an existing affordability restriction on the property and again when the seller takes certain actions as a precursor to selling the property. A local government also has the right of first offer to all other multifamily rental properties that are 20 years or older and have not more than 100 units and not less than five units in urban counties and three units in rural and rural resort counties.

The Chamber Opposes HB24-1175. While the Chamber believes addressing housing affordability is vital for workforce retention and recruitment, this bill would make capital investment less appealing, and therefore more difficult to build affordable housing stock. The most effective way to bring down housing costs is to support development in a meaningful way—cutting regulations, working to reform zoning, construction litigation reform, and incentivizing development professionals to invest and build in communities that need housing the most.

HB24-1230 Protections for Real Property Owners

The bill would expand the Construction Defect Actions Reform Act and the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. This includes removing the limitations on the legal rights or remedies that can be brought by the plaintiff, requiring prejudgment interest be awarded at a rate of 6% to the date of sale and 8% thereafter, and increasing the statute of limitations in which a claimant can bring a lawsuit from six years to 10 years.

The Chamber is opposed to HB24-1230. The Denver Metro Chamber is strongly opposed to HB24-1230, which is being brought by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. We believe in properly protecting Colorado homeowners, but current state policy has already created an overly litigious environment that has resulted in a severe lack of construction of condominiums and townhomes, a major factor in Colorado’s housing shortage. This legislation would exacerbate our housing crisis, taking the state in the opposite direction it needs to go to address the shortage of entry-level homes.

HB24-1237 Programs for the Development of Child Care Facilities

This is a bipartisan bill that creates three new four-year programs to be implemented by the division of housing in the department of local affairs to support and incentivize childcare facility development. The programs include the childcare facility development toolkit, technical assistance program, and the childcare facility development planning grant program. Each of these programs are created to incentivize and support local governments in identifying and making regulatory updates or improvements to community planning, development, building, zoning and other regulatory processes to support the development of childcare facilities.

The Chamber supports HB24-1237. Strengthening our workforce is the leading priority for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Finding affordable and accessible childcare is a critical challenge for working parents and is a factor for companies in determining whether to locate or grow in Colorado. This bill helps to fill this gap. By incentivizing community planning for family care, we help state and local communities to support and strengthen the local workforce.

HB24-1245 Fair Labor Practice Requirements for Broadband Projects

The bill would add requirements for projects that receive federal money for broadband deployment. The bill would require that these projects cannot give less than 25% weight to fair labor practices by establishing evaluation metrics for applicants.

The Chamber opposes HB24-1245. The Denver Metro Chamber supports fair labor practices; however, the federal government currently has effective fair labor practice requirements in place. Layering bureaucratic requirements on top of the federal fair labor practice requirements will heavily slow down the implementation of broadband projects. Closing the digital divide in rural Colorado is crucial for the further development and empowerment of citizens living beyond the front range, and these new requirements will inhibit this effort.

HB24-1260 Prohibition Against Employee Discipline

The bill prohibits an employer from requiring an employee to attend meetings, listen to speech or view communications concerning religious or political matters. The bill creates a private right of action of employees seeking lost wages, front pay, compensation, costs and attorney's fees should their employer violate this policy. Certain employer communications are exempt from the prohibition, including communications required by law or that are necessary for an employee to perform the employee's job duties. Lastly, each employer is required to post a notice of the employee rights outlined in the bill at the employer's workplace.

The Chamber opposes HB24-1260. The Denver Metro Chamber takes employee protection very seriously. However, we are concerned by the broad sweeping language within HB24-1260. The ambiguous language concerning what constitutes a political matter paired with a private right of action could lead to serious unintended consequences, impacting DEI efforts, volunteer programs with a faith component, and disincentivizing businesses from relocating to Colorado.

SB24-002 Local Government Property Tax Credits Rebates

Proposed in coordination with Colorado Counties Inc., this is a bi-partisan bill that grants local governments the authority to address community needs by establishing an incentive program to offer property tax credits or rebates to improve an area of specific local concern.

The Chamber supports SB24-002. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce is very supportive of the incentive-based approach to address needs of local concern, as well as bi-partisan collaboration enabling local governments to improve and address the unique needs of their communities.

SB24-041 Privacy Protections for Children's Online Data

This is a bipartisan bill from Senate leadership that adds several amendments to the Colorado Privacy Act to add enhanced protections when a minor's data is processed and there is a heightened risk of harm to the minor. This bill would apply to any Colorado business that controls consumer personal data (controller). A controller that offers an online service, product, or feature to a consumer that the controller either knows or willfully disregards is a minor is required to: 1) use reasonable care to avoid heightened risk of harm to minors, (2) conduct and review data protection assessment and maintain documentation regarding the assessment for a specific period, (3) unless the minor parent or legal guardian has consented, the controller is prohibited from processing a minor’s personal data for targeted advertising, selling personal data, or profiling the minor’s personal data, (4) controller is also prohibited from using a system design feature to prolong a minor’s use of the product or, 5) collecting a minor’s geolocation.

The Denver Metro Chamber has taken an amend position on SB24-041. The Denver Metro Chamber appreciates the critical need to protect children from online harm. In this effort, the Chamber supports clear, enforceable policy that enables business within Colorado to effectively comply with amendments to the Colorado Privacy Act (CPA) and appreciates the current stakeholder effort working to ensure that the increased protections to the CPA will not result in unintended consequences in the future.

SB24-050 Colorado Workforce Demonstration Grants Pilot Program

The bill creates the Colorado workforce demonstration grants pilot program in the office of economic development to provide grants to eligible workforce training providers in order to facilitate workforce training for eligible participants.

The Chamber supports SB25-050. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce supports investing in our workforce development and training programs. We encourage proven, evidence-informed workforce programs that result in stronger opportunities for future apprentices and trainees.

SB24-064 Monthly Residential Eviction Data & Report

This bill would require the judicial department to collect, compile, and publish aggregate residential eviction data for all forcible entry and detainer action by county.

The Chamber supports SB24-064. The Denver Chamber has noticed a rise in legislation that increases the barriers allowing landlords to lawfully evict tenets. The Chamber supports a thoughtful, data driven approach to policy making to ensure we are not over legislating an issue, leading to unintended consequences for our neighbors and local communities. We support the research and study of eviction data by county in the hopes policymakers can leverage the data to craft informed policy and make data-based decisions.

SB24-075 Transportation Network Company Transparency

This bill adds new transparency requirements and deactivation procedures for transportation network companies (TNCs). The bill requires a TNC operating in the state to provide disclosures to the TNC's drivers regarding payments that a consumer makes to the TNC and the amount that the TNC then pays to a driver. The TNC must also develop a driver deactivation policy, describing the TNC’s procedures for deactivating a driver from the TNC’s digital platform and disclose that policy to its drivers. On a semiannual basis, the TNC would be required to disclose the division of labor standards and statistics to the department of labor and employment information regarding transportation tasks completed and deactivation of drivers. Violation of the bill would lead to fines imposed by the division of labor standards.

The Chamber has taken an amend position to SB24-075. The Chamber supports the transportation network companies and their associated drivers that enable citizens have quick and easy access to downtown businesses, sporting events, jobs, etc. TNCs have been closely monitored and heavily regulated since their introduction to Colorado. We encourage a clear deactivation policy and ownership of related data, though we are concerned with adding superfluous regulatory barriers and bureaucracy to an already heavily regulated industry.

SB24-081 Perfluoroalkyl & Polyfluoroalkyl Chemicals

A bill that adds limitations to the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAs). Current law prohibits the sale or distribution of class B firefighting foam that contains PFAS chemicals. This bill repeals an exemption, prohibiting the use of PFAs for gasoline distribution facilities, refineries, and chemical plants as well as certain outdoor apparel or installing artificial turf that contains intentionally added PFAS. The bill also adds several new goods to the existing product phase-out timeline which prohibits the distribution of products in certain categories on and after certain dates. These products include certain cleaning products, cookware, dental floss, menstruation products, ski wax and textiles that contain PFAS.

The Chamber opposes SB24-081. The Denver Metro Chamber supports common-sense, practical approaches to the regulation of PFAS. We believe SB24-081 is an extreme bill that would dramatically impact Colorado’s access to critical products and goods such as various medical devices and equipment, including PPE. A bill this broad would affect all products containing PFAS of any kind in Colorado such as semiconductors; solar panels; firefighting foam; electronics including cell phones, laptops and tablets, etc. We implore the legislature to take a measured and thoughtful approach when targeting PFAS in order to avoid drastic unintended consequences.

SB24-085 Sales & Use Tax Rebate for Digital Asset Purchases

This is a bi-partisan bill that would allow data center operators to claim sales and use tax rebates in return for constructing data centers. Data center businesses or operators could claim a rebate for construction materials or data center equipment that is specifically for the construction or operation of the data center.

The Chamber Supports SB24-085. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce is supportive of the bi-partisan effort to encourage the development of data centers in Colorado. Though data centers themselves do not add many new jobs, they increase capital investment in the state, encouraging further economic development and job creation.

SB24-092 Cost Effective Energy Codes

This bill requires a cost-effective analysis to be made ahead of proposing new energy efficiency standards on or after Jan. 1, 2026. The analysis would use the existing energy efficiency standards and requirements as a baseline comparison and assess whether the proposed economic benefits of the proposed energy efficiency standards would exceed the economic costs of those standards.

The Chamber Supports SB24-092. The Denver Metro Chamber supports the analysis of the economic impact of newly proposed energy standards. The Chamber is supportive of reliable, realistic and implementable climate solutions. However, many businesses are unable to keep up with the cost of implementing the new solutions that are rolled out each year. We hope this bill will help accurately project the cost-benefit analysis of newly proposed energy solutions, helping policymakers consider the impacts of implementation on small and large businesses.

SB24-095 Air Quality Ozone Levels

This bill introduces new measures to address ozone levels in areas that do not meet federal ozone national ambient air quality standards. This includes a voucher program for owners of high-emitter vehicles that have unsuccessfully attempted to have the vehicle repaired to cure the noncompliance, a garden rebate program to increase the use of small electric motors used for outdoor power equipment, as well as expand the existing clean fleet enterprise programs to include light duty trucks, authorize a grant program to acquire clean vehicles and require a prioritization of grants to local governments. Lastly, the bill also requires the division of administration in the department of public health and environment to regularly perform photochemical modeling studies and data analysis designed to determine ambient air ozone levels and the effectiveness of policies for lowering ambient air ozone levels.

The Chamber supports SB24-095. The Denver Metro Chamber is supportive of thoughtfully crafted, data-driven legislation to reach a more sustainable future. In recent years, the state has adopted numerous air quality measures, and is considering additional measures this year. We support the approach to determine the effectiveness of previous environmental policy, so we can make informed decisions as we strive to achieve effective outcomes though Colorado policy. We are also supportive of incentive-based approaches, such as cash for clunkers that incentivize owners of high-emission vehicles to be able to afford better, more sustainable options.

SB24-106 Right to Remedy Construction Defects

This bill looks to make changes to certain aspects of the Construction Defect Action Reform Act. The proposed bill introduces a right to remedy option, in which condo owners and the contractors involved in the construction defects claim work bring in a neutral third party to resolve the matter by either doing remedial work or hiring another construction professional to perform the work before it is taken to court. In order to bring a claim, two-thirds of the actual owners of condominium units must provide their written consent. Under the act, claimants can only seek damages for 1) actual damage to real or personal property, 2) actual loss of the use of real or personal property, 3) bodily injury or wrongful death, and 4) a risk of bodily injury or death, thread to the life, health, or safety of the occupants.

The Chamber Supports SB24-106. The Denver Metro Chamber supports safeguarding homeowners from unfair business practices that could put their home and personal investment in jeopardy. However, the Construction Defect Reform Act’s has led to predatory and unfair lawsuits that result in harming Colorado’s ability to increase the stock of housing, which we desperately need. The Denver Metro Chamber supports making specific changes to certain aspects of the Construction Defect Reform Act, such as adding a pathway for remediation or requiring lawyers to prove damage or harm, which continue to protect homeowners while curbing predatory and unfair lawsuits.

SB24-112 Construction Defect Action Procedures

A bill that adds disclaimers and administrative processes to the Construction Defect Action Reform Act (CDARA). This includes items such as stating that a construction professional is not vicariously liable for the acts or omissions of a licensed design professional for any construction defects and adding a list of requirements in order to obtain the majority approval of the unit owners before initiating a construction defect action.

The Chamber supports SB24-112. The Denver Metro Chamber’s leading priority is to address the housing crisis by increasing the stock of housing for Coloradans. Colorado is an increasingly litigious environment to do business in - driving developers to avoid the risk of lawsuit by either staying out of residential projects or simply leaving the state. This bill addresses a major issue consistently brought up by industry professionals by raising the standard a plaintiff’s attorney must reach before bringing a lawsuit.

SB24-130 Noneconomic Damages Cap Medical Malpractice Actions

This bipartisan bill concerns raising the limits on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice actions. Existing law limits the amount recoverable for noneconomic damages in medical malpractice actions to $300,000. Starting Jan. 1, 2025, the bill incrementally increases the noneconomic damages limitation to $500,000 over five years.

The Chamber is in support of SB24-130. Colorado’s current cap on noneconomic damages is set in statute, requiring that those caps are periodically revisited. The Denver Metro Chamber supports raising noneconomic damages in medical malpractice actions from $300,000 to $500,000, while stressing that caps are critical to keeping the cost of insurance reasonable.

SB24-159 Mod to Energy & Carbon Management Processes

The bill would prohibit issuing new oil and gas permits after January 2030 and would add certain conditions to any permit that is issued after July 2024 to end certain operations of the well before December 2032. In addition to this, if the energy and carbon management commission determines the operations of a certain oil & gas well are adversely impacting the environment, the commission can issue an order requiring the responsible party to mitigate their impact. Noncompliance will result in the commission suing the impacting party.

The Chamber opposes SB24-159. Addressing greenhouse gas emissions is a priority for the metro area; however, this bill will have sweeping consequences on energy production and utilization in the state, leading Colorado to outsourcing our energy needs, and cause a dramatic hit to state & local funding. The Chamber is deeply concerned by potential repercussions of banning all new oil and gas permits and the economic impacts that would ripple out from eliminating a Colorado industry, including substantial job loss, higher energy costs for Coloradans and a potential $600 million hit to public education.