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2020 Legislative Session

Each session we take positions on current bills that stand to impact the business community and our economy, focusing on education and workforce, health and wellness and infrastructure. Guided by those focus areas, data and member feedback, our policy decisions are guided by a committee of members and our board of directors.

Have a question about a position we’ve taken? Call us at 303-620-8088 or email us at publicpolicy@denverchamber.org.

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Bill # Title Summary Position Justification Materials Pillars Status
HB20-1002 College Credit for Work Experience

This bill puts in place a multi-year plan to develop and implement a program that will award college credit for work-related experience including self-employment, internships and apprenticeships. By 2022, the process for the program must be created, and beginning with the 2023-24 academic year, the program must be implemented.

Our competitive advantage is our talented workforce, but if we don’t get more of our kids to and through college, we could jeopardize that advantage. This bill increases the value of work-based learning for students (something the Chamber is an advocate for), because those apprenticeships and internships will be tied to post-secondary credit, transferable to credentials.

HB20-1003 Rural Jump-start Zone Act Modifications

The Rural Jump Start program allows “Tax-friendly Zones” to be created in the state’s highly distressed counties. This bill extends the program for an additional five years. Businesses approved to locate in a rural jump-start zone are entitled to tax-friendly zone program benefits including income, sales and use and property tax credits as determined by the Colorado Economic Development Commission. It restricts the approval of a new business that directly competes with a similar business in the zone and adds economic development organizations, in addition to institutions of higher education, to entities that can participate in the program.

This bill provides targeted support in rural, distressed communities for job creation and business attraction. The Chamber supported the development of this program and is supportive of this legislative change to add economic development organizations as eligible entities for funding and amends restrictions on competition. It continues to support overall economic development for the state and increases the likelihood of approval for companies in rural areas.

HB20-1022 Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force

The Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force develops recommendations that streamline sales and use tax between the state and local government. This bill extends the authorization for the task force for an additional five years and removes the requirement that the task force undergo an evaluation by the Department of Regulatory Agencies prior to the task force’s repeal.

The current patchwork of sales and use tax laws throughout Colorado is particularly challenging for Colorado businesses. The recommendations derived from the sales and use tax task force are especially helpful to businesses with locations in multiple jurisdictions operating under multiple tax laws in Colorado.

HB20-1023 State Address Data for Sales and Use Tax Collection

This bill establishes a hold harmless provision for vendors who use the state’s geographic information system database to determine the jurisdictions to which their sales or use tax is owed and to calculate appropriate sales or use tax rates. It also requires the Department of Revenue to ensure accuracy and notify vendors when the database is verified as operational and available for use.

This bill comes out of the Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force and protects businesses that use the state’s geographic information system database to calculate their sales and use tax rates.

HB20-1024 Net Operating Loss Deduction Modifications

Under current law, Colorado businesses can carry forward their net operating loss deduction for the same number of years as allowed federally. The federal “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” enacted in 2017 removed the 20-year limit set previously to allow businesses to carry forward their deductions in perpetuity. This bill sets the Colorado limit to 20 years.

The Chamber is supportive of aligning with federal guidelines and is discussing the impacts of this bill with members.

HB20-1033 Live And Let Live Act

This bill will allow an employee to refuse to serve a customer based on their own religious beliefs.

The Chamber is committed to helping Colorado companies grow and thrive, attract new businesses and build a strong and healthy workforce. We advocate for policy that makes Colorado the best place to do business and oppose legislation that hinders our ability to do so. If passed, this bill will set Colorado back several decades and allow for rampant discrimination, sending a message that conflicts with the inclusive and collaborative culture the business community has worked hard to build and maintain here in Colorado. This bill would put our ability to attract top companies and workers at risk.

HB20-1048 Race Trait Hairstyle Anti-discrimination Protect

This bill protects against discrimination on the basis of hairstyle(s) historically associated with race.

The Chamber is committed to creating safe and inclusive workplaces for our employees and this bill supports those efforts.

HB20-1070 Local Government Liable Fracking Ban Oil and Gas Moratorium

This bill specifies that local governments that ban fracking are liable to the mineral owner for the value of the mineral and shall compensate oil and gas operators, mineral lessees and royalty owners for all costs, damages and losses associated with any moratorium placed on oil and gas activities.

The Chamber maintains a firm position that local fracking bans are unconstitutional. This bill recognizes the private property rights of mineral owners and compensates owners for the financial loss if they are precluded from accessing resources that belong to them.

HB20-1089 Employee Protection Lawful Off-duty Activities

This bill prohibits an employer from terminating an employee for the employee's off-duty activities that are lawful under state law even if those activities are not lawful under federal law.

The Chamber supports employers’ rights to maintain a drug-free workplace as upheld by the Colorado Supreme Court. This legislation undermines an employer’s ability to create that safe environment and, for certain employers, could cause them to violate federal law.