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April 6, 2018

Governmental Affairs Committee Update:
On Tuesday morning, after the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee received updates from the state capitol from Senator Ray Scott, Senator Don Coram, Representative Dan Thurlow, and Representative Yeulin Willett, the committee took action on the following bills:

Chamber Supports:
SB18-193 Limit State Agency Occupational Regulations 
HB18-1316 Extend Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Programs

Chamber Opposes:
HB18-1311 Single Geographic Rating Are Individual Health Plan 
HB18-1215 Safe Disposal Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material
HB18-1312 Open Internet Customer Protections in Colorado

Chamber is Monitoring:
SB18-178 Similar Coverage Independent Commercial Vehicles 
HB18-1308 Workers’ Compensation Out of State Workers Temporarily in Colorado

If you have a bill you would like the committee to consider, contact
The next legislative videoconference will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 am, at the Chamber in the lower conference room. Click here to register online. Thank you to videoconference sponsor: Xcel Energy.  

Colorado Senate Approves State Budget:
On Thursday, the Colorado Senate approved a $28.9 billion state budget by a 26-8 vote, after a two-day debate. Lawmakers approved millions of dollars of new spending on various projects, including increased funding for rural broadband, affordable housing and school security. The Senate rejected a proposed plan from the House to earmark the bulk of the transportation funding for local governments and multi-modal transportation, while also restoring $750,000 for funding incentives for the film industry. The annual budget is now headed to a conference committee, that will have to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions. For more information, click here.  

State Attorney General Urges Colorado Supreme Court to Relax Rules on Oil and Gas:
On Tuesday, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced that the state reached a settlement with numerous tobacco companies over disputes regarding the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). Colorado is set to receive around $107 million on April 19, 2018, as a result of the settlement. This $107 million is in addition to the annual MSA payment of $75 million, that will be received on the same day. Once the settlement money is received, it will be absorbed into the general fund, leaving the legislature to determine how it will be used. To read more, click here.

Mesa County Leadership Summit on April 18th:
Join the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce for the Mesa County Leadership Summit on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. The Leadership Summit will feature Bitwise Industries co-found, Jake Soberal, who will share his story of success and how he didn't just  get involved, but affected real change in his community. The Leadership Summit will be held at the Two Rivers Convention Center, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. To register, click here.

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