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January 28, 2016

Being the Voice of Business
This week the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee took action on the following bills:

HB16-1001
State Contractor Certify Compliance with Equal Pay Laws (Oppose)
HB16-1002 Employee Leave Attend Child's Academic Activities (Oppose)
HB16-1020 No Drones Near Airports Or Jails (Oppose) 
HB16-1114 Repeal Duplicate Reporting Requirements (Support)
HB16-1119 Modifies the Number of Days After Purchase that Sales and Use Tax Exemptions Apply to Aircraft Purchases (Support)
SB16-054  Local Government Minimum Wage (Oppose)

For a complete list of bills that the Chamber is following click here.

If you have a bill that you would like the Chamber to consider, please contact Sherri at sdavis@gjchamber.org.  The next meeting of the committee is February 9th, 7:00 AM, Room 213 University Center.  Thank you to videoconference sponsor Rocky Mountain Health Plans


Pinnacol Looks at Multi State Presence
Pinnacol Assurance will be proposing legislation that would allow it to form a subsidiary to offer workers' compensation insurance in neighboring states. This is designed to meet the needs of employers who operate in several states and must now purchase separate policies for its workforce stationed outside Colorado. To learn more about the proposal, click here.

More on Transportation Funding Proposals
Last week LegisLinks discussed the various proposals that are being considered to address the lack of funding for transportation in Colorado. This week the Denver Post provided more background information on an issue that is of paramount importance to businesses. Click here to read the article.

Swartout and Sobanet Confirmed for Legislative Trip
John Swartout, Senior Advisor to Governor Hickenlooper and Henry Sobanet, Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget have both been confirmed as speakers for the Chamber’s Annual Trip to the Capital slated for February 25th and 26th. The room block will be expiring in early February so reservations are requested as quickly as possible. To register, click here.

Market Analysis for Development of Event Arena
Hunden Strategic Partners was engaged by the City of Grand Junction to analyze the market opportunity for a new arena in downtown Grand Junction. The financial feasibility of any such project will depend on the participation of local companies and organizations via the purchase or lease of premium suites, club seating, naming rights, entitlement rights, and advertising/signage. The purpose of this survey to gauge the interest of local companies in these types of opportunities. Click here to take the survey.   

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