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February 12, 2016

Being the Voice of Business
This week the Chamberís Government Affairs Committee met with lawmakers to discuss what is happening at the State Capitol. The committee took a position to support SB16-067, Broadband Personal Property Tax Exemption. The exemption is applicable to future investments and has the potential to generate economic development while making Western Colorado more competitive in attracting new and larger businesses.
For a complete list of bills that the Chamber is following click here.

An Acceptable Question
The Chamber opposes HB16-1166, Prohibit Seeking Salary History for Job Applicants, which would require an employer to abstain from asking a job applicant about their salary history. This bill attempts to micro-manage the employer/employee relationship and would subject employers, regardless of size, to the increased penalties of HB13-1136 for asking a question traditionally asked in the hiring process. If passed this bill would deem all violations as a discriminatory or unfair employment practice. 

The Chamber Gets Results!
The GJACC joined at least 40 other petitioners nationally on an amicus curia ("friend of the court") brief which was drafted pro bono. The multiplier effect was successful since the U.S. Supreme Court has blocked implementation of the federal Clean Power Plan (CPP). Those in opposition to the CPP question the legality and fairness of the legislative measure and claim that its impacts are economically destructive. Click here for more information. 

Rural Colorado Wants Remote Testimony Too
The Chamber has enjoyed being able to use the remote testimony feature to hold videoconferences with our elected officials while they are in session at the Capitol. Now, rural areas of the state are following our lead as HB16-1139 would allow for rural legislators to more easily and economically engage in the legislative process during the interim by using the technology set up to allow remote testimony. Click here to read the bill.

23rd Annual Legislative Days at the Capitol
Join the Chamber for its 23rd Annual Legislative Days at the Capitol, February 25-26, 2016. The Broker has been booked and the legislators are lining up. Many speakers are set to address the Chamber group on issues important to business such as transportation and broadband availability. The total cost for this trip, which includes bus transportation, all meals and hotel accommodations is $375 for single occupancy or $350 for double occupancy. Register online at or by calling 970.242.3214. 

Another Reason to Shop Local
Senator Ray Scott recently educated the Chamberís Governmental Affairs Committee about online retailer Amazonís decision to collect Colorado sales tax on purchases effective February 1, 2016. In 2010, a measure passed allowing a sales tax on internet purchases. Further dialogue with Amazon leads some to believe that it may be considering establishing a distribution center in Colorado. Read more >>>

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