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April 22, 2016


GVDD Fees
The Board continues to look at options for addressing this fee action which unfairly burdens the business community and negatively impacts the local economy. The Grand Junction Chamber Executive Committee took formal action to not pay the fees assessed on the Chamber property by the Grand Valley Drainage District earlier this month. Members are reminded that these bills are not due until the end of May. 

Members who are registered voters, own property and live in District 1 of the GVDD, an area from 20 Road west to Kiefer Extension (approximately 12 Road), and from the Colorado River north to the Grand Valley Highline Canal will have an opportunity to vote for one of three positions on the board of GVDD on May 3rd. Ballots will be cast by paper ballot between the hours of 7 AM and 7 PM at the GVDD offices, 722 23 Road. Candidates are Cody Davis and Tad Hutchins. To view the Drainage District map, click here.

Action Taken on Seven Bills
The Legislative Session is winding down but the Governmental Affairs Committee is as busy as ever. At their meeting earlier this week they took the following actions on behalf of the Chamber:

Bills Supported:
HB16-1372 Work Opportunity Tax Credit
HB16-1425 Immunization Records for Temporary Daycare
HB16-1433 Retain and Reserve Severance Tax Dollars
HB16-1337 Appellate Process for Decisions about Groundwater

Bills Opposed:
HB16-1403 Colorado Secure Savings Plan
HB16-1430 Local Government Drilling Plans
HB16-1435 Corporate Responsibility Act


Governmental Affairs Videoconference April 19th

The Madsen Group of Merrill Lynch will be our sponsor for the April 19th Legislative Videoconference. The meeting will be held at 7:00 AM in CMU’s University Center in Room 213.  


Women in the Colorado Legislature
According to Colorado Public Radio, Colorado has the highest number of female state legislators per capita in the nation at 42%. In Wyoming that percentage translates to just 13% as there is but one women in the Wyoming Senate at the moment. To read more, click here.

Energy Briefing Features Update on Jordan Cove Project
Proponents of the Jordan Cove LNG project officially appealed a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week to deny their permit. While Jordan Cove is the most familiar term for this effort a key component is the pacific connector, and extension of pipelines to carry the natural gas from this area to the West Coast. Representatives will be presenting an update on both projects at the Chamber Energy Briefing, Tuesday, April 19th, 12:00 PM at the Museum of Western Colorado Whitman Education Center, 4th and Ute. To register, click here. To learn more about the pacific connector, click here

Legislative Wrap Up Breakfast May 18th
The Chamber’s annual Legislative Wrap Up Breakfast, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank will be held on May 18th, 7:30 AM at the Clarion Inn. This annual end of the session meeting will feature perspectives from lawmakers and the opportunity for Chamber members to thank them for their service to our community. To register for the event, which includes breakfast click here.

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