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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

Legislation to Allow Beer and Wine Sales Introduced
Earlier this week a bill was introduced in an effort to head off the ballot proposal to allow beer and wine sales in grocery stores this fall. This is a hotly contested issue and the Chamber has members on both sides of it. The bill’s chances of passage are unclear. To learn more about the effort and the controversy click here.

News from Our Lawmakers
Our lawmakers regularly dispense their own newsletters via email to constituents with news from under the dome. Click here, to view Representative Thurlow’s email released today.

Upcoming Events

The last Legislative Videoconference of the Session is scheduled for May 3rd, 7:00 AM in Room 213 of the CMU University Center.

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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