On Tuesday, February 11th, the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee received updates from the state capitol from Senator Scott, Representative Rich and Representative Soper. The committee also took action on the following bills:
HB20-1053-Support For Early Childhood Educator Workforce
Rationale: Access to quality childcare is extremely important to our workforce. This bill would allow people seeking an early childhood education credential to put professional experience toward it, direct state agencies to streamline credentialing requirements and create a scholarship program for people going into the field, thus enabling more people to enter the early education field.
HB20-1109-Tax Credit Employer Contributions to Employee 529s Rationale: This bill incentives employers to invest in professional and educational development for our workforce, giving companies a competitive edge to recruit and retain employees, while also ensuring workforce can meet demands, and access the knowledge required to fill jobs necessary to our economic success.
SB20-094-Plug-in Electric Motor Vehicle Registration Fees
Rationale: This bill will generate additional revenue for transportation in the state by imposing registration fees on plug-in electric vehicles.
HB20-1025 -Sales Tax Exemption Industrial and Manufacturing Energy Use
Rationale: This bill would substantially increase cost for businesses because they would need to meter every room to separate those that are directly tied to manufacturing and those that are not, making it cost prohibitive.
HB20-1169-Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation Rationale: This proposal would upend the labor peace act and prohibit any employer from creating a union shop potentially setting off an unintended confrontation between labor and business.
SB20-080-Consumer Protection Act Damages
Rationale: This bill will result in an increase of unnecessary and expensive lawsuits, making it significantly more difficult for businesses to operate in Colorado.
SB20-093-Consumer and Employee Dispute Resolution Fairness
Rationale: This bill would make it extremely difficult to enforce binding arbitration clauses in consumer and employment contracts, which could result in an increase of unnecessary litigation, increasing costs for businesses and consumers.
SB20-109- Short-term Rentals Property Tax
Rationale: This bill reclassifies and redefines short-term rental units, which will result in an increase on property taxes for many residential rental properties that are popular with some segments of the tourism market.
SB20-138-Consumer Protection Construction Defect Time Period
Rationale: This bill increases the likelihood of litigation, driving up building costs and making for-sale housing more expensive.
If you have a bill you would like the committee to consider, contact email@example.com.
The next legislative video conference will be held on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 am, at the Chamber in the FCI Board room. Thank you to videoconference sponsor: Entrada Consulting Group.