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Standoff in General Assembly Impacts Unrelated Passage of Bills that Concern CTA Business Community

Friday, May 11, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Catharine Lurie
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Standoff in Colorado General Assembly Impacts Unrelated Passage of Bills that Concern CTA Business Community - Triggers Special Session by Governor John Hickenlooper
Date:  5.11.2012

Governor John Hickenlooper has called a Special Session of the Colorado General Assembly to begin on Monday, May 14th.  The call comes on the heels of a standoff between House Republicans and Democrats over the issue of civil unions in which numerous unrelated bills of interest to the business community were left stranded on the calendar resulting in their defeat.  

Two of the seven specific subjects that the Governor included in his call as topics that should be considered in the Special Session that Colorado Technology Association (CTA) is concerned about are:

• Administration of the unemployment insurance program to stabilize unemployment insurance rates, facilitating the issuance of unemployment revenue bonds and accelerating the creation of the Division of Unemployment Insurance in the Department of Labor and Employment

• Creating "benefit corporations” in Colorado

CTA is engaged during the Special Session on the passage of these bills.

Much has been reported about the standoff and the collateral damage to unrelated bills impacting business interests.  The specific bills on the CTA legislative dashboard that were killed as a result of this development and will not be addressed during the Special Session include: 

SB12-005 - by Senator(s) Newell; also Representative(s) Massey-- Concerning the creation of the Colorado business retention and expansion program.
CTA Position:  Support

HB12-1309 - by Representative(s) Swalm and Looper, Holbert, Barker, Coram, Joshi, Kerr J., Murray; also Senator(s) King K.-- Concerning the requirement that all employers in the state verify the work eligibility status of new employees through the federal electronic verification program.
CTA Position:  Oppose

SB12-104   - by Senator(s) Cadman, Shaffer B.; also Representative(s) Szabo--Concerning a study of the cost of regulatory compliance for businesses in Colorado.
CTA Position:  Support

SB 12-083 - by Senator(s) Scheffel; also Representative DelGrosso -- Concerning dynamic modeling to analyze the fiscal impact of proposed legislation.
CTA Position:  Support

We invite you to join us at our next Public Policy Forum to hear an legislative session report out along with an overview of our strategy for 2013.  Public Policy Forum, Wednesday, 5/30/12 at 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM  Register at:

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