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Oil and Gas Local Control Initiative 75 Moves Forward

By Steve Raabe The Denver Post Posted:   05/23/2014 04:11:00 PM MDT Initiative 75, one of the most contentious of the 11 oil and gas local-control ballot initiatives looking to get on the fall ballot, has received judicial approval to begin gathering petition signatures. The measure, backed by Colorado Community Rights Network, would give local […]


Sick-leave bill opens floodgates for complex late measures at Colorado Legislature

April 15, 2014, Ed Sealover There are just 23 days remaining in this session of the Colorado Legislature. So, of course, it seems appropriate that some of the most long-awaited and complicated bills are just now being introduced — with legislative leaders promising there are more to arrive in the coming days. For example, state […]


Business personal property tax break bill coming — but in smaller form

Mar 4, 2014, Ed Sealover The curtain goes up this week on the most anticipated business personal property tax reform bill of the 2014 Colorado Legislature — but the measure will have a smaller scope than sponsors originally expected. When Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley, first discussed his plans with the Denver Business Journal in December, […]


2014 Legislative Session Expected to be a Busy One

CACI anticipates that the upcoming Legislative session will be a very busy one. Several legislative proposals are already in the hopper that will have an impact on Colorado businesses. CACI has compiled a list of potential bills according to each CACI policy council issue area.


Legislation to Change Workers Compensation Benefits Set for 2014 Legislative Session

By Loren Furman CACI Senior Vice President State and Federal Relations During the legislature’s 2014 session, legislation will be introduced that will modify current law addressing worker’s compensation benefits for injured workers. The legislation is being advocated by the AFL–CIO and would change the current workers’ compensation system, which was reformed in 1991 through negotiations […]


New Mexico governor pushes pro-business message in Denver

At a time when Colorado is weighing a ballot measure to raise state income-tax rates to fund education, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez offered a message in Denver on Wednesday on the benefits of lowering them. Martinez, speaking before the annual meeting luncheon of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, said she inherited a […]


Timmons: Colorado energy plays key role in national manufacturing

I missed Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, when he spoke recently at a meeting with the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI). But he graciously took a few minutes to chat by phone about the importance of manufacturing in Colorado, the federal governmentýs role in the sector ý and how Colorado natural gas is helping fuel domestic manufacturing in the United States.


Senator Morgan Carroll Elected Senate President

Senate Democrats Elect Senator Carroll as President, Senator Heath as Majority Leader October 11–On Wednesday, the 18-member Senate Democratic Caucus elected Senator Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora), the Majority Leader, to be the Senate President when the legislature convenes in January. Senator Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) was elected Majority Leader. The Democrats now control the Senate by one […]


Wage Theft Legislation Anticipated for 2013 Legislative Session

During the past week, CACI member Dan Block, an employment attorney with the Law Firm of Robinson, Waters & O’Dorisio, P.C., Larry Hudson, contract lobbyist for CACI, and Loren Furman, CACI, met with the sponsors and proponents of House Bill 1227 (Wage Theft), which died during the 2013 Legislative Session. The sponsors and proponents shared their […]