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Governor Signs Renewable-Energy Mandate Increasing Rural Electricity Costs

On Wednesday, Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-252, the highly controversial bill that doubles the renewable-energy mandate for rural-electric cooperatives. At the same time, the Governor issued an Executive Order for an analysis of the bill’s deadline and cost. Link to pdf of executive order CACI had asked the Governor to veto the bill, and the veto-request letter […]


Governor Signs Bills that CACI Lobbied

Over the last few weeks, Governor John Hickenlooper has signed into law legislation, detailed below, on which CACI lobbied and that involved the work of CACI members who serve CACI’s policy councils. CACI members with questions regarding these bills should contact Loren Furman, CACI Senior Vice President, State and Federal Relations, or Carly West, CACI […]


Colorado Supreme Court Rejects Lobato Argument

On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling in the historically, politically important case of Lobato vs. State of Colorado Board of Education, deciding that the state’s K-12 education funding mechanism is indeed constitutional, thus reversing a lower trial court’s decision that it was not. CACI joined 13 other business organizations in […]


CACI: Political Balance Needed

CACI Reviews Legislative Session: Political Balance Needed Following the end of the 2013 legislative session on May 8th, Loren Furman, CACI Senior Vice President, State and Federal Relations, has been speaking to groups across the state to share her general thoughts about the session and its impact on employers. Last Friday, Loren spoke to the […]


Acrimonious 2013 Session Comes to an End

Reflections on the 2013 Legislative Session . . .  May 10, 2013  As they say in Hollywood, “It’s a wrap!” The first session of the 39th Colorado General Assembly ended Monday shortly before 4 p.m., with many of the lawmakers and lobbyists retiring to Stoney’s Bar and Grill at 11th and Broadway to celebrate. CACI […]


Business counts up wins, losses as Colorado legislative session ends

The 2013 legislative session clearly wasn’t good for business, but it could have been a lot worse. Five bills that would have ramped up regulation on the oil and gas industry died in the last week of the 120-day General Assembly, as did a late-session measure that would have aided union members in defensive-employer lockouts. […]


Hickenlooper signs Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday signed House Bill 1136, also known as the Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act of 2013. The new law “expands available remedies for workers to recover compensatory and punitive damages from employers who have intentionally engaged in discriminatory practices,” Hickenlooper said. The damage awards are limited to $10,000 for […]


Hickenlooper pressured to veto some business measures

Business groups — unable to persuade Democrats to kill or significantly amend bills they consider bad for private companies — are asking Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto as many as five Democrat-sponsored bills that could land on his desk. Begging a Democratic governor to go against his own party isn’t new. Business leaders did that nearly every […]


Colorado lawmakers pull plug on union lockout bill

Grocery workers will not be able to receive unemployment benefits during defensive lockouts this year, after the sponsor of a bill to make that major change to state labor law killed her proposal Friday rather than pass it and have it get vetoed by Gov.John Hickenlooper. Sen. Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, said that while it was tough to give […]


Who’s got the best approach to create jobs in Colorado?

Statehouse Democrats and Republicans are both pushing so-called “jobs bills” this legislative session, but the two parties take fundamentally different approaches to the issue. Business groups wonder how many jobs will actually be created by legislation still under consideration. House Democrats define “jobs bills” broadly as those that help foster economic development, connect people to […]