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Local Minimum-Wage Bill Dies in Senate Committee

Yesterday, a Republican-controlled Senate committee on a party-line 3-to-2 vote killed a House Democrat bill that would have allowed local governments to increase the minimum wage within their jurisdictions above that of the state minimum wage.

The CACI-opposed bill, HB-1368, died before the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

Sonia Riggs, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Restaurant Association, a CACI member, testified before the Committee against the bill.  She also spoke on behalf of CACI.

The Senate sponsors were Senator Mike Merrifield (D-Colorado Springs) and Senator Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City).  The House sponsors were Representative Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat  Ridge) and Representative Jevon Melton (D-Aurora).

The measure was advocated by such liberal organizations as The Bell Policy Center and The Colorado Center on Law and Policy.  Similar proposals have died in past sessions.

The minimum-wage, local-control issue will likely play a role in legislative elections this year and return to the 2019 session of the legislature.

HB-1368 is part of a package of bills this session—as in past sessions–targeting the “income gap” advocated by the House Democrats, which statehouse participants and analysts call “messaging bills,” that are aimed at motivating the party’s base during an election year.

As such, the bills are opposed by most business organizations, including CACI, the Colorado Chamber of Commerce.  In one way or another, these bills would increase the cost of doing business in Colorado.

Here’s the legislature’s summary of the introduced bill:

Summary of Legislation

Current state law prevents local governments from enacting minimum wage laws separate from those of the state.  This bill repeals that provision and allows units of local government to establish minimum wages for individuals performing work while physically present within their jurisdictions through their governing body, an initiative, or referendum.

Background

Colorado’s minimum wage.  Prior to 2007, Colorado’s minimum wage law was set by federal law.  In 2006, Colorado voters adopted an amendment to the state constitution that raised the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $6.85 per hour beginning in 2007, and from $2.13 to $3.02 less than the state minimum wage for tipped workers.  In 2016, Colorado voters again amended the state constitution to increase the state minimum wage from $8.31 to $9.30 per hour beginning on January 1, 2017, after which it increases annually by $0.90 per hour until it reaches $12.00 per hour on January 1, 2020.  Beginning January 1, 2021, it will be adjusted each year thereafter by the increase in the Consumer Price Index.  The federal minimum wage is currently set at $7.25 per hour, and $2.13 for tipped workers.

The bill’s Fiscal Note also provided an analysis of the introduced bill, which was not amended in the House.

For information on HB-1368, contact Loren Furman, CACI Senior Vice President, State and Federal Relations, at 303.866.9642.

For more information on this bill and news media coverage, read:

Colorado Senate Committee kills effort to let cities, counties raise minimum wage,” by Ed Sealover, The Denver Business Journal, May 4th.

House Democrats; Local Minimum Wage Increase Bill set for Senate Committee Hearing,” CACI Colorado Capitol Report, May 1st.


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Legislative Agenda

Below is a list of bills and their status on which The State Chamber Policy Councils have taken positions. For more information on the bills, contact Loren Furman, Senior Vice President, State and Federal Relations, at 303.866.9642.

Health Care Council Bills Bill Title/Description Council Position
HB 1007 by Rep. Kennedy & Sen. Lambert Substance Use Disorder Payment & CoverageMonitor/Passed
HB 1009 by Rep. Roberts & Sen. DonovanDiabetes Drug Pricing Transparency Act 2018Oppose/Dead
HB 1097 by Reps. Catlin, Danielson & Sens. Coram, Todd Patient Choice Of PharmacyOppose/Dead
HB 1279 by Rep. Esgar & Sens. Priola, MorenoElectronic Prescribing Controlled SubstancesSupport/Dead
HB 1311 by Reps. Rankin, HamnerSingle Geographic Rating Area Individual Health PlanOppose/Dead
HB 1358 by Reps. Foote, Beckman & Sens. Lundberg, AguilarHealth Care Charges Billing Required DisclosuresOppose/Dead
HB 1370 by Reps. Esgar, Singer & Sen. JahnDrug Coverage Health Plan Oppose as Introduced/Dead
HB 1392 by Reps. Kennedy, Rankin & Sens. Coram, DonovanState Innovation Waiver Reinsurance ProgramOppose/Dead
SB 136 by Neville & Reps. Kraft-Tharp, SiasHealth Insurance Producer Fees And Fee DisclosureSupport/Signed by Governor
SB 023 by Sen. Martinez Humenik & Rep. Ginal Promote Off-label Use Pharmaceutical ProductsOppose/Dead

 

Tax Council Bills Bill Title/DescriptionCouncil Position
HB 1022 by Reps. Sias, Kraft-Tharp & Sen. Jahn, Requiring DOR to do RFI for Sales Tax Simplification SystemSupport/Signed by Governor
HB 1185 by Reps. Kraft-Tharp, Wist & Sens. Neville, MorenoMarket Sourcing For Business Income Tax ApportionmentSupport/Passed
HB 1036 by Rep. Leonard & Sen. NevilleReduction of Business Personal Property TaxSupport/Dead
HB 1201 by Rep. Thurlow & Sen. Coram Severance Tax Voter-Approved Revenue ChangeSupport w/ Amendment/Dead
HB 1387 by Rep. Rankin & Sen. Moreno Eliminate Oil & Gas Abatement Refund InterestOppose/Dead

 

Labor & Employment
Council Bills
Bill Title/DescriptionCouncil Position
HB 1001 by Reps. Winter, Gray & Sens.
Fields, Donovan
Family and Medical Leave Insurance ProgramOppose/Dead
HB 1033 by Rep. Weissman & Sen. CoramEmployee Leave To Participate In Elections Neutral/Dead
HB 1067 by Reps. Melton, SalazarRight To Rest Act Oppose/Dead
HB 1128 by Reps. Wist, Bridges & Sens. Lambert, CourtProtections For Consumer Data Privacy Neutral as Amended
HB 1250 by Reps.Kraft-Tharp, Sias & Sen. PriolaAnalysis to Improve Compliance With Rules By BusinessSupport/Passed
HB 1256 by Reps. Duran, Herod & Sen. Gardner Sunset Continue Civil Rights Division And CommissionSupport as Amended
HB 1261 by Rep. WeissmanColorado Arbitration Fairness ActOppose/Dead
HB 1262 by Reps. Jackson & Roberts Arbitrations Services Provider Transparency ActOppose/Dead
HB 1298 by Reps. Pettersen, Bridges & Sens. Donovan, ToddColorado Secure Savings PlanOppose/Dead
HB 1368 by Reps. Danielson, Melton & Sens. Merrifield, MorenoLocal Control Of Minimum WageOppose/Dead
HB 1377 by Reps. Coleman, PettersenProhibit Seeking Salary InformationOppose/Dead
HB 1378 by Reps. Danielson, Buckner & Sens. Donovan, FieldsEqual Pay For Equal Work Act Oppose/Dead
SB 44 by Sen. Crowder & Rep. Landgraf Veterans Employment Preference By Private Employer Neutral/Dead
SB 178 by Sen. Smallwood & Rep. Kraft-TharpSimilar Coverage Independent Commercial VehiclesSupport/Passed
SB 193 by Sen. CoramLimit State Agency Occupational RegulationsOppose/Dead

 

Energy & Environment
Council Bills
Bill Title/DescriptionCouncil Position
HB 1071 by Rep. Salazar Regulate Oil Gas Operations Protect Public SafetyOppose/Dead
HB 1157 by Reps. Becker, Singer Increased Reporting Oil And Gas Incidents

Oppose/Dead
HB 1215 by Rep. ArndtSafe Disposal Naturally Occur Radioactive Material Oppose As Introduced/Dead
HB 1271 by Reps. Gray, Willett & Sen. TateUC Electric Utilities Economic Development RatesSupport/Passed
HB 1274 by Reps. Becker, Bridges & Sen. KerrReduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050Oppose/Dead
HB 1289 by Reps. Foote, Young & Sen. JonesExempt Local Gov’t School Districts Statutory PoolingOppose/Dead
HB 1297 by Reps. Winter, Pettersen & Sen. DonovanClimate Change Preparedness & Resiliency Oppose/Dead
HB 1301 by Reps. Roberts, McLachlanProtect Water Quality Adverse Mining ImpactsOppose/Dead
HB 1352 by Reps. Foote, Gray & Sens. Jones, Aguilar Oil And Gas Facilities Distance From School Property Oppose/Dead
HB 1400 by Reps. Becker, McKean & Sens. Scott, JahnIncrease Fees Stationary Sources Air PollutantsSupport/Passed
HB 1419 by Reps. Foote, Jackson & Sens.Jones, KefalasOil Gas Operators Disclosures Wellhead IntegrityOppose/Dewad
SB 009 by Sens. Priola, Fenberg Allow Electric Utility Customers Energy Storage EquipmentNeutral/Signed by Governor
SB 047 by Sen. Marble & Rep. SaineRepeal Tax Credits Innovative VehiclesOppose/Dead
SB 063 by Sen. Jones & Rep. Benavidez Oil Gas Higher Financial Assurance Reclamation RequirementsOppose/Dead
SB 064 by Sen. Jones & Rep. FooteRequire 100% Renewable Energy By 2035 Oppose/Dead
SB 167 by Sens. Scott, Donovan & Reps. Winter, Saine Enforce Requirements 811 Locate Underground Facilities Neutral/Passed
SB 230 by Sen. Marble & Rep. SaineModify Laws Drilling Units Pooling Orders Support/Passed
SB 245 by Sen. CookeAllow Natural Occurring Radioactive Material RulesSupport/Passed

 

Governmental Affairs
Council Bills
Bill Title/DescriptionCouncil Position
SB 062 by Sen. MorenoSnow Removal Service Liability LimitationOppose/Passed
SB 230 by Sen. Marble & Rep. SaineModify Laws Drilling Units Pooling OrdersSupport/Passed
HB 1392 by Reps. Kennedy, Rankin & Sens. Coram, DonovanState Innovation Waiver Reinsurance ProgramOppose/Dead
HB 1128 by Reps. Wist, Bridges & Sens. Court, LambertProtections For Consumer Data PrivacySupport as Amended
SCR 004 by Sens.Grantham, FenbergCongressional Redistricting Support/Passed
SCR 005 by Sens.Grantham, FenbergLegislative RedistrictingSupport/Passed

 

General Business Issues Bills Bill Title/DescriptionCouncil Position
SB 001 by Sens. Cooke, Baumgardner & Reps Carver, Buck Transportation Infrastructure FundingSupport/Passed