Colorado Employers Statement on SB 188 FAMLI Committee Hearing

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DENVER – Senate Bill 188, the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) bill, is currently being heard this afternoon in the State Senate. As of last night and this morning, state government agencies, schools, city and county governments, the House Chamber and the Denver International Airport all announced closures due to blizzard conditions.

Based on these circumstances, employers that have significant concerns with SB 188 and represent millions of workers across the state have released the following statement:

“Unfortunately, many witnesses representing public and private sector employers and employees across the state were unable to travel to the capitol due to the safety risks involved. It was their intent to speak directly to the Senate Committee on Business, Labor and Technology and they are disappointed that they were unable to provide input and ask and answer questions on this bill – a proposal that would have a major impact on all employees and businesses.

Since there is plenty of time remaining to hear this bill, and no reason to risk the health and safety of individuals when we could bring in proper PPE safety signage and other measures to assist, employers welcome the opportunity to continue to address some of the problematic provisions of the legislation and explain that while we support paid family leave for employees, it can be adopted in a manner that works for employers and employees.”

This coalition will provide testimony on SB 188 on behalf of the Colorado business community as it moves through the process. Coalition members signing on to this statement are listed below:

  • Jefferson County Business Lobby
  • Colorado Women’s Alliance
  • South Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • InterMountain Rural Electric Association
  • Jefferson County Econ. Dev. Corp
  • National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • Colorado Contractors Association
  • Colorado Restaurant Association
  • Colorado Bankers Association
  • Colorado Retail Council
  • Denver South EDP
  • Jefferson County Business Alliance
  • Colorado Farm Bureau
  • Associated Builders & Contractors
  • Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mtn
  • GreenCo
  • Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC
  • Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce
  • Vail Valley Partnership


  • Colorado Chamber of Commerce
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Colorado Competitive Council (C3)
  • Colorado Municipal League (CML)
  • Special District Association of Colorado
  • CO-WY Petroleum Marketers Association
  • Douglas County Business Alliance
  • West Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
  • Michael McCarron-Owner Lakeside Insurance
  • Colorado Bioscience Association
  • Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Assoc.
  • Pueblo Chamber of Commerce
  • Arvada Chamber of Commerce
  • Colorado Hospital Association (CHA)
  • Aurora Chamber of Commerce
  • Westminster Chamber of Commerce
  • Colorado Association of Mechanical & Plumbing Contractors


The Colorado Chamber was created in 1965 based on the merger of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association. It is the only business association in Colorado that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. As a private, non-profit organization, the Colorado Chamber’s work is funded solely by its members.