Statement by the Colorado Chamber on Amended Paid Family Leave Bill

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DENVER – The Colorado Chamber of Commerce released the following statement from Loren Furman, senior vice president of state and federal relations, regarding the amended Senate Bill 188 that passed second reading on the Senate floor this evening:

“Our opposition to SB 188 has never been based on the concept of paid family leave – it’s been about striking a balance between employees and employers, ensuring any program is financially sound, and allowing for flexibility rather than a one-size-fits-all program.

“We appreciate the bill sponsor’s efforts to amend SB 188 in a way that thoughtfully approaches the issue of paid family leave while taking into account the concerns of the business community. The task force being created through this amendment is an effective way to explore alternatives to the program, and task force members will have the opportunity to identify all affordable, financially responsible options moving forward.”



The Colorado Chamber of Commerce was created in 1965 based on the merger of the Colorado Chamber 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.