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COLORADO POLITICS: Task force delivers report to the Colorado Legislature on paid family leave

The day before the commencement of the General Assembly, a special task force delivered a report on how the state could offer more workers paid family and medical leave if lawmakers create an insurance program administered by the state.

The Legislature opted for the report last year, when a bill to create the program stalled out against opposition from business groups, as well as the skepticism from Gov. Jared Polis, who ultimately would have to sign legislation.

Read the full report by clicking here.

“It’s very clear from the work that that task force did over six months clearly demonstrated that this is not a simple piece of legislation to get passed,” said Loren Furman, senior vice president for state and federal affairs for the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, who attended all the meetings.

She said if legislation this year looks like previous bills, the chamber will continue to oppose it.

“It’s my hope the Legislature and the governor take a look and review this report closely and go back and listen to some of the discussions of the meetings prior to introducing any piece of legislation,” Furman said.