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DENVER – The Colorado Chamber of Commerce released the following statement from President and CEO Loren Furman regarding HB 1118 failing in the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee today in an 8-2 bipartisan vote:
“The restrictive scheduling bill was one of the worst bills for business we’ve seen from the legislature in years, and that was reflected by the significant backlash from business owners across the state,” Furman said. “This proposal would have imposed harsh penalties on employers for things out of their control, stripping away much-needed flexibility for both businesses and their employees. We applaud members of the committee for standing up for local businesses in their districts and statewide, and we look forward to continuing to be a collaborative partner on labor and employment legislation moving forward.”
The Colorado Chamber unanimously voted to oppose HB 1118 when the bill was filed in January and has aggressively advocated against the measure this session on behalf of the statewide business community. Last month the Colorado Chamber announced a broad coalition of more than 65 business and industry groups in opposition to the legislation. Using the Chamber’s grassroots advocacy tools, the business community made approximately 3,500 contacts with members of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee asking lawmakers to vote against the bill.
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce champions free enterprise, a healthy business environment and economic prosperity for all Coloradans. It is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What the Colorado Chamber accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy. It was created in 1965 based on the merger with the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association.