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Legislation to Change Workers Compensation Benefits Set for 2014 Legislative Session

By Loren Furman The Colorado Chamber Senior Vice President State and Federal Relations During the legislature’s 2014 session, legislation will be introduced that will modify current law addressing worker’s compensation benefits for injured workers. The legislation is being advocated by the AFL–CIO and would change the current workers’ compensation system, which was reformed in 1991 […]


New Mexico governor pushes pro-business message in Denver

At a time when Colorado is weighing a ballot measure to raise state income-tax rates to fund education, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez offered a message in Denver on Wednesday on the benefits of lowering them. Martinez, speaking before the annual meeting luncheon of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, said she inherited a […]


Timmons: Colorado energy plays key role in national manufacturing

I missed Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, when he spoke recently at a meeting with the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (The Colorado Chamber). But he graciously took a few minutes to chat by phone about the importance of manufacturing in Colorado, the federal governmentýs role in the sector ý and how Colorado natural gas is helping fuel domestic manufacturing in the United States.


Senator Morgan Carroll Elected Senate President

Senate Democrats Elect Senator Carroll as President, Senator Heath as Majority Leader October 11–On Wednesday, the 18-member Senate Democratic Caucus elected Senator Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora), the Majority Leader, to be the Senate President when the legislature convenes in January. Senator Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) was elected Majority Leader. The Democrats now control the Senate by one […]


Wage Theft Legislation Anticipated for 2013 Legislative Session

During the past week, The Colorado Chamber member Dan Block, an employment attorney with the Law Firm of Robinson, Waters & O’Dorisio, P.C., Larry Hudson, contract lobbyist for The Colorado Chamber, and Loren Furman, The Colorado Chamber, met with the sponsors and proponents of House Bill 1227 (Wage Theft), which died during the 2013 Legislative Session. […]



Governor Signs Renewable-Energy Mandate Increasing Rural Electricity Costs

On Wednesday, Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-252, the highly controversial bill that doubles the renewable-energy mandate for rural-electric cooperatives. At the same time, the Governor issued an Executive Order for an analysis of the bill’s deadline and cost. Link to pdf of executive order The Colorado Chamber had asked the Governor to veto the bill, and the […]


Governor Signs Bills that The Colorado Chamber Lobbied

Over the last few weeks, Governor John Hickenlooper has signed into law legislation, detailed below, on which The Colorado Chamber lobbied and that involved the work of The Colorado Chamber members who serve The Colorado Chamber’s policy councils. The Colorado Chamber members with questions regarding these bills should contact Loren Furman, The Colorado Chamber Senior […]


Colorado Supreme Court Rejects Lobato Argument

On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling in the historically, politically important case of Lobato vs. State of Colorado Board of Education, deciding that the state’s K-12 education funding mechanism is indeed constitutional, thus reversing a lower trial court’s decision that it was not. The Colorado Chamber joined 13 other business […]


The Colorado Chamber: Political Balance Needed

The Colorado Chamber Reviews Legislative Session: Political Balance Needed Following the end of the 2013 legislative session on May 8th, Loren Furman, The Colorado Chamber Senior Vice President, State and Federal Relations, has been speaking to groups across the state to share her general thoughts about the session and its impact on employers. Last Friday, […]