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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, […]


Acrimonious 2013 Session Comes to an End

Reflections on the 2013 Legislative Session . . .  May 10, 2013  As they say in Hollywood, “It’s a wrap!” The first session of the 39th Colorado General Assembly ended Monday shortly before 4 p.m., with many of the lawmakers and lobbyists retiring to Stoney’s Bar and Grill at 11th and Broadway to celebrate. The […]


Business counts up wins, losses as Colorado legislative session ends

The 2013 legislative session clearly wasn’t good for business, but it could have been a lot worse. Five bills that would have ramped up regulation on the oil and gas industry died in the last week of the 120-day General Assembly, as did a late-session measure that would have aided union members in defensive-employer lockouts. […]


Hickenlooper signs Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday signed House Bill 1136, also known as the Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act of 2013. The new law “expands available remedies for workers to recover compensatory and punitive damages from employers who have intentionally engaged in discriminatory practices,” Hickenlooper said. The damage awards are limited to $10,000 for […]


Hickenlooper pressured to veto some business measures

Business groups — unable to persuade Democrats to kill or significantly amend bills they consider bad for private companies — are asking Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto as many as five Democrat-sponsored bills that could land on his desk. Begging a Democratic governor to go against his own party isn’t new. Business leaders did that nearly every […]


Colorado lawmakers pull plug on union lockout bill

Grocery workers will not be able to receive unemployment benefits during defensive lockouts this year, after the sponsor of a bill to make that major change to state labor law killed her proposal Friday rather than pass it and have it get vetoed by Gov.John Hickenlooper. Sen. Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, said that while it was tough to give […]


Who’s got the best approach to create jobs in Colorado?

Statehouse Democrats and Republicans are both pushing so-called “jobs bills” this legislative session, but the two parties take fundamentally different approaches to the issue. Business groups wonder how many jobs will actually be created by legislation still under consideration. House Democrats define “jobs bills” broadly as those that help foster economic development, connect people to […]


Family, medical leave expansion next big battle at Colorado statehouse

Now that the fights over civil unions, the most controversial gun bills and in-state college tuition for undocumented immigrants at the Legislature have ended, Capitol observers might be wondering what issue will spur the next big battle. Mark your calendars for Friday, when the House is expected to take up debate on a bill to […]


Colorado business battles bills it considers bad for companies

See correction at end of article. Business leaders are fighting a “deluge” of bills introduced in the Colorado Legislature this year that would make it easier for employees to take action — either through lawsuits or complaints to state agencies — against their employers. Bills to increase penalties for wage theft, expand federal anti-discrimination law […]