State Legislative Positions 2022

Partnership positions

CO – SB66 Restore Unemployment Insurance Fund Balance

Concerning the restoration of the money spent by the state during the COVID-19 pandemic for the state’s unemployment insurance program.

This bill would restore the UI Trust Fund to pre-pandemic levels with an infusion of general fund support. Buying down the unemployment insurance trust fund debt and replenishing the pre-pandemic account balance will make it easier for employers to grow and rehire displaced workers by reducing the expenses associated with paying increased UI premiums.

Position: Support


CO – HB1070 Special Districts Early Childhood Development

Concerning early childhood development service districts, and, in connection therewith, allowing a district to include in its service area less than all of the territory of an existing taxing district and to accept gifts, grants, and donations.

Under existing law, an early childhood development service district (service district) must include all of the territory of any special district, municipality, county, or other existing taxing entity that is included in the service district. The bill allows a service district to also include a portion of a special district, municipality, county, or other
existing taxing entity. The bill also authorizes a service district to accept gifts, grants, and donations.

Position: Support


CO – HB1002 Fifth Year High School Concurrent Enrollment

Concerning expanding student access to enrollment in postsecondary courses while the student is enrolled in high school.

This bill supports the CareerWise Youth Apprentice program.

Position: Support


CO – HB1155 In-state Tuition For Colorado High School Graduates

Concerning in-state tuition classification at institutions of higher education for students who complete high school in Colorado.

The bill accomplishes the following:

  • Allows all residents who have graduated from a Colorado high school or earned their GED in Colorado to be eligible for in-state tuition.

o    This change effectively aligns tuition classification rules for all year-round residents of the state.

  • Removes the current requirement that undocumented high school graduates must enroll in college within 12 months of high school graduation in order to earn in-state tuition

o    By removing this “use it or lose it” provision, the bill allows students who decided to work after high school a chance to return to college or trade school.

  • Removes the current limitation that undocumented youth who graduated from high school before 2012 are ineligible for in-state tuition.

o    This change removes an arbitrary eligibility date and creates consistent in-state tuition classification criteria for all Colorado residents who live and work in the state.

Position: Support


CO – HB1117 Use Of Local Lodging Tax Revenue

CONCERNING THE USE OF REVENUE FROM A LOCAL TAX ON LODGING.

Section 1 of the bill amends the authority of a local marketing district (district) to allow it to use the proceeds of its marketing and promotion tax levied on rooms or accommodations (marketing and promotion tax) for activities related to workforce recruitment, management, and development and for facilitating and enhancing visitor experiences. It also allows a district to make capital expenditures related to these purposes, as well as for business recruitment, management, and development.

Position: NEUTRAL


CO – HB1100 Prohibit Discrimination COVID-19 Vaccine Status

Concerning the prohibition against discrimination based on the refusal to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine.

The bill creates a new private right of action against an employer who takes adverse employment action against an employee or applicant based on that individual’s COVID-19 immunization status. Business owners should have the right to make decisions to protect themselves, their employees and their customers on their own private priority. Legal protections already exist for employees refusing a vaccine due to a disability, medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

Position: OPPOSE


HB22-1144, Naturally Acquired Immunity

Increases health care costs across insured to compensate for negative outcomes of those who do not get vaccinated against COVID-19, or those who are vaccinated and become infected due to interactions with someone who is not vaccinated

Bill would create a universal and risky standard for Colorado employers and could lead to outbreaks in workplaces and health-sensitive environments like healthcare facilities.

Position: OPPOSE


HB22-1200, Employee Exemption COVID 19 vaccine

Takes a health-care concern and makes it a labor concern. Employers are under legal mandate to provide a safe workplace for employees and customers and should be free to ensure they are able to do so. This bill creates multiple exemptions for employees seeking to avoid a vaccine mandate that are much broader than the effective ones already provided by federal and state law.

Increases risk to the public and patrons of particular businesses or state agencies. Increases health care costs across insured to compensate for negative outcomes of those who do not get vaccinated against COVID-19, or those who are vaccinated and become infected due to interactions with someone who is not vaccinated.

Position: OPPOSE


HB22-1201, Standards for Vaccine Requirements

This bill would effectively prohibit employers who choose to do so to implement and enforce a vaccine mandate for employees by creating requirements for a valid vaccine that cannot be met. Employers who feel the need to require a vaccine to maintain a safe workplace should have the freedom to do so.

Anyone required to receive an immunization can claim an exemption if the IZ has not been approved by the FDA, only received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), or the manufacturer is not liable for injury or death from the IZ OR if a “pivotal clinical trial” did not evaluate the IZ’s safety for at least one year against a control group.

Significant harm to the public in allowing people to wait to receive needed medical preventative care. Infectious disease relies on weaker immune systems to transmit viruses.

Position: OPPOSE


CO – SB99 Sealing Criminal Records

Concerning the procedure for sealing of criminal records for nonviolent offenses, and, in connection therewith, addressing workforce shortages and minimizing barriers to employment for job seekers.

This bill extends an existing provision of law regarding automatic sealing for certain drug offenses to all the offenses, including civil infractions, that allow the defendant to petition the court for sealing criminal justice records that are not subject to the victims’ rights act. The bill also streamlines the automatic record sealing process and makes it an unfair employment practice to discharge or refuse to promote a person based solely on the contents of a sealed criminal record and makes it an unfair housing practice to refuse to show, sell, transfer, rent, or lease housing based on the contents of a sealed criminal record.

Position: Support


HB22-1006 Property Tax Exemption for Child Care Center

This proposal will exempt commercial real estate from property tax if the property is used by an eligible childcare provider making childcare more affordable for businesses and families.

Position: Support


HB22-1026 Alternative Transportation Options Tax Credit

This proposal replaces the existing state tax deduction for expenses associated with alternative transportation programs for employees with a refundable tax credit for 50% of real expenses. We appreciate this proposals attempt to incentivize alternative transportation rather than penalizing employers.  The credit can also be claimed regardless of tax liability.

Position: Support


HB22-1039 Sales & Use Tax Exemption Form Simplification 

This bill from the Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force directs the Department of Revenue to consolidate or eliminate the application forms for a number of state sales and use tax exemptions, including for construction and building materials, and machinery and machine tools

Position: Support 


SB22-032 Simplify Local Sales and Use Tax Administration

This bill creates a single business license for each of the jurisdictions that are subscribed to the state’s sales and use tax simplification system, simplifying an onerous administrative burden for retailers that deliver into multiple tax jurisdictions.

Position: Support 


HB22-1350 Regional Talent Development Initiative Grant Program

Provides $91 million in federal ARPA and state general funds to OEDIT for a grant program funding public and private workforce initiatives developing talent specifically needed by businesses around the state. The bill establishes a steering committee of business, education and other professionals to develop the grant application process and selection criteria. This would likely provide ongoing funding support for CareerWise and other VVP-initiated workforce programs.

Position: Support 


HB22-1304 State Grants Investments Local Affordable Housing

This bill creates two state grant programs – one for local investments in an affordable housing program administered by the Division of Housing, and the other for an infrastructure and strong communities grant program administered by the Division of Local Government.

Position: Support


SB22-159 Revolving Loan Fund Invest Affordable Housing

Appropriates $150 million of ARPA funds to the creation of a revolving loan fund program for the construction of affordable housing projects.

Position: Support


SB22-140 Expansion Of Experiential Learning Opportunities

Concerning the expansion of experiential learning opportunities through relationships with employers, and, in connection therewith, establishing a work-based learning incentive program, a digital navigation program, a career-aligned English as a second language program, and a global talent task force to study in- demand occupations.

Position: Support


HB22-1282 The Innovative Housing Incentive Program

Provides $40 million in ARPA funding to grants to Colorado manufactured housing companies as incentives to increase production or build a factory. This type of housing can meet short term demands for workforce housing, especially in tourist and rural areas.

Position: Support


SB22-146 Middle Income Access Program Expansion

Devotes $25 million in ARPA funding for CHFA financing of affordable rental housing for middle-income residents, defined as above 80% of area median income, which fills a gap in state support for much-needed workforce housing.

Position: Support


SB22-151 Safe Crossings For Colorado Wildlife And Motorists

Concerning the creation of a cash fund for use by the department of transportation to fund projects that provide safe road crossings for connectivity of wildlife and thereby reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions

Position: Support


Collective Bargaining

  • Current law authorizes governing boards to recognize unions, and we have no objections to those long-standing rules.
  • The legislation, as proposed, would strip governing boards of their long-standing responsibilities to recognize collective bargaining units on their campuses.

This bill creates a significant and unfunded burden on local governments and effectively eliminates one of the primary roles of elected officials as the fiscal steward of the organization

Position: Oppose if bill moves forward as expected as it eliminates local control


SB22-135 Standard Time In Colorado

This bill would refer a ballot measure to the 2022 general election ballot to permanently put Colorado on mountain standard time. We have opposed proposals to move to Daylight Savings in the past due to negative impacts on the hospitality and travel sectors. Most tourism (Tourism Industry Association of Colorado, Colorado Ski Country, airlines) entities are opposed.

Position: Monitor but oppose unless change is across the region; no desire for Colorado to be on an island in different time zone than our neighboring states for a part of the year


HB22-1297 Daylight Saving Time Year-Round

Currently, “United States Mountain Standard Time” (MST), defined in federal law as coordinated universal time minus 7 hours, is the standard time within Colorado. During the period of daylight saving time (i.e., the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November) time is advanced one hour. Federal law allows a state to stay on standard time year-round, but does not currently allow a state to adopt daylight saving time year-round (note: the Senate recently passed the ability to have year-round daylight savings time)

Historically, schools, airlines, and ski resorts have opposed this legislation.

Position: Neutral but oppose unless change is across the region; no desire for Colorado to be on an island in different time zone than our neighboring states for a part of the year


 

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