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Legislative Updates

The SCWCC’s Public Policy Committee (PPC) exists to foster the exchange of ideas and information which support a thriving economy. We monitor the legislative agenda, inform members of issues arising and convey member expectations to our elected officials.

Stances

SB24-106 Right to Remedy Construction Defects

SCWCC Stance: Support

A conscientious contractor, through diligent rectification of issues, effectively expedites the closure of outstanding matters without the need for prolonged waiting periods. This proactive approach compels companies to isolate the risk by creating separate business entities in an effort to mitigate the cost of insurance and risk. . Additionally, significant hurdles confront large-scale multi-family developers in procuring cost-effective insurance coverage, resulting in inflated construction costs that are transferred to housing units, consequently constraining the pool of viable contractors for such endeavors.

HB24-1230 Protections for Real Property Owners

SCWCC Stance: Oppose

Ensuring Coloradans have access to high-quality, well-constructed, and affordable housing is important. However, the current housing shortage directly results from the Construction Defects laws that encourage litigation against homebuilders. This bill would further disincentivize homebuilders from doing business in the state by limiting avenues to fix construction defects and expanding the window for litigation.

HB24-1325 Tax Credits for Quantum Industry Support

SCWCC Stance: Support

Colorado is only one of 2 states recognized by the Federal government for quantum computing technology, with Elevate Quantum as the non-profit lead for the consortium.  The state is estimated to invest up to $193M in quantum technology over the next 10 years.  The bill provides credits for facility construction but also for technology investments.

HB24-1330 Air Quality Permitting

SCWCC Stance: Oppose

This bill will discourage Colorado’s Oil & Gas industry from continuing to invest and operate in the state.  The Oil & Gas industry is the single largest source of tax revenue ($1.9 billion) and employs over 200,000 Coloradans. Despite its low contribution to emissions and ozone pollution, the bill seeks to fundamentally change the permitting process for Colorado’s oil & gas industry as it redefines what qualifies as a “major” and “minor” emitter, putting many small operations at risk of hefty fines and administrative burdens. It will dramatically slow the ability of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to process permit applications by requiring aggregate Air Quality Modeling for all permits, including emissions-reducing modifications.

HB24-1338 Cumulative Impacts & Environmental Justice

SCWCC Stance: Oppose

The SCWCC is not opposed to the new Environmental Task Force Office of Environmental Justice within the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) but has concerns about other parts of the bill. Industry leaders fear it could drive manufacturing jobs out of state and increase emissions from importing products. Stricter regulations on Colorado’s oil refineries might increase the state’s reliance on external refined petroleum sources, which may increase prices for CO residents. Uncertainty surrounds how local emissions limits will be set and whether they’ll unfairly target compliant industries under the Clean Air Act.

SB24-159 Mod to Energy & Carbon Management Process

SCWCC Stance: Oppose

The bill seeks to end any new oil & gas permits in CO by 2030 as well as adopting rules that include reductions in the total number of oil and gas wells covered by new permits issued in 2028 and 2029. It significantly expands liability for current and former owners of oil and gas wells by imposing joint and several liability, extending liability beyond their own operations to include any mitigation of adverse environmental impacts under jurisdiction of the Commission. If it passes, this bill is expected to significantly reduce, and then over time, cease oil and gas drilling in CO, with reductions in employment and taxes paid. 

SB24-020 Alcohol Beverage Delivery & Takeout

SCWCC Stance: Support

The Women’s Chamber strongly supports SB24-020 Alcohol Beverage Delivery & Takeout, as it enables small restaurants and caterers to earn extra income while streamlining the catering process and alleviating transportation challenges. This initiative, stemming from Covid-era adaptations, not only boosts revenue for businesses but also underscores the resilience and adaptability of our dining industry amidst evolving safety considerations.

HB24-1014 Deceptive Practice

SCWCC Stance: Oppose

The Women’s Chamber is taking a stance of opposition against HB24-1014 Deceptive practice because Colorado already ranks poorly nationwide in terms of private lawsuits against businesses, and this bill is predicted to exacerbate the situation further. Introducing this legislation may heighten the risk and frequency of litigation against businesses, potentially burdening them with additional legal challenges and financial strains.

HB24-1041 Stream lining tax filing timelines

SCWCC Stance: Support

The Women’s Chamber is taking a stance of support for HB24-1041 Stream lining tax filing timelines, because the bill simplifies the tax filing process for small businesses, which currently face monthly filings, even for minimal tax amounts. With only three categories to report, the streamlined system not only eases the administrative burden on businesses but also accelerates payment processing for the state, promoting efficiency and reducing bureaucratic overhead.

HB24-1005: Health Insurers Contract with Qualified Providers

SCWCC Stance: Oppose

The Women’s Chamber is taking a stance of opposition against HB24-1005: Health Insurers Contract with Qualified Providers due to concerns about its potential impact on the Colorado business climate, particularly regarding health care and health insurance decisions. The legislation must carefully balance the imperative for affordable and accessible primary care with the escalating health insurance premiums affecting individuals and employers across the state.

HB24-1008 Wage Claims Construction Industry

SCWCC Stance: Oppose

The Women’s Chamber is taking a stance of opposition against HB24-1008 Wage Claims Construction Industry because it disproportionately targets the construction industry despite representing less than 10% of initial wage complaints and witnessing a decline in wage claims over recent years. Additionally, the legislation would impose undue pressure on general contractors (GCs) to request payment bonds from small firms, potentially excluding them due to financial constraints and incentivizing GCs to internalize the work, harming small businesses. Moreover, it creates a perverse incentive for subcontractors to withhold payment from their employees, transferring financial liability to GCs and disrupting the industry’s delicate financial dynamics.

HB24-1175 Right of First Refusal

SCWCC Stance: Opposition

The SCWCC advocates for innovative, data-driven approaches to Colorado’s affordable housing challenges. However, this bill risks disrupting the real estate market by causing delays and increased costs for rental properties. It may also deter businesses from investing in multifamily rental properties due to added selling restrictions. In its current form, the SCWCC opposes the bill as it threatens the stability of the multifamily housing market.

The SCWCC Advocates for YOU

The SCWCC believes that what is good for Colorado businesses – including the growth of jobs and economic expansion within the local economy – is positive for the women leaders established and emerging within it.

Core Criteria

The SCWCC advocates for women in business and aims to maintain a strong relationship with elected officials, regardless of political affiliation.

The SCWCC considers public officials as our partners; we must be non-partisan and aim to avoid advocating for or endorsing individual candidates.

The SCWCC believes that what is good for Colorado businesses – including the growth of jobs and economic expansion within the local economy – is positive for the women leaders established and emerging within it.

The SCWCC will consider the best interests of its membership when determining public policy positions.

The SCWCC has particular interests relating to issues affecting its partners across the Front Range of Colorado. The five guiding principles/pillars when considering a Women’s Chamber position on an issue shall be its impact on:

  • Business (impacts to employers, regulation requirements, etc.)

  • Jobs (burdens vs. opportunities for employers, job growth, key industries, etc.)

  • Economy (broad competitive appeal of the Colorado marketplace)

  • Business Climate (safety, crime, cost of living, health, education, etc.)

  • Women (issues specific to women in business and the members of the SCWCC)

Issues that touch upon multiple core criteria shall have increased importance for our organization. The level of action recommended shall be in proportion to the number of criteria the issue touches.

For additional information and to reach the committee, email publicpolicy@scwcc.com