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NUCA of Colorado Legislative Update - May 29, 2020
An Update From Your Lobbyist

 

As you know, the General Assembly began their work again on Tuesday (5/26) with the expectation that they would be in Session for about 3 weeks to pass the state budget, the school finance act, and a variety of other mostly covid-related bills. 

The first few days of Session 2.0 have been turbulent to say the least. Dozens of bills were postponed indefinitely (meaning killed) either due to a fiscal note or lack of connection to our new pandemic reality. There was heated, partisan debates on the floor about allowing immunocompromised legislators to vote and participate in floor work remotely. And there were protests and riots outside the building related to the situation happening in Minneapolis. The House was scheduled to do 2nd reading of the state budget May 29th and debate amendments well into the night and then do 3rd reading May 30th. Given the vandalism and gunshots that occurred last night, leadership has decided they won't resume work again until Monday (6/1). 

For now, we wanted to make you aware of a couple bills that may interest you. I believe we're going to see some significant amendments coming to both of these bills. As I understand it, most of the business community is going to stand down on the paid sick leave assuming they can get some suggested amendments incorporated into the bill. We're bringing you the Unemployment Insurance bill largely due to some changes in the independent contractor definitions, but I urge you to take a look at it overall in case there are unintended consequences on your industry/business.

SB20-205 Paid Sick Leave Bill

SB20-207 Unemployment Insurance

Things are moving very quickly at the Capitol (with the exception of these new delays over the weekend) so amendments and bill changes will evolve moment to moment. 

Check out our new Colorado Contractor's Coalition website https://coloradocontractorscoalition.com/

Emma Hudson, MPA, MPH
Emma Hudson Consulting LLC
Amber Valdez
Valdez Public Affairs LLC

 

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