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DCBA took the following positions:

You can click on the bill number to open the bill link for the full bill.  I have also included the fiscal note link for many of the bills.  

 

Colorado General Assembly Website: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills

 

 SB 215          Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise

                             By Senator Moreno and Donovan

Concerning measures to address the affordability of health insurance for Coloradans purchasing coverage on the individual market, and, in connection therewith, establishing an enterprise to administer a health insurance affordability fee assessed on certain health insurers and a special assessment on hospitals to fund measures to reduce consumer costs for individual health coverage plans.

 

Fiscal Note https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2020A/bills/fn/2020a_sb215_r1.pdf

 

Suggested Position:     Oppose

 

 

SB 216                    Workers' Compensation For COVID-19

The bill provides that, for purposes of the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado", if an essential worker who works outside of the home contracts COVID-19, the contraction is presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of employment; and compensable accident, injury, or occupational disease. An essential worker is considered to have contracted COVID-19 if the worker tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a licensed physician, or has COVID-19 listed as the cause of death on the worker's death certificate

Suggested Position:     Oppose

 

HB 1415                       Whistleblower Protection Public Health Emergencies

                                    By Representative Herod and Sullivan                                                           

The bill prohibits a principal, which includes an employer, certain labor contractors, public employers, and entities that rely on independent contractors for a specified percentage of their workforce, from discriminating, retaliating, or taking adverse action against any worker who raises any concern about workplace health and safety practices or hazards related to a public health emergency to the principal, the principal's agent, other workers, a government agency, or the public if the workplace health and safety practices fail to meet guidelines established by a federal, state, or local public health agency with jurisdiction over the workplace; or voluntarily wears at the worker's workplace the worker's own personal protective equipment, such as a mask, faceguard, or gloves. A person may seek relief for a violation of the bill by filing a complaint with the division of labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment bringing an action in district court, after exhausting administrative remedies; or bringing a whistleblower action in the name of the state in district court, after exhausting administrative remedies.

 

Suggested Position:     Oppose w/o amendments

HB 1414                  Price Gouge Amid Disaster Deceptive Trade Practice

                             By Representative Weismann

 

The bill establishes that a person engages in a deceptive trade practice if the person, for a period following the declaration of a disaster or disaster emergency by the president of the United States, the governor of the state, or the principal executive officer of a political subdivision and in the geographic area for which the disaster was declared, sells, offers for sale, provides, or offers to provide any of the following at a price so excessive as to amount to price gouging: Building material, Consumer food items, Emergency supplies, Fuel, Medical supplies, Repair or reconstruction services, Transportation, freight, or storage services; or Services used in an emergency cleanup.

 

Suggested Position:     Monitor

 

 

HB 1413                 Small Business Recovery Loan Program Premium Tax Credits

                             By Representative Bird and Cutter

Concerning the establishment of a state and private investor funded small business recovery loan program, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the department of the treasury to obtain the state share of funding for the program by selling insurance premium tax credits to qualified taxpayers and authorizing the state treasurer to contract with a program manager to establish and administer the program.

Suggest Position:         Support with amendment to remove government lending langauge

 

HB 1410                 COVID-19-related Housing Assistance

                             By Representatives Gutierrez Gonzales and Exum

The bill directs $20 million of funds received from the federal CARES Act to provide assistance to individuals whose housing is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Suggested Position:     Support

 

 

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