Officials from two chambers of commerce join the small-business association to sound the alarm about Senate Bill 176 and House Bill 1232.
Every legislative session raises a crop of bills harmful to small businesses. The 2021 session not only has raised a bumper crop of them but also has produced two of the worst in memory.
- Senate Bill 176, which would allow an allegedly aggrieved employee to circumvent the Colorado Civil Rights process and directly file a civil action against an employer in a state or county court for such things as undermining “a person’s sense of well-being.”
- NFIB members can take action here to register their opposition to HB 176 with legislators.
- House Bill 1232, which is designed, incrementally, to force as many Colorado health insurance carriers as possible out of Colorado, forcing families and small businesses into a new government-run health insurance system. Private insurance will pick up the cost shifting forcing higher premiums.
- NFIB members can take action here to register their opposition to HB 1232 with legislators.
On Monday, April 19, NFIB joined with officials from two chambers of commerce, two NFIB-member, small-business owners, and a state representative at a news conference to sound the alarm. At the conference were:
- Rachel Beck, vice president of government affairs for the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
- Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director, National Federation of Independent Business
- Roger Hays, president and CEO of Premier Employer Services, Inc.
- State Rep. Hugh McKean
- Gail Lindley, owner of Denver Bookbinding Co.
- Diane Schwenke, president and CEO, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce
Attending media included reporters from:
- Colorado Politics
- The Colorado Sun
- Denver Business Journal
- The Center Square
- KXRM-Fox, Colorado Springs
- KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs
- KMTS-FM, Glenwood Springs
Click the arrow below to see the 35-minute news conference