NFIB Speaks at News Conference on Two Harmful Legislative Proposals

Date: April 19, 2021

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

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