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Colorado Legislature – 2024 Sesson

SB 24 – 130  Noneconomic Damages Cap Medical Malpractice Actions 

Position: Support

The Broomfield Area Chamber is in support of Colorado Senate Bill 130: Noneconomic Damages Cap Medical Malpractice Actions. This is a bi-partisan measure sponsored by Senator Kyle Mullica (D), Senator Perry Will (R), and Representative Kyle Brown (D) that will incrementally increase the maximum noneconomic damages limitation in medical malpractice actions to $500,000 over the course of 5 years. The measure would go into effect in January 2025.

The Broomfield Area Chamber believes this compromise legislation will increase how much an individual can collect when they win a lawsuit to a reasonable level, while still protecting health care for millions of Coloradans. The Chamber feels that this measure will protect both patients and the medical community, while promoting access to high-quality, affordable health care for everyone.

Updated 4/22/24

 

HB 24 – 1107  Judicial Review of Local Land Use Decision

Position: Support

The Broomfield Chamber of Commerce supports this measure. The measure would require anyone who appeals an approved land use decision to a higher court under Rule 106 to pay for the city’s attorneys fees if the group loses. Under Colorado law, Rule 106 allows parties to appeal the decision of a lower body, like city council, to overturn approved projects.

Rule 106 appeals can often result in projects/developments that have already been approved by a city council or similar body being tied up in court for extended periods of time. The Chamber believe that groups that choose to file Rule 106 appeals have some liability if they lose the appeal.

Updated 3/27/2024

HB24 – 1156  Chamber of Commerce Alcohol Special Event Permit

Position: Support

The Broomfield Chamber of Commerce supports this bill. The bill was born out of an issue with another local Chamber of Commerce, who had a long-standing wine-walk event canceled due to an interpretation of current law.  The event was a significant source of revenue for that Chamber, as well as important event for several small businesses that were along the walk route.

The new measure would allow permitting authorities to issue special event permits to not-for-profit Chambers of Commerce, and would allow for non-contiguous locations to be part of the event. The Broomfield Area Chamber agrees that events such as those covered by the new bill are important to local Chambers and their member businesses, and shoud be allowed with proper permitting.

Updated 3/27/2024

 Colorado Legislature – 2023 Session

 

SB 23 – 213 Land Use

Position: Oppose

The Broomfield Chamber of Commerce is opposed to this bill. The Chamber does recognize affordable housing as one of the top issues facing our communities, and recognizes that the City and County of Broomfield has historically taken steps (and still does) that are appropriately tailored to our community to address the issue. In fact, Broomfield is recognized as one of the most forward-thinking communities in Colorado when it comes to affordable housing efforts.

In our opinion, this measure oversimplifies the affordable housing crisis as simply a shortage of housing supply and attempts to institute a top-down, state-wide strategy that does not take into consideration efforts that are already being undertaken in communities like Broomfield and could, in fact, supplant those efforts.
The Broomfield Area Chamber feels that this measure goes too far in inserting the state into local policy, and urges lawmakers to work toward solutions to the affordable housing crisis that include input from municipalities and residents alike.

Updated 4/19/2023

HB23 – 1215 Limits on Hospital Facility Fees

Position: Oppose as written

The Broomfield Chamber of Commerce is opposed to this measure, which would bar hospitals from collecting facility fees for telehealth, primary-care and preventive-health services. The Chamber does understand that the high costs of medical care are a concern, but feels that this measure is targeting the wrong area. Facility fees pay for staffing at facilities outside of the hospital setting, including nurses, technicians, administrative staff and even janitorial workers. Eliminating these fees would lead to closure of many outpatient clinics, driving patients back to longer waits and higher costs, and full hospital facilities.

The Broomfield Area Chamber feels that this measure, if approved, would threaten jobs, add expense, and limit patients’ access to care.

Updated 4/19/2023

 

HB 23 – 1243 Hospital Community Benefit

Position: Monitor

This bill would create a new definition of “community benefits” that is far more narrow than the current IRS reporting. The original language of the bill would have excluded charity care, research, training, and physician recruitment from being counted as community benefit.

There have been major changes to the bill since it was originally introduced. As such, The Broomfield Area Chamber has taken a position of “monitor” on this legislation.

Updated 4/19/2023

 

House Bill 1118, Fair Workweek Scheduling Bill

Position: Oppose

Broomfield Area Chamber Board of Directors has voted to oppose HB 1118, the “Fair Workweek” bill, as it is currently written.

HB 1118 imposes broad new regulations and restrictions on how employers manage employee workweek schedules and pay. While we, as a Chamber, can appreciate what the measure is attempting to do in protecting workers in certain industries, we agree with others in opposition that this measure, as written, will not only lead to costly new restrictions on employers in the hospitality industry, but also health care providers, public entities like schools, social service providers, and more.

We feel the bill fails to recognize the core business and operational needs of unpredictable industries. For many companies that are frequently faced with irregular workloads and demand, flexibility is a critical aspect of day-to-day business. If passed, HB 1118 would make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to adapt to these regular changes by adjusting employee schedules according to need. It’s simply not feasible to require that businesses set in stone employee schedules 2 weeks in advance, when anything from weather conditions, unexpected absences, or other unforeseen emergencies could drastically alter staffing needs.

We do believe that the needs of employees need to be considered by employers, and we applaud efforts to make that happen. And while HB 1118 is well-intended, in reality, we believe it will lead to less flexibility, fewer jobs, and lower pay for workers – all while exacerbating the labor challenges already faced by businesses in the Broomfield Area and throughout Colorado, and increasing the cost of doing business across our state.

Updated 2/21/2023