CAHB LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
2021 General Assembly Wrap-Up
The Colorado General Assembly concluded the 73rd General Assembly session on June 8. The session began in January, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was quickly adjourned until February for legislators, staff, and capitol journalists to receive vaccines. When they returned to the statehouse, the Democrat-controlled House and Senate passed most of their major agenda items, despite pushback from the business community and Republicans.
The CAHB’s Government Affairs Committee met regularly throughout the session and provided positions, feedback, and concerns to the association’s lobbying team. The GAC took positions to support, amend or oppose 18 different bills out of the more than 60 bills that were flagged by the lobbying team.
Mary Kay Hogan, Virginia Morrison Love and Rachel Lee, along with CEO Ted Leighty, met with legislators, provided testimony, and collaborated with stakeholders from the construction and housing industry and the broader business community on several bills. The CAHB also worked through coalitions, including Building Jobs for Colorado (BJ4C) and the Homeownership Opportunity Alliance (HOA) on several key bills directly impacting our industry and members.
Rachel Lee provided a thorough review of the legislative session for CAHB members that addresses GAC-position bills, other bills of interest to the state’s business climate, and the politics of the session. That review can be accessed by clicking here.
This legislative wrap up includes updates on several key bills that the GAC and CAHB lobby team worked on during the session, including:
Unemployment Insurance Was introduced to align the unemployment insurance workshare program with federal rules during the COVID crisis and to allow for benefits to employees unable to return to work due to health issues. It was then amended in the House to try to shore up the fund by increasing the wage base (the amount of wages on which UI premiums are calculated) from $13,600 in 2021 to $17,000 in 2022 and increasing annually to $30,600 in 2026 and indexed in future years. This will result in much larger UI premiums for employers but will bring the fund into actuarial solvency in future years.
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