In last week’s MSEC Bulletin, we reported that significant bills impacting Colorado employers were not likely to pass this late in the legislative session, which concludes on May 10. As if to deliberately flout our prognostication, the sausage-making resumed last week with the following:
After languishing unattended for weeks, HB17-1021 has been sent to Gov. Hickenlooper for signature. The bill clarifies that information relating to a finding of violation of wage laws is not confidential and can be released to the public or for use in a court proceeding, unless determined to be a trade secret.
Signed into law on April 4 is HB17-1051, which modernizes the Procurement Code. It will take effect on August 9, 2017. Also likely to pass is HB17-1177, which escaped death in committee and passed second reading. A final vote from the whole Senate will result in passage. If passed, it will allow mediation/alternative dispute resolution outside the district courts in denials under the Colorado Open Records Act.
The following bills were introduced within the last week:
HB17-1305, a “Ban the Box” bill, restricting criminal background inquiries for job applicants;
HB17-1237, a bill allowing local government to use the state employee health benefit plan;
HB17-1270, a bill to allow agency discretion in enforcement procedures of certain state rules for businesses with fewer than 50 employees;
HB17-1269, a bill removing an exemption in Colorado for certain employers under the National Labor Relations Act; and
HB17-1307, a bill creating a FMLA insurance fund.
Under the rules of the Colorado General Assembly, all bills must be considered in a committee. MSEC will follow these bills to see what action takes place.
Not much has happened in Arizona in the past week. However, SB1478, the OSHA omnibus bill that granted subpoena powers to inspectors, failed on its final vote before the full House and is now dead.
MSEC will continue to follow lawmaking on issues relevant to our members.