ALCC 2018 Legislative Priorities

(Follow them in real time at http://www.coloradocapitolwatch.com/bill-tracker-votes/0/1550/2018/0/)

The following policy issues will be closely monitored by GreenCO lobbyists on behalf of ALCC during the 2018 session. There will be additional issues that will come up, and these will be identified by ALCC representatives in the GreenCO Legislative Committee meetings.

GreenCO 2018 Legislative Priorities

Water

  • Support funding and innovation of Colorado water needs to include conservation, water infrastructure, reuse, and storage, (See GreenCO White Paper). Make water funding a major priority in Colorado.
  • Review Interim Water Committee bills for 2018 session, Bill C- Use of Reclaimed Water for MJ; Bill D-Reclaimed Water use for Hemp; Bill E- Duration of Water Loans issued by CWRDA.
  • Support sustainable water conservation principles for both indoor and outdoor use to include industry Best Management Practices (BMPs).
  • GreenCO’s BMPs are supported by the state as the standard for outdoor water yet some cities are enacting water usage policy that is not consistent with BMP’s. Utilize both state and local water policy contacts to help ensure BMP utilization.
  • Continue work on state water plan to ensure GreenCO principles are included for conservation, land use planning and possible regulatory legislation, and educate legislators and local water planners.
  • Monitor water policy concerning the growth and development of the hemp industry in Colorado.

Pesticide Regulatory Legislation

  • Oppose any measure to allow for local control when applying pesticides.
  • Oppose non-research based arbitrary bans on pesticides.
  • Closely monitor and oppose any effort to expand pesticide regulatory burden.

Construction Legislation

  • Support legislation that provides and builds upon 2017 legislation providing more liability protection for construction contractors and sub-contractors in multi-family projects.
  • Support efforts to find policy solutions to construction retainage issues with public agencies and project sign off standards.
  • Monitor possible work comp. mandate for Independent Contractors in the construction industry and seek any changes to a possible bill that would benefit GreenCO.

Investment in Colorado Businesses

  • Support legislation that is offered by the uniform sales tax task force that meets GreenCO goals for uniformity and efficiency.
  • Support legislation that better defines snow removal liability for snow removal contractors.
  • Support the creation of tax credit/incentive for BPPT for small businesses to phase out or eliminate the fiscal impact of this regressive tax on Business.
  • Support possible CDA legislation to revise Nursery Act consistent with working group recommendations.
  • Oppose any expansion of regulation of backflow devices without such effort improving the overall use and installation of such devices to meet GreenCO policy objectives.

Investment in Colorado Infrastructure

  • Support increased investment in Colorado’s infrastructure; state and educational buildings, roads and bridges and water projects.  Fiscal investment at higher levels will help create jobs, stimulate the economy statewide and save the state millions of dollars in future replacement costs.

Transportation

  • Support legislation or referred measure to voters that utilizes existing revenues and/or creates new revenue source/s to fund the construction, maintenance and safety of our highways and bridges in Colorado.
  • Monitor the development of COPs for funding highway projects in Colorado consistent with 17SB-267.

Uniform Sales & Use Tax Definitions

  • Support a more uniform set of definitions throw-out Colorado as it relates to sales and use tax.
  • Support task force recommendations that meet GreenCO policy objectives.
  • Support continued legislative efforts that create a system that would allow companies to remit sales and use taxes for cities, counties, and jurisdictions in one place.

Education

  • Fund vocational and adult education programs for the skilled trades and technical career paths that are drastically understaffed in Colorado’s workforce.
  • Support tax credits for employers who hire workforce from K-12 students, returning military or those unemployed or underemployed, and provide technical and/or skills training for such hires.

Additionally, ALCC will closely watch snow removal liability issuesThe need for reform of liability for snow removal contractors grows every year.

Read the legislative tracking report and see the specific bills we are following.

GreenCO Member Associations:

ASLA Colorado • Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado  
• Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association • Colorado Arborists and Lawn Care Professionals • Garden Centers of Colorado •
International Society of Arboriculture, Rocky Mountain Chapter • Rocky Mountain Sod Growers Association
 
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