Wednesday, December 14, 2011

State Dems: hire Coloradans first

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

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On Wednesday, state Senate President Brandon Shaffer announced what will be the first Senate bill of the upcoming session, joining the bill's sponsors Sen. Evie Hudak of Westminster, Rep. Su Ryden of Aurora and Rep. Crisanta Duran of Denver.

The Democrats' bill, HIRE Colorado Act, proposes to give the extra consideration to those companies seeking contract with state agencies if they hire Colorado workers. This would take effect in July of next year, and apply to contracts for more than $1 million of total service.

Service Contracts
1. In the case of a services contract, an agency shall allow the following preferences:
a) A three percent preference for each contractor that certifies that at least 90 percent of the employees who will perform the requirements of the contract are Colorado residents (or have domicile in Colorado); and
b) An additional two percent preference if the contractor certifies that it offers health care and retirement benefits to all of the employees who will perform the requirements of the contract.

Construction Contracts
1. In the case of a construction contract for a public project, an agency shall allow the following preferences:
a) A three percent preference for each contractor that certifies that at least 90 percent of the employees who will perform the requirements of the contract are Colorado residents (or have domicile in Colorado); and
b) An additional one percent preference if the contactor certifies that it offers health care and retirement benefits to all of the employees who will perform the requirements of the contract; and
c) An additional one percent preference if the contactor certifies that employees who will perform the requirements of the contract have access to an apprentice training program that is approved by the United States Department of Labor.

This reminds me of Colorado Springs Rep. Pete Lee's bill last year that died a quiet death in the House Committee on Economic and Business Development.

Lee's bill also included for extra consideration for companies that were based in Colorado, or headquartered here, and for those companies that would be buying Colorado-sourced materials to complete the contract.

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