Highlights and News

Feb 20, 2015

Bell: 'No' on second effort to harm Jobs/Civil Rights Act

Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, on Thursday urged members of the House Judiciary Committee to reject an effort to remove punitive damages as a remedy for workplace discrimination under the Jobs Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act of 2013.

The Bell strongly advocated for passage of the law in 2013, and it went into effect only weeks ago – at the start of this year. Proponents of this session's House Bill 15-1172 expressed concern that the possibility of punitive damages could harm businesses.

Feb 17, 2015

House panel OKs creation of Strategic Plan on Aging

Bob Semro, the Bell's health policy analyst, testified on Tuesday in favor of a proposal to create a Strategic Plan on Aging for Colorado.

Over the next 25 years, Colorado will see unprecedented growth in its population of senior citizens, and our state is not prepared for it. Starting a planning process is one of the Bell's top priorities for this session.

Feb 13, 2015

This Week Under the Dome: Bell's Jones offers testimony

Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, offered testimony this week on three proposals – a plan to repeal the Jobs Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act of 2013, a bill concerning use of electronic payroll cards to pay employees and proposed changes to the way child-support payments for families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families are handled.

Here's a summary of each proposal with links to Jones' testimony:

Feb 12, 2015

Straight talk on health care reform: States can experiment

It's easy to think of the Affordable Care Act as monolithic national policy, a federal program so big that it is impregnable and impervious to change. But that would be wrong.

In fact, there are provisions in the ACA that allow states to change major parts of the law as long as those changes preserve the ACA's goals of establishing quality, affordable health care coverage.

Those provisions are known as "innovation waivers." Technically, they are called "Section 1332," "2017" or "state innovation" waivers.

Feb 9, 2015

Bell position: No repeal of Job Protection/Civil Rights Act

Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, on Monday urged members of the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee to reject proposed legislation that would repeal the Jobs Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act of 2013.

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