February 2020 President’s Blog
Greetings Colorado Stone, Sand and Gravel Members,
2021 is shaping up to be another challenging year for our industry. Those challenges can be met with the same ingenuity and resiliency that we experienced in 2020 from our organization and associate partnerships. The CSSGA has busy schedule below with committee meetings and events that we are participating in. We are planning on an in-person summer conference in Vail, August 12-13th. In the meantime, I appreciate everyone’s participation and a big thank you to Todd and Annelise for keeping our ship pointed in the right direction.
- Governmental Affairs Committee
- The Colorado General Assembly held a brief session January 13 – 15. The session focused primarily on swearing in legislators and 7 bills that made minor fixes to legislation passed last session and a few changes to existing law that will help accelerate the COVID-19 relief package. The legislators are currently in recess but plan to reconvene on February 16 when the majority of legislators should be vaccinated.
- The legislators have outline 4 primary priorities for the 2020 Session:
- Transportation Funding: A bill to raise fees on deliveries, TNCs and electric vehicles. Change the gas tax to a fee. Reconfigure the HUTF.
- Health Care: Establish a Public Option — there is no consensus among the legislators, and this may come from DC.
- Police Reform: Define previously undefined terms and an attempt to establish due process for officers facing Police Officer Standard Training (POST) revocation.
- Greenhouse Gas Roadmap: Eliminate greenhouse gases by 2050. Governor’s initiative. This initiative is not expected to have a major impact on sand/gravel, ready mixed, or asphalt operations. However, cement manufacturers in the state were named directly in the plan. Here’s a link to the plan: http://bit.ly/2LJ7YQ2
- Safety Committee
- Land Use & Environmental Committee
- While the Land Use & Environmental Committee continues to meet remotely, the group is back in full swing and looking forward to advancing and encouraging Colorado’s aggregate construction industries; providing information on legislative matters to the membership; building and enhancing positive relationships with regulatory and governmental agencies; and creating a better understanding among the citizens of Colorado regarding the importance of the aggregate mining industry. Reach out to Annelise to get involved!
Upcoming Industry Events.
Zane Luttrell, Rocky Mountain Aggregate & Construction
Board President, Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
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