Colorado business leaders pan public health option, worker protections bills

Colorado business leaders on Monday panned a pair of Democratic-backed bills in the Legislature they say will harm the state’s small businesses.

The National Federation of Independent Business-Colorado hosted a news conference Monday along with local chambers of commerce, small business owners, and Republican House Minority Leader Rep. Hugh McKean, R-Loveland, to discuss Senate Bill 176 and House Bill 1232.

SB 176, known as the Protecting Opportunities And Workers Act (POWR) Act, seeks to expand protections for workers and would allow claims to be taken directly to a county or district court. The bill also would expand protections to contractors, interns and
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