Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce
Government Affairs Committee Update
March 17, 2021
On March 15, the FACC Government Affairs Committee met and heard State and Federal Legislature updates from Alyssa Logan representing Senator Bennet's Office, Hogan Peterson, representing Congresswoman Boebart's office, Senator Ray Scott, and Representative Janice Rich. Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland and Cody Davis discussed their recent initiative and letter to Governor Polis regarding reopening Mesa County.
Mesa County: Level Blue & Plan To Re-Open Letter
  • The CDC issued an update to its mask-wearing recommendations on Monday (March 8) saying fully vaccinated individuals can now gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask. More information on the updated guidance can be found here. 
  • Due to an increase in available vaccines, individuals in the current or previous distribution phases can schedule an appointment immediately after filling out the vaccine interest form on MCPH’s website. See eligibility requirements here. 
  • Appointments may be available as soon as the next day, increasing access to the vaccine and getting us closer to community vaccination goals, allowing our community to reopen more quickly.
  • Individuals who do not yet meet distribution guidelines are still able to fill out the form. Once the individual becomes eligible, they will receive an email or phone call containing further scheduling information.
  • Mesa County is in Phase 1B.3 of vaccine distribution. This phase includes:
  • People age 60 or older.
  • Frontline essential agricultural and grocery store workers.
  • People age 16-59 with two or more high-risk conditions.
  • As of the week ending March 5, 26,639 first doses and 10,589-second doses have been administered in Mesa County for a total of 37,228 doses. 

Previously Monitored Bills 
The FACC Government Affairs Committee made the following recommendations and the Board approved to follow those recommendations

GAC Recommendation: Continue to Monitor, but did reduce the threshold to $250,000
Concerning public projects supervised by the department of transportation that are subject to the "Construction Bidding for Public Projects Act".
GAC recommendation to oppose this bill
Concerning the Colorado prescription drug affordability review board, and, in connection therewith, directing the board to review the affordability of certain drugs and establish upper payment limits for certain drugs; prohibiting certain entities from purchasing or reimbursing for any drug for distribution in the state at an amount that exceeds the upper payment limit established for the prescription drug, and establishing penalties for violations.

GAC recommendation to oppose this bill
Agricultural Workers’ Rights The bill: Removes the exemption of agricultural employers and employees from the Colorado "Labor Peace Act" and authorizes agricultural employees to organize and join labor unions; engage in protected, concerted activity; and engage in collective bargaining; Removes the exemption of agricultural labor from state and local minimum wage laws; Requires the director of the division of labor standards and statistics to promulgate rules to establish the overtime pay of agricultural employees for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week or 12 hours in one day; Grants agricultural employees meal breaks and rest periods throughout each work period, consistent with protections for other employees; Requires agricultural employers to provide agricultural employees with access and transportation to key service providers; Authorizes agricultural employees to have visitors at employer-provided housing without interference from other persons; Requires agricultural employers to provide overwork and health protections to agricultural employees; Prohibits the use of the short-handled or long-handled hoe for agricultural labor except in specific circumstances; During a public health emergency, requires an agricultural employer to provide extra protections and increased safety precautions for agricultural employees; Creates the agricultural work advisory committee to study and analyze agricultural wages and working conditions; and Creates rights, remedies, and enforcement actions for aggrieved agricultural employees, whistleblowers, relators, and key service providers.

GAC recommendation to support this bill
Broadband Board Changes To Expand Broadband Service Concerning the broadband deployment board, and, in connection therewith, modifying the composition of the board, requiring the board to develop a request for proposal process for deploying broadband into critically unserved areas in the state, and requiring the board to give additional consideration to proposed projects that would include discounted service for low-income households.
Please CLICK HERE to view the agenda of the March 15, 2021, Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee meeting.
The next FACC Government Affairs Committee meeting will be held Monday, March 29th at 4:00 pm at the Fruita Chamber office and on Zoom. Please email if you are interested in participating or have a bill you wish to see the committee discuss.  
Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce
432 E. Aspen Avenue, Fruita CO 81521
(970) 858-3894