Last month the Colorado Mining Association held its annual legislative reception for the first time in two years. The reception is one the association’s most important events as it introduces legislators to Colorado’s mining industry.
It may sound strange to many that we would say we’re introducing legislators to mining, but in a state that has experienced not only rapid growth but a diverse economic base, mining may be one of our oldest industries but just one of many that compete for legislators’ attention. A fast-growing renewable energy industry, strong oil and gas production, and legalization of cannabis are just examples.
Term limits imposed on state and local government elected officials means we see a stable of new legislators beginning their careers every two years. By bringing miners and vendor/suppliers together with Colorado legislators who represent communities throughout Colorado, legislators can learn about the importance of mining in Colorado. Legislators also leave with a better understanding of the economic benefits mining provides local Colorado communities.
Though the most impactful legislation is debated late in the session, this year we expect to see legislation covering climate change, air quality, and a potential bill addressing certification of minerals used in manufacturing in Colorado. Legislators, though, will spend more time this year allocating millions of federal dollars received under several federal bills including COVID relief and infrastructure spending.
124th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition
We are very excited to present this year’s conference in person in Western Colorado, June 8–10, 2022. As we have attended other mining conferences and tradeshows throughout the west, we’ve been heartened by exhibitors and mine operators who’ve expressed enthusiasm for the Grand Junction conference site.
The Conference program is being finalized and will include speakers and panel discussions related to workforce development, energy transition, ESG, and updates from our Western Slope partners. For those interested in previewing the 2022 mid-term election, we’re pleased to present Richard Wadhams, CMA’s political consultant, who has organized and run the campaigns for Colorado Governor Bill Owens, Senator Wayne Allard, South Dakota Senator John Thun, and Montana Senator Conrad Burns.
Learn more about the conference and register on CMA’s website. Early Bird pricing ends February 15!