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Coloradoans, for the first time in nearly a decade, will have truly competitive partisan races for statewide elected offices and U.S. Senator. Despite efforts of Democrat groups to encourage support for weaker candidates such as Ron Hanks and Greg Lopez, Republicans and unaffiliated voters voting a Republican ballot made a clear statement that primary voters wanted to move past...
The bills have been passed and signed into law. The attention now turns to planning for the 2023 Legislative Session and covering state agency regulations to implement laws passed in previous sessions, along with the never-ending campaigns for election and re-election. On the legislative side, the Legislative Committee on Tax Policy and Task Force held its first meeting June 24...
The 124th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition is “in the books”! Our first conference in Grand Junction was huge success if not “hot” (when we left Grand Junction, the temperature measured 102 degrees). John Marshall, President of Colorado Mesa University welcomed the CMA membership at the “I Dig Mining Welcome Reception” following the CMA Board Meeting Wednesday evening. We...
The legislative session wrapped up near midnight May 11, leaving no more to do except for the Governor’s action on the bills passed by both chambers. That deadline fell at midnight June 10, when the Governor signed the last of the nearly 600 bills placed before him. (One hundred twenty-five bills had been killed prior to reaching the Governor’s...
May 17th, 2022 Federal Issues Chris Reichard provided an update on EPA’s activities regarding the WOTUS rule including information regarding the regional roundtables. What discussion items the Roundtables would cover was discussed. Federal PFAS – Presentation later this summer, new testing method, NPDES permit expectations for EPA permits (pretreatment), https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2022-04/npdes_pfas-memo.pdf State Issues Metal Mining General Permit – June 2, 12:30 Meeting...
The Colorado Mining Association Education Foundation is happy to announce that our new format two-day teacher workshop for June was successfully completed and went very well. The teachers who took the course could not say enough about how much they learned and how valuable they found the experience. Our first day included on-campus sessions and field trips with members...
As the general assembly winds down the 2022 legislative session, CMA will be addressing several bills affecting Colorado's business climate environment including radical measures imposing new health-based air toxic air quality standards. In fact, we may only be able to defeat some bills by seeing the clock run out of time for their consideration. For a complete discussion of...
We are less than a week away from adjournment sine die, the moment when the clock stops for the Colorado General Assembly. Under the state constitution, the 120 conclusion of the legislative session arrives at 12:00 a.m. May 12. No further business may be conducted after that time unless pursuant to a Special Session called by the Governor or...
April 19, 2022 Federal Issues Sackett Brief – Amicus Brief – CMA Committee discussed CMA’s decision not to join industry trade associations Amicus Curiae brief. Also discussed was information about EPA’s roundtables and the Maui case. Finalization of Comments Regarding Aluminum Technical Support Documents by NMA. State Issues Chemical Evaluations – CDPHE WQCD Chemical Evaluation Webpage Issues to Discuss with...
April 19, 2022 DRMS Update Ginny Brannon described the Division’s meeting with Glenwood Springs about an underground coal mine fire only one mile West of the city and discussed improving roads for the purpose of doing investigative work and characterizing the fire as well as continuing monitoring and mitigation efforts. Jim Stark covered a program to hammer out the MOU...