Up for Glass in Colorado? Glass Expo Rocky Mountain 2006 Attendees Learn
of New Legislation
by Brigid OLeary and Rebecca Kaspari
DENVERAttendees to Glass Expo Rocky Mountain 2006 had the opportunity
to attend a seminar today delving into the hot topics for members of the glass
industry in Colorado and, as it turns out, the hot topics right now are a lot
Bill Smith and Corky Kyle told attendees of new legislation being proposed
in 2006 that will effect legislation for the flat glass as well as the auto glass
Smith, with Workers Compensation in Colorado, explained to attendees that insurance
premiums have increased 15 percent for those that work in shop. In contrast, the
premium for mobile work has decreased seven percent. Smith cited the lack of training
and education about shop safety and the diminishing use of safety equipment for
the divergent percentages.
If you dont train [your employees], they will find a shortcut that
often is not in their best interest, said Smith. The apparent end
result will not only be costly to employees but also to your bottom line.
Additionally, Smith announced that Colorado House Bill 1006 has been introduced
to try to instate more accountability for steering violations. If
passed, the bill would further legislation already in place making it illegal
for insurance companies or insurance agents to recommend a shop or store to use
for glass repair or replacement.
Corky Kyle, president of the Kyle Group, a public and government affairs advocacy
group that represents industries including the glass industry, followed Smith
with information about the current legislative session and whats important
for the glass industry. Kyle is also the lobbyist for the Colorado Construction
Reform Coalition (CGCA).
Kyle talked about Bill 1077, which would get rid of broad form negligence and
create an intermediate sole negligence. The bill would require every
party with a grievance to pr0ove another party 100-percent negligible to avoid
being accountable for the problem.
If this becomes law, it cauterizes the terms general contractors are
using now. It means if you are even one-percent at fault, you will still pay 100
percent of the damages. Why should a glazier be responsible for an excavator?
he said. It doesnt make any sense to me.
The CCRC adamantly opposes this bill because it puts all subcontractors in
jeopardy of being held responsible for everyones actions on a job. The bill
passed committee yesterday in a vote of 7-4, and is now before the House. Should
it successfully pass both the Senate and the House, the Governor will most likely
sign his approval as well.
Counter legislation supported by the CCRC in the form of Bill 1148 has been
introduced and backed by 24 supporters. It would make each person or company responsible
for his or her own negligence. A date for the bill to be heard before the legislative
bodies has not yet been set.
The battle on our hands since the other bill came out of committee, I
cant describe it, said Kyle. You have to take action when you
see these things. The only way we can beat 1047 is to get involved.
Kyle advised his audience to get involved with lobbyists, to talk to them and
make their concerns known, as well as to get involved in the electoral process,
especially with 2006 being an election year in Colorado.
To become involved with the CGCA, contact executive director Rebecca Kaspari
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