JBC Reaffirms Commitment to Corrections Reform

June 20, 2018

(June 20) – Today, members of the Joint Budget Committee reaffirmed the work from the 2018 legislative session on pushing for meaningful reforms in Colorado’s corrections system to address prison population and capacity needs.   The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) met today to hear the quarterly revenue forecast and to consider interim supplemental requests, including

Preparing Kids for Good Jobs in the Modern Economy

June 6, 2018

(June 5) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bipartisan career development bill today sponsored by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, which extends a successful program to prepare students for good jobs through training programs, apprenticeships and internships. “Smartly investing in career development programs will grow our economy and help train Colorado students for the jobs of

Hamner’s Infant Newborn Screening Bill Now Law of the Land

June 6, 2018

(June 4) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Rep. Millie Hamner’s bill today to modernize and update Colorado’s newborn screening program to provide more accurate, timely, and comprehensive newborn screenings in Colorado. “This bill is about supporting healthy babies and families throughout Colorado,” said Rep. Hamner, D-Dillon. “There are nearly 66,000 babies born in Colorado every

Kraft-Tharp’s Bill to Modernize Business Tax Code Signed by Gov

June 6, 2018

(June 4) – In an important step toward modernizing Colorado’s business tax code, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp’s bill into law. “It helps businesses to have predictability and uniformity when they are looking to get off the ground or relocate,” said Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, a prime sponsor of HB18-1185. “By modernizing our

PERA Reform Signed by Gov. Hickenlooper

June 4, 2018

(June 4) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation today sponsored by House Majority Leader KC Becker and Rep. Dan Pabon to assure the long-term solvency of ColoradoPERA, the retirement plan for over 560,000 government employees.  “The system was in need of reform to bring it back into solvency, and with billions of tax payer dollars

House Democrats React to SCOTUS Decision in Masterpiece Cake Case

June 4, 2018

 (June 4) – In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Masterpiece case, House Democrats released statements reacting to the decision: “While I’m disappointed that we didn’t see a clear decision in support of civil rights today, it’s important to recognize that this is a narrow holding, and our statewide protections against

Transportation Plan Signed Into Law

May 31, 2018

(May 31) – The biggest breakthrough of the 2018 legislative session — a multiyear Colorado transportation plan to relieve traffic congestion and support our state’s economic prosperity without jeopardizing education funding – was signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper. SB18-001 will invest $645 million in one-time transportation appropriations over the next two budget

Singer Stands Up For Youth in Foster Care

May 31, 2018

(May 30) – Two bill sponsored by foster youth defender Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, were signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper. The first bill, HB18-1346, increases protections for 18- to 20-year-olds involved with the child welfare system or the Division of Youth Services who are also in foster care. Previously, a variety of laws

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