Proposal to Help Take Big Money out of Campaigns Dies

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 (Denver) –Rep. Pete Lee’s bill to encourage more Coloradans to run for office and help curb the influence of special interests in elections was killed in the State, Military & Veterans Affairs committee today. HB12-1235, sponsored by Rep. Lee (D-Colorado Springs), would have created a campaign contribution fund that would have helped finance

Bill to Save Schools Money Killed by GOP in Committee

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 (Denver) –Rep. Andy Kerr’s bill save schools money by encouraging energy efficient standards in schools failed in the State, Veteran & Military Affairs committee today on a party-line vote. HB12-1235, sponsored by Rep. A. Kerr (D-Lakewood), would have given numerous options for school districts to align with energy efficient standards when building new

Mixed Bag for Enterprise Zone Reform

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 (Denver) – Three bills that form part of House Democrats’ 2012 jobs package went before the House Finance Committee today. One bill survived. Rep. Mark Ferrandino’s HB12-1241 passed on a 12-1 vote. The bill would create a task force to recommend reforms to the state’s enterprise zone system. One possible solution: automatic five-year

The Clock Is Ticking

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 (Denver) – Despite broad bipartisan support and the fact that it saves taxpayers more than $164,000 a day, a bill changing how Colorado counties and cities can invest their savings languishes on the House calendar because the Republican leadership refuses to bring it to a floor vote. HB12-1005, sponsored by Rep. Dan Pabon