Dems, GOP Reach Compromise on Budget

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 (Denver) – The legislative Joint Budget Committee scored a breakthrough today on the 2012-13 budget, reaching a compromise that will avoid further layoffs of state employees in a time of rising state revenues. The action ended a four-day standoff in the budget-writing committee, which is split 3-3 between Democrats and Republicans. The compromise

GOP Kills GOP Bill to Drug-Test Public Assistance Recipients

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 (Denver) – Under withering criticism from House Democrats, Republicans pulled the plug today on their bill to require applicants for public assistance to pass a drug test to qualify for benefits. Democrats paraded to the well to denounce HB12-1046, sponsored by Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling), as an unconstitutional presumption of guilt, a waste

Two Good Democratic Bills Face Same Defeat in Committee

March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012 (Denver) –Two Democratic-sponsored bills with ample support were killed today in State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on party-line votes. SB12-143, sponsored by Rep. Dan Pabon (D-Denver), would have directed the Office of Economic Development to provide information online featuring any non-confidential, non-proprietary data pertaining to Colorado-based businesses. This would have also directed