Creating Clarity on Prison Sentences

April 30, 2013

(April 30) – A bipartisan bill to tighten the state’s procedures for counting prison sentences sailed through the House Judiciary Committee today. HB13-1323, sponsored by Speaker Pro Tem Claire Levy (D-Boulder) and Rep. Frank McNulty (R-Highlands Ranch), requires the Department of Corrections to treat offenders serving two or more sentences as serving them consecutively, unless

Guv’s Key Mental Health Bill Passes Committee

April 30, 2013

(April 30) – A bill to create a comprehensive mental health crisis response system throughout the state passed the House Public Health Care & Human Services today by a vote of nine to four. SB13-266, sponsored in the House by Reps. Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D-Arvada) and Dave Young (D-Greeley), directs the Department of Human Services to

House Approves Mental Health Task Force Bill

April 30, 2013

(April 30) – A bill to strengthen the state’s mental health system and improve public safety passed the House today on a 35-29 vote. HB13-1306, sponsored by Rep. Beth McCann (D-Denver), authorizes a task force to study issues surrounding the purchase and possession of firearms by those whose serious mental health issues, including severe substance

House Passes Annual School Finance Bill

April 30, 2013

(April 30) – The House voted 52-12 today to approve the annual school finance bill, which appropriates state funds to Colorado’s K-12 schools and related programs. SB13-260, sponsored in the House by Rep. Millie Hamner (D-Dillon), increases state support for local school districts by $51.8 million. This increase represents a small step toward reducing a