(May 6) – The House of Representatives ended its 2015 regular session tonight.
“I am proud of the work we did this session,” Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst said. “I regret some of the actions taken, and not taken, by this General Assembly. But the partisan split in the House and Senate prevented either side from getting its way all the time. I am confident that our strongly bipartisan legislative record was responsive to, and will be endorsed by, the vast majority of Coloradans.”
The House’s last substantial work of the session was to repass HB15-1287, a bill to rebuild trust between Colorado’s law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve, after accepting a conference committee’s recommendations on the composition of the Peace Officer’s Standards and Training board.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, was one of 10 introduced in March in an attempt to bolster confidence in our justice system and ease police-community tensions that have flared in Colorado and across the nation. Six of those bills survived the legislative process and are awaiting the signature of Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The action capped a day in which the House took the final action to resolve the most intensely debated issue of the session – the assessment of students in the K-12 education system. HB15-1323, sponsored by Rep. John Buckner, significantly reduces the number of hours Colorado students will spend in standardized tests.
Also this evening, the House receded from its position on SB15-271 to continue the Office of Consumer Counsel, without telecom authority. A previous version of the bill included telecom oversight, but was defeated by Senate Republicans earlier in the evening.