Duran & Becker’s Statement on Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

July 10, 2018

(July 9) – Speaker Crisanta Duran and Majority Leader KC Becker released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. “The fate of civil and voting rights, reproductive freedoms and worker protections all hang in the balance with this Supreme Court nominee,” said Speaker Duran, D-Denver. “There’s

Becker’s Bill to Protect Against Air Pollution Signed by Governor

May 18, 2018

(May 18) – Governor Hickenlooper signed Majority Leader KC Becker’s bipartisan bill today to increase fees for stationary sources of air pollution. According to recent reports, Colorado continues to suffer from poor air quality. “Protecting Colorado’s air quality isn’t a partisan issue,” Rep. Becker, D-Boulder said. “This bill is about protecting public health, our seniors,

Esgar Advances Bill Putting Guardrails on PUC

April 5, 2018

(April 4) – Rep. Daneya Esgar’s bill to reform the Colorado Public Utilities Commission passed its first legislative test today. Rep. Esgar’s bill, HB18-1281, slams the revolving door that allows PUC members to have recently served in a senior position with one of the utilities the PUC regulates, and it prohibits PUC members from having

Oil & Gas Safety Bill Advances

February 2, 2018

(Feb. 2) – Rep. Joe Salazar’s bill to make the protection of public health, safety and welfare the primary consideration in decisions relating to oil and gas development passed the House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee late Thursday night. HB18-1071 is a game-changing bill that recognizes the Colorado Court of Appeals’ 2017 ruling in Martinez

Fighting for CO Homegrown, Renewable Energy

May 11, 2017

(May 10) – The House approved a slimmed-down energy bill tonight, continuing the Colorado Energy Office but stripping off a smorgasbord of political tradeoffs that, if adopted, would have cooled some of the energy-related debates that have roiled Colorado, but proved unmanageable. The Energy Office, which would have sunset on July 1, was only one

GOP Filibuster Kills Oil & Gas Safety Bill

May 9, 2017

(Tuesday, May 9) – A House Republican filibuster ran out the clock on Monday on a bill to give the public access to maps of oil and gas companies’ flowlines — the pipelines, usually underground, that carry natural gas from wellheads to collection points. HB17-1372, sponsored by Reps. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, and Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton,

Clarity on Underground Gas Lines

May 5, 2017

(May 5) –Reps. Mike Foote and Steve Lebsock are sponsoring legislation this session to give the public access to maps of oil and gas companies’ flowlines — the pipelines, usually underground, that carry natural gas from wellheads to collection points. “There is a growing consensus that more information sharing between oil and gas operators and

Esgar Bill Fostering Smooth Energy Transition Advances

April 27, 2017

(April 26) – A bill by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, to protect jobs for working people in Pueblo and around the state while reducing utility costs for Colorado ratepayers passed the House Transportation & Energy Committee this afternoon. HB17-1339, sponsored by Reps. Esgar and Chris Hansen, D-Denver, puts the bond market to work to help

Forced Pooling Guardrails Pass the House

April 26, 2017

(April 26) – A bill to reform an antiquated law that compels mineral right owners to allow exploitation of their oil and gas passed the House today on a vote of 36-29. Under Colorado’s current “forced pooling” statute, if a company drilling for oil and gas secures a lease agreement with one owner of a

Looking Out for the Public in the PUC

April 19, 2017

(April 19) – A bill by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, to improve how the Public Utilities Commission operates passed out of the House Transportation & Energy Committee this afternoon with a 9-4 vote. “This bill is about what kind of guard rails we can put in place to protect Colorado consumers,” said Rep. Esgar. “The

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