Family Leave Takes 1st Step

February 7, 2018

(Feb. 6) – A bill to create a Colorado insurance pool to provide paid medical leave to workers after childbirth, or to deal with serious illnesses to themselves or close family members, made a successful debut today in the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee. The family medical leave insurance program, sponsored by Reps. Faith

Helping Coloradans Afford Child Care

May 2, 2017

(May 2) – The House gave voice-vote approval today to a bill that helps low-income Coloradans keep their jobs and stay off welfare. HB17-1002, sponsored by Reps. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, and Tony Exum Sr., D-Colorado Springs, extends the state’s tax credit for child care expenses. Coloradans with annual incomes under $25,000 can claim a credit

GOP Votes Against Families

April 28, 2017

(April 28) – Republicans on the Legislative Council this afternoon voted against collaborating to solve issues relating to affordable housing, affordable healthcare, utility rates and child welfare. “It’s shocking to me that in a time when Colorado families are facing higher housing costs and challenges affording health care, Republicans have voted lockstep to shut down

Paid Family and Medical Leave Advances

April 27, 2017

(April 27) – Rep. Faith Winter’s Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, which would ensure access to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for Colorado workers, passed on second reading this morning. “In Colorado everyone should be able to be a responsible family member and a responsible employee,” said Rep. Winter, D-Westminster. “Unfortunately

Dem Housing Bills Pass First Test

April 27, 2017

(April 26) – The House Local Government approved three bills this afternoon that address access to affordable housing and protections for Colorado renters and buyers. HB17-1309, sponsored by Reps. Faith Winter and Dominique Jackson, creates a sustainable source of funding to be administered by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority to create and rehabilitate more

Reasonable Limits on Rental Application Fees

April 21, 2017

(April 21) – The House gave initial approval this morning to a bill by Reps. Chris Kennedy and Dominique Jackson that would protect renters from unnecessarily high rental application fees. “Some landlords are using rental application fees as a source of profit, rather than to simply find good tenants,” said Rep. Kennedy. “By limiting these

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

Ensuring a Secure Financial Future

April 14, 2017

(April 13) – The Colorado Secure Savings Plan—a bill by Reps. Brittany Pettersen and Janet Buckner to allow Colorado workers to save a portion of their wages for retirement—earned approval from the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee this afternoon. “Almost half of private-sector workers do not have access to the easiest and best way to save

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