Bill Improving Drivers License Program Hits the Road

April 4, 2018

(April 4) – A bipartisan bill to improve access to a program to reduce the number of unlicensed drivers on Colorado roads passed the House Local Government Committee today. In 2013, the legislature passed SB13-251, which provided driver’s licenses to all Colorado residents, regardless of immigration status. The program puts more competent, insured drivers on

Danielson Bill Gives Every Kid a Path to a Good-Paying Job

April 4, 2018

(April 4) – Rep. Jessie Danielson’s bill to better connect Coloradans to vocational and technical training opportunities passed the House Education Committee today. With the bipartisan sponsorship of Reps. Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, and Phil Covarrubias, R-Brighton, HB18-1341 would create a directory of apprenticeships and vocational technical training programs in Colorado that may be accessed by

Jackson Bill Closes Loopholes in Revenge Porn Law

April 3, 2018

(April 3) – The House gave unanimous support today to Rep. Dominique Jackson’s bill to remove loopholes from Colorado’s revenge porn law. HB18-1264, sponsored by Reps. Jackson, D-Aurora, and Terri Carver, R-Colorado Springs, closes significant loopholes in the original 2014 revenge porn law that leave victims vulnerable. For example, current law does not protect a

Jobs Program Getting Its Re-Enlistment Papers

April 3, 2018

(April 2) – A three-year extension of one of the state’s most successful job development programs took its first step through the legislative process this afternoon. HB18-1316, sponsored by Reps. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, and Tony Exum Sr., D-Colorado Springs, has bipartisan sponsorship in the state Senate. The bill extends the Skilled Worker, Outreach, Recruitment and

Making Clean Water a Higher Priority

April 2, 2018

(April 2) – A bill to limit water pollution from future hardrock mining operations in Colorado debuted successfully today in the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee. Mining operations have polluted more than 1,600 miles of Colorado rivers and streams, and the state is one of just seven that allow “self-bonding,” which allows mines

House Passes Buckner’s Anti-Bullying, Child Care Bills

April 2, 2018

(April 2) – A pair of bipartisan bills by Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, addressing child safety issues passed the House today. SB18-151, sponsored in the House by Reps. Buckner and Jim Wilson, R-Salida, requires the Department of Education to develop a bullying prevention policy as guidance for school districts around the state. “I named this

Benavidez Bill Boosting Construction Jobs Passes House

April 2, 2018

(April 2) – Rep. Adrienne Benavidez’s bill to spur workforce development in the construction trades passed the House today. Colorado will need upwards of 30,000 construction workers in the next 20 years, but the industry is struggling to find enough skilled workers to meet the need. HB-1278, sponsored by Rep. Benavidez, D-Adams County, will help

Bipartisan Support for a Strong CO Budget

March 29, 2018

(March 29) – The House of Representatives voted 42-22 today to approve the state budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins July 1.  “Our strong economy has made our job easier, allowing us to make new investments in education, infrastructure and a variety of other priorities that have been denied or underfunded for many years,”

Strong CO Budget Survives GOP Onslaught

March 29, 2018

(March 28) – During a marathon 10-hour session that just beat a midnight deadline, the House of Representatives cast a series of voice votes late tonight to approve a state budget package for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins July 1. “We had an unusual number of amendments and we’ll have to reconcile some budget-balancing

Bill to Fight Back Against Federal Tax Overhaul Advances 

March 27, 2018

(March 26) – The House Education Committee voted today 7-6 to approve a bill led by House Education Committee Chairwoman Brittany Pettersen and Assistant Majority Leader Alec Garnett, to make sure state incentives for college savings accounts are used for their intended purpose – college savings.  The federal tax bill, which is a giveaway to

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