Fixing the Roads Without Mortgaging the Future

February 22, 2018

(Feb. 21) – Democrats on the House Transportation & Energy Committee voted today to defeat a bill that would have saddled the state with billions of dollars in debt that it would never be able to pay without raiding school funding. HB18-1119, sponsored by Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, would have asked the voters to authorize

A Trifecta for Exum

February 21, 2018

(Feb. 20) – Three bills sponsored by Rep. Tony Exum Sr. advanced in the legislative process today. Rep. Exum’s bill to assist the families of state employees who die in the line of duty passed House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee on a unanimous 13-0 vote. SB18-148, sponsored in the House by Reps.

Civil Rights Division Wins Strong Bipartisan Support

February 21, 2018

(Feb. 20) — The House Judiciary Committee voted 10-1 today to introduce a bill reauthorizing the Colorado Civil Rights Division & Commission, in a strong bipartisan recognition of the important role the agency plays in protecting Coloradans against discrimination. After a number of Republican amendments to weaken the CCRD were defeated by the Democratic majority

Duran Creates Select Committee on Climate Responsibility

February 15, 2018

(Feb. 15) – Speaker Crisanta Duran announced today that she has formed the House Select Committee on Climate Responsibility and named Rep. Chris Hansen, D-Denver, as its chairman.  “Climate change threatens our Colorado way of life and our state must continue to lead on climate action,” Speaker Duran said. “Colorado has a huge interest in

House Passes Duran’s Consumer Credit Protection Bill

February 14, 2018

(Feb. 14) – Speaker Crisanta Duran’s bipartisan bill to enhance protections for children against fraud and identity theft received the voice-vote approval of the House of Representatives this morning. In the wake of recent data breaches, it is more important than ever for consumers to have the tools to protect themselves. “Many of us take

Bipartisan Bill to Help Prevent Wildfires Clears House

February 14, 2018

(Feb. 8 ) – The House today passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Millie Hamner, D- Dillon, to crack down on unattended campfires. “This legislation is an essential tool in the fight against devastating wildfires that cause significant property, economic and environmental damage to our beautiful forests,” said Rep. Hamner, who sponsored the bill with

Relief for Renters Advances

February 13, 2018

(Feb. 12) – A bill to put the brakes on runaway fees for prospective tenants made a successful debut today in the House Finance Committee. Currently, there are no limits on what landlords can charge as a rental application fee and there are no safeguards to assure that the fee aligns with the actual cost

House Passes RTD Marijuana Tax Fix

February 12, 2018

(Feb. 9) — The House amended and passed SB18-088 today, sending it back to the Senate for approval. “We’re one step closer to this vital fix for special districts becoming law. I call on my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly pass this bill so these districts can finally have some relief,” said Majority Leader

House Passes Buckner’s Bill to Address Nursing Shortage

February 12, 2018

(Feb. 12) – Rep. Janet Buckner’s bill to address Colorado’s nursing shortage by expanding pathways for nursing students passed the House with strong bipartisan support today. “More nurses and better-trained nurses will translate into better health outcomes for Coloradans,” said Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora. HB18-1086, sponsored by Reps. Buckner and Paul Lundeen, R-Monument, would allow Colorado’s

House Passes Buckner Bill to Help Fix Nursing Shortage 

February 9, 2018

(Feb. 9) – Today, the House passed Rep. Janet Buckner and Rep. Paul Lundeen’s bill to help fix Colorado’s nursing shortage. The bipartisan HB18-1086 allows community colleges to offer a bachelor of science degree in nursing. “This bill is going to address the real nursing shortage by allowing more access, flexibility and affordability for Colorado students to

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