Long-Term Stability for CO Open Spaces Program

April 12, 2018

(April 12) – The House gave preliminary approval today to Rep. Jeni Arndt’s bill to create a stable funding stream for Colorado’s highly successful program to preserve and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities.  SB18-066, sponsored in the House by Reps. Arndt, D-Fort Collins, and Cole Wist, R-Centennial, extends the state lottery division through 2049. Lottery proceeds

Kumbaya on the ‘Long Bill’

April 11, 2018

(April 11) – With nary a no vote this afternoon, the Joint Budget Committee resolved disagreements between the House and Senate on the state budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Today’s action by the JBC, which has three Democrats and three Republicans, was crucial to reconcile divergent versions of HB18-1322, aka the “long bill.”

Lee’s Bill Extending Veterans Jobs Program Advances

April 11, 2018

(April 11) – Rep. Pete Lee’s bill to continue a successful program to connect Colorado veterans to good jobs passed the House Education Committee unanimously today. HB18-1343, sponsored by Rep. Lee, D-Colorado Springs, with Rep. Terri Carver, R-Colorado Springs, continues the Colorado Veterans’ Service to Career pilot program begun in 2016. The pilot program provides

Raising Up Foster Care

April 11, 2018

(April 10) – A package of bills to enhance Colorado’s foster care system advanced today in the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee. The four bills would improve foster care and help to address a shortage of foster families in Colorado. As the state has grown, so has the number of children needing

McLachlan’s Affordable Housing Bill Advances

April 9, 2018

(April 9) – Rep. Barbara McLachlan’s bill to address one facet of Colorado’s affordable housing crisis debuted successfully today in the House Finance Committee. HB18-1315, which is also sponsored by Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, is part of the House Democrats’ affordable housing agenda. Under current law, purchasers of mobile homes must pay sales tax

‘A Balanced Approach’ on Transportation Funding

April 9, 2018

(April 9) – Speaker Crisanta Duran and the chairwoman of the House Transportation & Energy Committee today reiterated their reservations about SB18-001, a proposed state spending spree on roads. “I welcome our dialogue on transportation solutions, one of several critical funding issues for Colorado,” Speaker Duran said. “We have a budget package that commits nearly

House OKs Increased Disclosure of Oil & Gas Incidents

April 6, 2018

(April 6) – A bill to increase the amount of information available to regulators and the public on accidents, spills and other events involving oil and gas operations won preliminary House approval this morning. HB18-1157, sponsored by Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder, and Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, puts consistent and specific requirements in place for

Keeping ‘Crossover Youth’ From Falling Between the Cracks

April 6, 2018

(April 6) – Rep. Joe Salazar’s bill to integrate and coordinate management of troubled Colorado youth won voice-vote approval in the House today. SB18-154, sponsored in the House by Rep. Salazar, D-Thornton, addresses the special category of “crossover youth,” those young Coloradans who are involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. By requiring

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