Duran Voices ‘Serious Concerns’ on CCRD Changes

April 19, 2018

(April 19) – Speaker Crisanta Duran reacted today to Senate amendments to HB18-1256, a bill to continue the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Civil Rights Division. Here is her statement: “Our goal is to ensure that Coloradans have the right to work and live in Colorado without fear of discrimination and harassment in their jobs

When Minimum Wage Is Not Enough

April 18, 2018

(April 18) – The House Local Government Committee advanced a bill today to allow counties and cities to increase the minimum wage in their localities beyond the state minimum wage, currently $10.20 an hour. HB18-1368, sponsored by Reps. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, and Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, would allow local governments to adjust their minimum wage

House OKs Bill Improving Drivers License Program

April 18, 2018

(April 18) – A bipartisan bill to improve access to a program to reduce the number of unlicensed, uninsured drivers on Colorado roads passed the House today. SB18-108, sponsored in the House by Reps. Jeni Arndt, D-Fort Collins, and Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, removes obstacles that have restricted access to a program launched in 2013 to

A Go-To Office for CO Mental Health Concerns

April 18, 2018

(April 17) – For the thousands of Coloradans frustrated by lack of access to mental health services, a bill by Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet offers hope for a brighter future. “Nearly half a million Coloradans are not getting the mental health and substance use treatment they need,” said Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City. “People in

House Passes Two Bills to Tackle Teacher Shortage

April 17, 2018

(April 16) – A pair of bills to address the statewide teacher shortage passed the House today. HB18-1189, sponsored by Reps. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, and Lang Sias, R-Arvada, creates a pilot program to expand residencies, in which aspiring teachers are paired with experienced mentor teachers in the classroom. “We need to continue to look at

House Protects Net Neutrality

April 17, 2018

(April 17) – The House passed legislation today to ensure that an open and free internet is protected in Colorado. HB18-1312, sponsored by Reps. Chris Hansen, D-Denver, and Leslie Herod, D-Denver, to protect net neutrality and safeguard taxpayer money, passed on a 35-28 vote. Last year, the Trump administration rolled back Obama-era rules ensuring a

A PERA Fix That’s Really a Fix

April 17, 2018

(April 16) – A bill to assure the long-term solvency of Colorado PERA, the retirement plan for teachers and government employees, was significantly amended in the House Finance Committee today. SB18-200, sponsored in the House by Majority Leader KC Becker and Rep. Dan Pabon, commits $225 million in new funding to reduce PERA’s liability and

Duran-Winter Bill to Address Sexual Assault on Campus Headed to the House Floor

April 17, 2018

(April 16) – The House Education Committee approved a bill sponsored by Speaker Cristana Duran and Rep. Faith Winter to address sexual misconduct in higher education by a vote of 7-6. Last year, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded Obama-era guidance for institutions of higher education on how they should address sexual assaults under the

House Passes Family Leave

April 16, 2018

(April 16) – A bill to create a Colorado insurance pool to provide paid medical leave to workers after childbirth, or to deal with their own serious illnesses of those of close family members, passed the House today. The family medical leave insurance program, sponsored by Reps. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, and Matt Gray, D-Broomfield, would

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