Bill to Protect Graves from Desecration Wins Initial House OK

March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012 (Denver) – The House advanced a bill today to protect graves from desecration, defeating the Republican leadership’s attempt to gut the bill. HB12-1068, sponsored by Rep. Wes McKinley (D-Cokedale), would require the board of directors of a nonprofit cemetery to include at least one owner of a burial space in that cemetery. The

House GOP Condemns Bipartisan Jobs Bill to Purgatory

March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012 (Denver) – Republicans on the House Appropriations committee failed to pass and then failed to kill a bipartisan jobs bill to invest in workforce and entrepreneurial training for Colorado’s unemployed this morning in a blatant show of partisan politics. The action ground to a halt when Rep. Gerou (R-Evergreen) cast a “no”

Unanimous Support for Ferrandino’s State Personnel Reform

March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012 (Denver) – House Democratic Leader Mark Ferrandino’s program to reform and modernize Colorado’s state personnel system won unanimous House approval today. HB12-1321 and HCR12-1001, sponsored by Reps. Ferrandino (D-Denver) and Glenn Vaad (R-Mead), would make a wide range of changes to the personnel system, from expanding the competitive hiring process to implementing merit

Western Tiger Salamander Bill is Signed by Governor

March 20, 2012

March 16, 2012 (Denver) –A bill designating the Western Tiger Salamander as Colorado’s state amphibian was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper today. HB12-1147, introduced and sponsored by Rep. Angela Williams (D-Denver) and Sen. Joyce Foster (D-Denver), was initiated by students across the state who are tiger salamander enthusiasts. The students have been actively involved in every

Employment Opportunity Act Killed by GOP in Committee

March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 (Denver) – A bill to help unemployed Coloradans gain access to qualified jobs was killed on a party-line vote today in the House Local Government Committee. SB12-003, sponsored by Rep. Randy Fischer (D-Fort Collins), would have prohibited employers from looking at an applicant’s credit history as a factor in a hiring or promotion

For Schools, a Light at the End of the Tunnel

March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 (Denver) – Rep. Mark Ferrandino, the House Democratic leader, said the state revenue forecasts released today gave the state “breathing room” to restore proposed cuts to education spending. The legislature’s chief economist, Natalie Mullis, said the state’s economic recovery “has matured and is not as fragile as it used to be,” and estimated

House OKs Bill to Restore Balance in Juvenile Justice System

March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 (Denver) – A bipartisan bill to strengthen due process for minors charged with crimes won House approval today. The 45-20 vote for HB12-1271, sponsored by Reps. B.J. Nikkel (R-Loveland) and Beth McCann (D-Denver), sends the bill to the Senate. The measure would let a juvenile judge decide whether 14- and 15-year-olds should be

On Party-Line Vote, House OKs Bill to Impose ‘Personhood’

March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 (Denver) – House Republicans pushed through a bill this morning to confer “personhood” rights on human embryos in Colorado. The party-line vote was 33-32. HB12-1130, sponsored by Rep. Janak Joshi (R-Colorado Springs), would create a new class of crime victim – “an unborn member of the species homo sapiens.” Statutes already exist in

House GOP Moves to Impose ‘Personhood’ Via Legislation

March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012 (Denver) – After nearly two hours of bitter floor debate, House Republicans pushed through a bill today to confer “personhood” rights on human embryos in Colorado. Women legislators in the House Democratic caucus led the fight against HB12-1130, sponsored by Rep. Janak Joshi (R-Colorado Springs). It would create a new class of crime

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