Bill to Name Tiger Salamander the State Amphibian Passes Ag Committee

February 6, 2012

February 6, 2012 (Denver) –Rep. Angela Williams’ bill naming the Tiger Salamander the Colorado State amphibian passed the Agriculture Committee today by a vote of 12 to 1. HB1147 was initiated by students across the state who are tiger salamander enthusiasts. Many children testified in defense of the bill, citing multiple reasons why the tiger salamander

Investments Bill Takes a Step Forward

February 2, 2012

March 2, 2012 (Denver) – A bipartisan bill that saves Colorado taxpayers more than $164,000 a day moved forward this morning after gathering dust for a nearly month because the Republican leadership failed to bring it to a floor vote. HB12-1005, sponsored by Rep. Dan Pabon (D-Denver) and Sen. Ted Harvey (R-Highlands Ranch), would allow counties to

Kefalas Passes Bill for Safer, Less Expensive Foster Care System

February 2, 2012

February 2, 2012 (Denver) – Rep. John Kefalas (D-Fort Collins) passed a bill through the House Health and Environment Committee today streamlining the process of kinship placements and promoting safe and increased use of kinship care for youth in the foster care system. The bill passed committee on a unanimous vote. “This bill reduces costs in

Hamner Fights ATV Bill that Strips Counties of their Power

February 1, 2012

February 1, 2012 (Denver) –A bill to strip local municipalities of control of their local roads passed 8 to 5 the Transportation committee today. HB 1066 sponsored by Rep. Kevin Priola (R-Henderson) would legalize the use of all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, on all roads, including paved, in municipalities of less than 5,000 people. There are currently 195 Colorado  municipalities that

Bill to Continue Make-A-Wish Foundation Tax Checkoff Passes Finance Committee

February 1, 2012

February 1, 2012 (Denver) –Rep. Andy Kerr’s bill to continue the “Make-a-Wish Foundation” income tax voluntary contribution checkoff passed the Finance Committee unanimously today. The Make-a-Wish Foundation grants over 250 wishes to sick Colorado kids each year. The organization receives no government funding and relies on fundraising efforts and contributions from individuals and organizations. HB 1096

Extension of Pueblo Health Care Pilot Program Passes Committee

January 31, 2012

January 31, 2012 (Denver) –A bill sponsored by Reps. Sal Pace and Keith Swerdfeger to extend a pilot program to give more local access to health care in Pueblo passed the Local Government committee yesterday. HB 1017, co-sponsored by Rep. Pace (D-Pueblo), Rep. Keith Swerdfeger (R-Pueblo West) and Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) extends the Health Access

Now Sworn In, Rep. Singer Joins Economics Committee

January 27, 2012

January 27, 2012 (Denver) – Rep. Jonathan Singer was sworn in today, formally becoming the newest member of the state House of Representatives. Rep. Singer (D-Longmont) took the oath this morning before state Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice and the assembled House. The House Democratic leader, Rep. Mark Ferrandino, immediately assigned Rep. Singer to the Economic

Young’s First Bill Wins Committee Approval

January 26, 2012

January 26, 2012 (Denver) – Rep. Dave Young’s bill to waive the $15 fee Colorado’s military veterans must pay to have their status imprinted on their driver’s licenses or state ID cards was approved today. The House’s State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee voted 6-3 to send the measure to the Appropriations Committee. The bill takes

Education Committee Endorses Skills for Jobs Act

January 25, 2012

January 25, 2012 (Denver) – A key component of the House Democrats’ 2012 jobs package passed its first legislative test today when Rep. Daniel Kagan’s Skills for Jobs Act was approved unanimously by the House Education Committee. The bill, HB12-1061, directs the state Department of Higher Education to work with the state Department of Labor and

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