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

Williams Applauds Grant for Foreclosure Counseling Program

March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012 (Denver) – Rep. Angela Williams (D-Denver) said today she was delighted that $5.6 million from a $25 billion nationwide settlement with big banks accused of abusive loan servicing practices would go to Colorado foreclosure prevention counseling programs to help homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments. Colorado’s $204 million share of the nationwide

Panel OKs Ferrandino’s Reform of State Personnel System

March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012 (Denver) – House Democratic Leader Mark Ferrandino’s program to reform and modernize Colorado’s state personnel system and attract and retain the highest quality employees won unanimous approval today in the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. With HB12-1321 and HCR12-1001, Rep. Ferrandino (D-Denver) and his House cosponsor, Rep. Glen Vaad (R-Mead), are

House GOP Slams Door on Colorado Homeowners

March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012 (Denver) – A bill to protect homeowners and ensure that banks and lenders prove they have the legal right to foreclose was killed in the House Economic Development Committee today.  The bill, lauded by consumer advocacy organizations across the state, was sponsored by Rep. Beth McCann (D-Denver). This bill, HB12-1156, required foreclosing

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