Rep. Levy’s Disaster Insurance Reform Bill Goes Up in Smoke

February 8, 2012

February 8, 2012 (Denver) – Voting against Colorado consumers, House Republicans have defeated a bill to close loopholes in casualty insurance policies sold in the state. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder), died on a 6-5 party-line vote today in the House Local Government Committee. The bill, HB12-1057, was spurred by the Fourmile Canyon

Safe Drilling Bills Die in House Committee

February 7, 2012

February 7, 2012 (Denver) – A pair of bills sponsored by House Democrats to give Coloradans more protection from  oil and gas drilling near their homes died today in the House Local Government Committee. Rep. Su Ryden’s bill, HB12-1176, would have set a 1,000-foot minimum statewide setback for drilling operations near schools or residential areas. The

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

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