More Partisan Politics: Republicans Kill Fee Reduction for Veterans and Economic Development Bills

February 17, 2012

February 17, 2012 (Denver) –In a stark display of partisanship, House Republicans today killed two Democratic-sponsored bills that received bipartisan support earlier in session. HB12-1035, sponsored by Rep. Dave Young (D-Greeley), would have eliminated the $15 fee to add a military identifier on an applicant’s driver’s license. The bill was recommended by the bipartisan Transportation Legislation

Fields and Conti’s Tougher Enforcement for Hit-and-Runs Clears First Hurdle

February 16, 2012

February 16, 2012 DENVER— House Judiciary Committee Unanimously Passes House Bill 1084. Today, state Reps. Kathleen Conti and Rhonda Fields presented a bill in the House Judiciary Committee that will create tougher enforcement laws for hit-and-runs. House Bill 1084 makes hit-and-runs a Class 4 felony, which carries the same weight as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Scorched Earth for Economic Gardening

February 16, 2012

February 16, 2012 (Denver) – A key element in the House Democrats’ 2012 jobs package died today in the House Economic and Business Development Committee. The vote was 6-5 on party lines. HB12-1133, sponsored by Reps. Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs) and Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Gunbarrel), would have provided management and technical assistance to businesses that have

Bill to Strengthen Stalking Laws Passes Committee Unanimously

February 16, 2012

February 16, 2012 (Denver) –Rep. Millie Hamner’s bill to strengthen Colorado’s stalking laws passed the Judiciary Committee today unanimously. The passage came following a rally held earlier in the day on the Capitol West Steps by supporters of the bill and organized by family members of Yvonne “Vonnie” Flores, who was murdered by a stalker. HB12-1114, sponsored by

Blockbuster, Bipartisan, Job-Creating Film Incentives Bill Advances

February 16, 2012

February 16, 2012 (Denver) – A high-concept bill with bipartisan top billing to create jobs in Colorado’s film industry premiered today on-location in the House Economic and Business Development Committee.  The bill was put in the can on a 9-3 vote and shipped to the finance committee for final edits. House Bill 12-1286, a remake of 2009’s

Committee Stiffs Kefalas Anti-Poverty Bill Package

February 16, 2012

February 16, 2012 (Denver) – Two bills by Rep. John Kefalas (D-Fort Collins) to combat poverty in Colorado have been defeated in the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. His HB12-1152, expanding the operations of the state’s poverty reduction task force, died this morning. It would have made the task force, which is currently funded

Key Democratic Jobs Bill Gets Bipartisan Support in Committee

February 15, 2012

February 15, 2012 (Denver) –A bill enhancing tourism in local communities and supported by business groups passed with bipartisan support today on a 9 to 2 vote in the local government committee. HB12-1056, authored by Rep. Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood), would strengthen the previously passed Colorado Regional Tourism Act of 2009 to clarify roles and expectations of

Wild West GOP Gun Bills Advance

February 14, 2012

February 14, 2012 (Denver) – Though they agreed at the start of the 2012 session that jobs would be the dominant topic, House Republicans reverted to social “wedge” issues again today when they pushed two more gun bills on the House floor. HB12-1064 would prohibit the state from violating the Second Amendment in the event of

Republicans Kill Wilson’s Clean Water Bill

February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012 (Denver) –Rep. Roger Wilson’s bill to implement a medication take-back program to ensure clean water for Coloradans died in the House Agriculture Committee today on a party line vote. This bill was a response to growing concerns about the trace amounts of prescription drugs found in Colorado’s water. HB12-1122 would have created the

Kagan’s Skills for Jobs Act Passes House

February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012 (Denver) – A key component of House Democrats’ 2012 jobs agenda squeaked through the House today when Rep. Daniel Kagan’s Skills for Jobs Act passed on a 33-30 vote. The bill bridges an information gap by directing the Department of Higher Education and the Department of Labor to develop workforce projections, using data

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