House Dems Join ‘Day Without a Woman’ Observances

March 8, 2017

(March 8) – Democratic women legislators stayed off the floor during roll call this morning in observance of International Women’s Day and the global “Day Without a Woman” demonstrations. “Women’s daily contributions to our society are under-recognized and under-appreciated,” Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, said on behalf of the Democratic women’s caucus, which includes 19 of

A Fix for CO Transportation

March 8, 2017

(March 8) – In a breakthrough achieved after months of negotiations, Speaker Crisanta Duran and Senate President Kevin Grantham introduced a bill this afternoon to address the state’s immediate and long-range transportation needs, give city and county governments a boost for local transportation priorities and ensure that more Coloradans across the state have access to

House OKs Extension of Home Heating Program

March 7, 2017

(March 7) – The House gave preliminary approval today to a bill to protect low-income Coloradans from spending their winters shivering in unheated homes. HB17-1116, sponsored by Reps. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, and Tony Exum Sr., D-Colorado Springs, enacts a five-year extension of a home heating and home insulation assistance program for Colorado’s most vulnerable families.

Finally, a Compromise on 9th-Grade Testing

March 7, 2017

(Feb. 13) – Rep. Brittany Pettersen’s bill to provide a shorter and more widely recognized ninth grade assessment directed at better preparing students for college received preliminary House approval this morning. HB17-1181 directs the State Board of Education to move away from the state English language arts and math assessments administered by the multi-state Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for