Teen Suicide Prevention Measure Passes House Education Committee

January 23, 2012

January 23, 2012 (Denver) – A resolution to help raise awareness on teen suicide co-sponsored by Rep. Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood) unanimously passed through the Education Committee today. HJR 1004, co-sponsored by Rep. Andy Kerr and Rep. Tom Massey (R-Poncha Springs) calls for more training in suicide prevention for educators and strives to lessen the stigma on

Military Day at the Capitol: House Dems Sponsor 3 Resolutions

January 23, 2012

January 23, 2012 (Denver) – Before an audience that included state senators and the senior commanders of the Army and Air Force bases in Colorado, the House of Representatives observed its annual Military Day today, honoring those from Colorado who have died wearing our nation’s uniform and all Coloradans who have served in our armed forces.

Reps. Duran, McCann Roll Out Homeowner Protection Measures

January 22, 2012

January 22, 2012 (Denver) – Two Democratic legislators from Denver launched a pair of bills today to help responsible Colorado families avoid mortgage foreclosure and stay in their homes. The bills introduced at a press conference today by Reps. Crisanta Duran and Beth McCann will protect Colorado neighborhoods and Colorado home values in a real estate

Jonathan Singer Is Newest State Representative

January 22, 2012

January 22, 2012 (Denver) – Jonathan Singer, a Longmont social caseworker, is the newest member of the Colorado House of Representatives and the 32nd member of the House Democratic caucus. Rep. Singer, 32, was selected on Saturday, Jan. 21, by a Boulder County Democratic Party vacancy committee. He will complete the term of Deb Gardner, who resigned

Tech Transfer Bill Survives First Test

January 21, 2012

January 31, 2012 (Denver) – A major component of the House Democrats’ 2012 jobs package advanced today when the Tech Transfer bill sponsored by Rep. Dave Young and Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino was approved by the House Economic & Business Development Committee. The panel voted 7-5 to send the bill to the Appropriations Committee. The Tech

GOP Sidetracks Jobs Agenda for Empty Political Measure

January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012 (Denver) – In a session where all sides agreed that the top three priorities were jobs, jobs and jobs, Republicans devoted the first 2012 floor debate in the state House of Representatives to a toothless, partisan resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to convene a constitutional convention to repeal the federal Affordable

‘Partners, Not Partisans’: On Opening Day, Ferrandino Calls for Cooperation on Practical Solutions

January 11, 2012

January 11, 2012 (Denver) – Rep. Mark Ferrandino called on members of the state House of Representatives today to put aside partisan differences as the Colorado General Assembly convened for its 2012 session. “House Democrats will not take the low road toward gridlock and dysfunction,” Rep. Ferrandino said in his first floor speech as leader

Young-Ferrandino Bill Opens Paths to Medicaid Solutions

January 10, 2012

January 10, 2012 (Denver) – Soaring Medicaid costs are straining the state budget. Today, Rep. Dave Young and Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino proposed a bill to save money and maximize health outcomes. “Colorado families are still suffering from the aftereffects of the Great Recession and thus the Medicaid rolls continue to grow,” Rep. Young (D-Greeley)

House Dems Launch ‘Start Up Colorado’ Jobs Package

January 9, 2012

January 9, 2012 (Denver) – House Democrats rolled out three more job-creation proposals today, a package focused on nurturing the small businesses and new technologies that are the leading sources of jobs for Coloradans. “There’s a lot of talk about job creation in this building, but this package is actually going to be creating jobs,”

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