CCRD Rescue Goes Into Effect Sunday

June 28, 2018

(June 28) – Legislation that preserves a strong and effective Colorado Civil Rights Division, the agency charged with protecting Coloradans from discrimination since 1951, is going into effect on July 1, the beginning of the state’s 2018-19 fiscal year. “By protecting a strong Civil Rights Division and Commission, we protect Coloradans from discrimination in employment,

‘A Sad Day in America’

June 27, 2018

Duran, Becker Dismayed by Supreme Court Ruling Undermining Collective Bargaining (June 27) – House leaders expressed dismay today after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing public employees to opt out of union dues. “This disappointing ruling is a setback for collective bargaining all across America,” Speaker Crisanta Duran said. “For more than a century, organized

SCOTUS Muslim Ban Decision Sends Wrong Message

June 26, 2018

(June 26) – In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to President Trump’s travel ban that discriminates against people from Muslim majority countries. “It is deeply disappointing that the highest court in the land just ruled in favor of discrimination,” said Speaker Duran, D-Denver. “Whether it’s banning Muslims from our shores or

JBC Reaffirms Commitment to Corrections Reform

June 20, 2018

(June 20) – Today, members of the Joint Budget Committee reaffirmed the work from the 2018 legislative session on pushing for meaningful reforms in Colorado’s corrections system to address prison population and capacity needs.   The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) met today to hear the quarterly revenue forecast and to consider interim supplemental requests, including

Preparing Kids for Good Jobs in the Modern Economy

June 6, 2018

(June 5) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bipartisan career development bill today sponsored by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, which extends a successful program to prepare students for good jobs through training programs, apprenticeships and internships. “Smartly investing in career development programs will grow our economy and help train Colorado students for the jobs of

Hamner’s Infant Newborn Screening Bill Now Law of the Land

June 6, 2018

(June 4) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Rep. Millie Hamner’s bill today to modernize and update Colorado’s newborn screening program to provide more accurate, timely, and comprehensive newborn screenings in Colorado. “This bill is about supporting healthy babies and families throughout Colorado,” said Rep. Hamner, D-Dillon. “There are nearly 66,000 babies born in Colorado every

Kraft-Tharp’s Bill to Modernize Business Tax Code Signed by Gov

June 6, 2018

(June 4) – In an important step toward modernizing Colorado’s business tax code, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp’s bill into law. “It helps businesses to have predictability and uniformity when they are looking to get off the ground or relocate,” said Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, a prime sponsor of HB18-1185. “By modernizing our

PERA Reform Signed by Gov. Hickenlooper

June 4, 2018

(June 4) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation today sponsored by House Majority Leader KC Becker and Rep. Dan Pabon to assure the long-term solvency of ColoradoPERA, the retirement plan for over 560,000 government employees.  “The system was in need of reform to bring it back into solvency, and with billions of tax payer dollars

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