More Funding for K-12 Classrooms

May 10, 2017

(May 10) – The House gave final approval this morning to the School Finance Act sponsored by Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, which appropriates state funds to Colorado’s K-12 schools and related programs. “We can be very proud that we were able to come to a solution that will bring more funding to our classrooms,” said

Cutting Confusion in CO Primary Elections

May 10, 2017

(May 9) – A bipartisan bill to implement voter-mandated changes in the way Colorado conducts primary elections passed unanimously through the House tonight. SB17-305, sponsored in the House by Reps. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, and Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, implements Proposition 107 and 108, which were passed by Colorado voters last November and allow unaffiliated voters

House Passes Broadband Funding Reform

May 9, 2017

 (May 9) – The House closed in today on final agreement on a significant telecomms reform intended to spur the expansion of broadband internet service in rural Colorado. Lack of broadband service hurts rural schools, hospitals and residents and makes rural communities less competitive in their economic development efforts. SB17-306, sponsored in the House by

Unexplained Death of Bipartisan Regulatory Reform Bill

May 9, 2017

(May 9) – After weeks of silence from Senate Republicans, Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp’s bipartisan regulatory reform bill to cut red tape for small business and give state agencies the ability to waive penalties for minor infractions was killed without explanation by the Senate Appropriations Committee in less than a minute. “I can’t understand why a

A Compromise to Increase Equity for Kids

May 9, 2017

(May 9) – A bipartisan compromise bill by Reps. Brittany Pettersen and Lang Sias to solve a statewide issue about mill levy funding while also increasing transparency and accountability for schools passed the House this morning with a 46-19 vote. “This bill focuses on the needs of kids and puts flexibility back in the hands

GOP Filibuster Kills Oil & Gas Safety Bill

May 9, 2017

(Tuesday, May 9) – A House Republican filibuster ran out the clock on Monday on a bill to give the public access to maps of oil and gas companies’ flowlines — the pipelines, usually underground, that carry natural gas from wellheads to collection points. HB17-1372, sponsored by Reps. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, and Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton,

Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses for CO Vets

May 8, 2017

(May 8) – With a 6-3 vote, the House State, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee this afternoon approved a bill by Reps. Barbara McLachlan and Jessie Danielson to give Colorado veterans lifetime licenses to hunt and fish free of charge. “I believe veterans who hunt and fish ought to be able do so for free – and

Missing: Kraft Tharp’s Regulatory Reform Bill

May 5, 2017

(May 5) – Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp’s bipartisan regulatory reform bill to cut red tape for small business and give state agencies the ability to waive penalties for minor infractions passed the House on April 3. It hasn’t been seen since. “Regulatory reform has been a contentious issue in the legislature for years, and I was

Firefighter Safety Bill Passes House

May 5, 2017

(April 5) – A bill by Reps. Tony Exum, Sr., and Brittany Pettersen to extend a grant program for local and volunteer fire departments earned final approval from the House this morning with a 47-17 vote. “This bill assists firefighters throughout Colorado with getting the safety equipment and training that they need to do their

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