Weissman’s Parole Reform Bill Passes First Committee

January 25, 2018

(Jan. 25) – Rep. Mike Weissman’s bill to make evidence-based changes in the state’s standards for parolees won the House Judiciary Committee’s support today. Updating Colorado’s parole standards for the first time in 25 years, HB18-1029 would set the mandatory length of parole for Class 2 and Class 3 felonies at three years instead of

Contractor Selected for Workplace Harassment Review

January 25, 2018

(Jan. 24) – The leadership of the Colorado legislature selected an independent third-party contractor today to conduct a review of the state legislature’s workplace harassment policy. Harassment complaints against state legislators in 2017 prompted Speaker Crisanta Duran to call for an outside review of the workplace harassment policy as part of a campaign to “change

Welcome, Outdoor Retailers

January 23, 2018

(Jan. 23) – The House of Representatives welcomed the Outdoor Retailer show to Denver today and noted the policy decisions that attracted the show to Denver. The organizers of the Outdoor Retailer show moved the twice-a-year event from Salt Lake City to Denver in recognition of Colorado’s strong support for the outdoor recreation industry, its

House OKs Kraft-Tharp’s Red Tape Relief for Business

January 23, 2018

(Jan. 23) – Colorado took an important step today toward removing red tape for business when the House gave voice-vote approval to Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp’s bipartisan bill to take the headache out of the calculation of sales taxes in Colorado. In Colorado, the same product is subject to approximately 700 different local sales tax rates,

House Dems Mark 45th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2018

(Jan. 22) – House Democrats today marked the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that granted American women the right to a safe and legal abortion. “We hold to the fundamental principle that women should control their own bodies and that government should not interfere with the medical decisions made

Legislature Approves Bill to Expand Nursing Pool

January 16, 2018

(Jan. 16) – The Colorado House of Representatives approved its first bill of the 2018 session today — Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp’s legislation to expand the nursing pool in Colorado and allow Colorado nurses to maintain their multistate practicing licenses. “Health care does not stop at state lines and we need to ensure our nursing staff

Dems Unveil First 5 Bills

January 10, 2018

(Jan. 10) – Providing a glimpse of some of their priorities for 2018, House Democrats made work-life balance, rural education, the opioid epidemic and college education credits the topics of the first bills to be introduced in the House of Representatives in the new legislative session. “A major goal this session is to create more

2018 Opening Day Speech

January 10, 2018

Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran January 10, 2018 Thank you and welcome to the second regular session of the 71st General Assembly. 2018 is shaping up as another great year for Colorado. Our overall economy continues to grow and our unemployment rate continues to be one of the lowest in the nation. We continue

2018 Session Under Way

January 10, 2018

(Jan. 10) – Speaker Crisanta Duran kicked off the 2018 legislative session this morning by calling on the Colorado House of Representatives to be “a barrier to the forces of division” and to maintain the momentum of a string of legislative achievements in 2017. “Our task over the next 120 days,” she said in her

Duran Announces Committee Assignment Changes

January 9, 2018

(Jan. 9) – Speaker Crisanta Duran announced changes this morning to House committee assignments for the 2018 legislative session. Replacing the departed Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush as chairwoman of the Transportation & Energy Committee is Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, who had been vice chairwoman. The new vice chairwoman is Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango. Rep. Dylan

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