House Democrats React to SCOTUS Decision in Masterpiece Cake Case

June 4, 2018

 (June 4) – In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Masterpiece case, House Democrats released statements reacting to the decision: “While I’m disappointed that we didn’t see a clear decision in support of civil rights today, it’s important to recognize that this is a narrow holding, and our statewide protections against

Transportation Plan Signed Into Law

May 31, 2018

(May 31) – The biggest breakthrough of the 2018 legislative session — a multiyear Colorado transportation plan to relieve traffic congestion and support our state’s economic prosperity without jeopardizing education funding – was signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper. SB18-001 will invest $645 million in one-time transportation appropriations over the next two budget

Singer Stands Up For Youth in Foster Care

May 31, 2018

(May 30) – Two bill sponsored by foster youth defender Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, were signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper. The first bill, HB18-1346, increases protections for 18- to 20-year-olds involved with the child welfare system or the Division of Youth Services who are also in foster care. Previously, a variety of laws

Duran Announces Appointments to Interim Committees

May 31, 2018

(May 31) –Speaker Crisanta Duran announced today her appointments to four committees that will be meeting during the legislative interim: Alternatives to the Gallagher Amendment Interim Study Committee: Reps. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, chairwoman, and Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood Village Legislative Workplace Interim Study Committee: Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, chairwoman, and Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster Opioid and Other Substance

Coleman’s Bills to Help Grow Teachers & Cut Cost of Child Care Signed Into Law

May 30, 2018

(May 30) – Rep. James Coleman’s top priorities this session were to help Colorado educators and parents. Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed Coleman’s bills to increase the availability of quality child care providers in Colorado and produce more teachers. Today, Gov. Hickenlooper signed HB18-1004, to extend a tax credit for donations to child care facilities.  “Coloradans deserve

Arndt-Singer Bill to Improve Drivers License Program Now Law

May 29, 2018

(May 29) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law today a bipartisan bill by Rep. Jeni Arndt, D-Fort Collins, and Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont to improve the Colorado immigrant driver’s license program. SB18-108 removes obstacles that have restricted access to a program launched in 2013 to provide driver’s licenses to all Colorado residents, regardless of

Gov Signs Michaelson Jenet Bill to Help Colorado Students

May 29, 2018

(May 29) – Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet’s bipartisan bill to expand school meal programs. The state currently pays a 40-cent copay on reduced-price lunches for K-5 students through the School Lunch Protection Program. SB18-013 will expand copay coverage through eighth grade. This bill will help remove the stigma and lunch

Signed: Civil Rights Protections for All Coloradans

May 22, 2018

(May 22) – Closing one of the more drawn-out dramas of the 2018 legislative session, Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed into law Speaker Crisanta Duran’s bill to continue the Colorado Civil Rights Division and the commission that supervises it. “There are times we must plant our feet and stand firm for a just result,” said

Opioids Package Signed by Guv

May 21, 2018

(May 21) – Gov. John Hickenlooper went to Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge today to sign five bills to tackle opioid abuse, which has become the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. “The war on opioids will not be won overnight, but today we gain some ground,” said Rep.

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