House Completes 2017-18 Budget Package

April 25, 2017

(April 25) – The House took final action today on two bills to complete the balancing of the 2016-17 state budget. “With today’s action we have advanced a balanced budget,” said Rep. Millie Hamner, vice chairwoman of the Joint Budget Committee and sponsor of both bills, along with the other five JBC members. “But just

‘Do the Right Thing, Let the People Decide’

April 25, 2017

(April 25) – Speaker Crisanta Duran urged the Senate Finance Committee today to pass HB17-1242, the bipartisan proposal for a comprehensive, statewide plan to repair our roads and address the pressing transportation needs of our growing state. Here is Speaker Duran’s statement: “In the opening days of this legislative session, Governor Hickenlooper, Senate President Grantham,

Construction Defects Bill Passes Unanimously

April 24, 2017

(April 24) – A bill to break Colorado’s logjam over construction defects reform received the unanimous – yes, unanimous – approval of the House this morning. A consensus measure on construction defects has eluded the Colorado legislature for years. The bipartisan breakthrough was engineered by Assistant Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver, who is sponsoring HB17-1279

A Real Chance to Compete

April 24, 2017

(April 24) – The House gave final approval today to a bill to break down one of the last bastions of unemployment in Colorado – former convicts who have paid their debt but are unable to get the job that would complete their reintegration into society. HB17-1305, sponsored by Reps. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, and Jovan

A Real Chance to Compete

April 21, 2017

(April 21) – The House gave preliminary approval today to a bill to break down one of the last strongholds of unemployment in Colorado – former convicts who have paid their debt to society and straightened out their lives, but are unable to get a job. HB17-1305, sponsored by Reps. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, and Jovan

Reasonable Limits on Rental Application Fees

April 21, 2017

(April 21) – The House gave initial approval this morning to a bill by Reps. Chris Kennedy and Dominique Jackson that would protect renters from unnecessarily high rental application fees. “Some landlords are using rental application fees as a source of profit, rather than to simply find good tenants,” said Rep. Kennedy. “By limiting these

Removing Barriers for Kids to Succeed

April 21, 2017

(April 21) – Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet’s bill to protect student access to their own grades passed the House with a 48-16 vote this morning. “We have an obligation to allow students an opportunity to a free public education,” said Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City. “And that includes access to their grades if they need

Duran Hails Jobs Report

April 21, 2017

(April 21) – Speaker Crisanta Duran said she is “absolutely thrilled” by today’s report showing Colorado with the lowest unemployment rate in the country. According to the state Department of Labor and Employment’s monthly survey of households, released this morning, the unemployment rate in Colorado decreased three-tenths of a percentage point in March to 2.6

House OKs Construction Defects Breakthrough

April 21, 2017

(April 21) – The long-awaited consensus compromise on construction defects received the House’s voice-vote approval today. A bill to break Colorado’s logjam over construction defects reform has eluded the Colorado legislature for years. The bipartisan breakthrough was engineered by Assistant Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver, who is sponsoring HB17-1279 with Rep. Lori Saine, R-Firestone. Assistant

Making the Next President Easier to See

April 21, 2017

(April 21) – A bill to expand the information available to Coloradans voting for president passed the House today. HB17-1328, sponsored by Reps. Edie Hooton, D-Boulder and Chris Hansen, D-Denver, would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release five years of their tax returns in order to qualify for the ballot in Colorado in

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