Promoting Employee Ownership

March 16, 2017

(March 16) – Rep. James Coleman’s bill to promote employee ownership of Colorado businesses won a party-line endorsement in the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee this afternoon. HB17-1214 directs the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade to promote employee ownership as part of its small business assistance center. Rep. Coleman, D-Denver, told

Reducing Abortion by 46 Percent

March 16, 2017

(March 16) – Rep. Brittany Pettersen’s bill to give women access to 12 months of contraception at one time earned initial approval from the House this morning. “This is a simple change that doesn’t increase cost and ensures that women—instead of coming back to the pharmacy every month—can take home their 12-month prescription,” said Rep.

Tackling Dark Money in Political Campaigns

March 15, 2017

(March 15) –Majority Leader KC Becker and Reps. Jeff Bridges, Mike Weissman and Chris Kennedy introduced four pieces of legislation this afternoon to strengthen Colorado’s campaign finance rules on election-related spending. “These bills will close loopholes and increase transparency in Colorado campaign finance law to level the playing field and ensure Colorado voters have a

Esgar Transgender Birth Certificate Bill Advances

March 15, 2017

(March 15) – A bill to remove one of the many obstacles that transgender people must overcome to live safely in Colorado won final House approval this morning. The vote was 37-26. HB17-1122, sponsored by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, would remove the current requirement that transgender people undergo sex reassignment surgery and appear before a judge

Relief for the Rural Teacher Shortage

March 15, 2017

(March 15) – Colorado’s rural school districts are facing critical teacher shortages, with some positions going unfilled for five years or more. Meanwhile, plenty of retired teachers are living in rural districts, but are barred from returning to work by the rules governing their PERA retirement plans. To apply the available resource to meet the

Recognizing the Work of STEM Students

March 15, 2017

  (March 15) – A bill from Rep. James Coleman, D- Denver, passed out of the House Education Committee 12-0 today which will allow Colorado school districts to grant students a diploma endorsement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to a graduating high school student who has proved mastery in the field. “As we

Helping All Coloradans Live as Who They Are

March 14, 2017

(March 14) – A bill to remove one of the many obstacles that transgender people must overcome to live safely in Colorado won voice-vote House approval this morning. HB17-1122, sponsored by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, would remove the current requirement that transgender people undergo sex reassignment surgery before being allowed to change the gender marker on

Danielson Expands Childcare Options

March 14, 2017

(March 14) – A bipartisan bill by Rep. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, to expand daycare options in Colorado earned final approval from the House with an overwhelming 60-3 vote this morning. “I bring this measure for all of the hard-working parents across the state who are struggling to find quality, affordable child care,” said Rep.

House OKs ‘Gray Market’ Marijuana Crackdown

March 13, 2017

(March 13) – A bipartisan bill to keep criminals out of marijuana cultivation in Colorado and protect Colorado communities from industrial-scale growing operations passed the House this morning. Currently, Colorado law allows each individual to grow up to 99 marijuana plants unlicensed on residential property for medical use and places no hard limits on recreational-use

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