Kumbaya on the ‘Long Bill’

April 11, 2018

(April 11) – With nary a no vote this afternoon, the Joint Budget Committee resolved disagreements between the House and Senate on the state budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Today’s action by the JBC, which has three Democrats and three Republicans, was crucial to reconcile divergent versions of HB18-1322, aka the “long bill.”

Lee’s Bill Extending Veterans Jobs Program Advances

April 11, 2018

(April 11) – Rep. Pete Lee’s bill to continue a successful program to connect Colorado veterans to good jobs passed the House Education Committee unanimously today. HB18-1343, sponsored by Rep. Lee, D-Colorado Springs, with Rep. Terri Carver, R-Colorado Springs, continues the Colorado Veterans’ Service to Career pilot program begun in 2016. The pilot program provides

Raising Up Foster Care

April 11, 2018

(April 10) – A package of bills to enhance Colorado’s foster care system advanced today in the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee. The four bills would improve foster care and help to address a shortage of foster families in Colorado. As the state has grown, so has the number of children needing