House OKs Bill to Assess Prospects for Front Range Rail

April 17, 2017

(April 17) – The House gave voice-vote approval today to a bill to envision Front Range rail service in Colorado’s future. SB17-153, sponsored in the House by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, replaces the existing Southwest Chief Commission, which is set to expire this July, with an expanded Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission.

Upgrading Colorado’s Education System

April 17, 2017

(April 17) – The House voted 53-11 today to approve a bipartisan bill by Reps. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, and Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, to establish a legislative steering committee to create a strategic plan for the future of education in Colorado. “I’m so pleased with today’s vote because it indicates that the vast majority of the

Headache Relief for CO Small Businesses

April 17, 2017

  (April 17) – Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp’s bill to seek ways to simplify sales tax collections in Colorado won the unanimous support of the House this morning. HB17-1216, also sponsored by Rep. Lang Sias, R-Arvada, would convene a three-year task force to study and report annually on ways to streamline local sales tax rates and

Ensuring a Secure Financial Future

April 14, 2017

(April 13) – The Colorado Secure Savings Plan—a bill by Reps. Brittany Pettersen and Janet Buckner to allow Colorado workers to save a portion of their wages for retirement—earned approval from the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee this afternoon. “Almost half of private-sector workers do not have access to the easiest and best way to save

Campaign Finance Reform Bills Head to Senate

April 13, 2017

(April 13) – Two bills by Majority Leader KC Becker and Rep. Jeff Bridges to increase transparency and accountability in Colorado’s elections earned final from the House this morning. HB17-1261 ensures that voters know who is paying for mass election communications by requiring “paid for by” disclaimers on all electioneering materials. “In the name of

Transparency in Utility Bills

April 12, 2017

(April 12) – Majority Leader KC Becker and Rep. Daneya Esgar passed a bill out of the House Transportation Committee this afternoon that requires more transparent information to be posted on electric bills. “Given changes in technology and energy, there’s more desire from customers to access information about utilities,” said Majority Leader Becker, D-Boulder. “This

Keeping a Hot Market From Burning Tenants

April 12, 2017

(April 12) – A bill to give Colorado renters some protection from the pressures of a hot real estate market passed the House Local Affairs Committee today. SB17-245, sponsored in the House by Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, gives a tenant in a month-to-month rental the right to 21 days’ notice if a landlord decides to

Helping Those Who Help Abused Children

April 12, 2017

(April 11) – An effort to get a handle on the alarmingly high rate of turnover among child welfare caseworkers was launched successfully today in the House Public Health & Human Services Committee. The national average length of employment for child welfare workers is about three years. This is of concern to the workers, who

Campaign Finance Reform Bills Pass House

April 11, 2017

(April 11) – Sponsored by Majority Leader KC Becker and Rep. Jeff Bridges, two bills to increase transparency and accountability in Colorado’s elections earned initial approval from the House this morning. HB17-1261 ensures that voters know who is paying for mass election communications by requiring “paid for by” disclaimers on all electioneering materials. “In the

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