Fighting for Homes Coloradans Can Afford

April 28, 2017

(April 28) – The House gave approval to three bills today that address access to affordable housing and protections for Colorado renters and buyers. HB17-1309, sponsored by Reps. Faith Winter and Dominique Jackson, creates a sustainable source of funding to be administered by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority to create and rehabilitate more housing

A Better Criminal Justice System

April 28, 2017

(April 28) – Rep. Pete Lee’s campaign to make Colorado’s criminal justice system into a model for the rest of the nation advanced on four fronts today. Receiving voice-vote approval was HB17-1329, which Rep. Lee, D-Colorado Springs, is sponsoring with Rep. Lois Landgraf, R-Fountain. On the heels of a highly critical report detailing excessive abuse

Healthcare Trifecta Passes House

April 28, 2017

(April 28) – The House passed three bills today to control healthcare costs and expand health insurance options in Colorado. HB17-1318, sponsored by Rep. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, would require the state to produce an annual report, from data supplied by health insurers, on pharmaceutical costs trends, including the most-prescribed and highest-cost drugs. “We know

A Criminal Justice System Focused on Prevention

April 28, 2017

(April 27) – Rep. Pete Lee’s bipartisan bill to create a crime prevention pilot program for areas of the state with little economic opportunity and high rates of criminal activity earned initial approval from the House this evening on second reading. “This is a paradigm shift in criminal justice in Colorado,” said Rep. Lee, D-Colorado

Implementing the Colorado Water Plan

April 27, 2017

(April 27) – A bill by Rep. Jeni Arndt, D-Fort Collins, to implement part of the state water plan by funding crucial water projects across the state passed the House unanimously this morning. “This year’s water project funding bill helps to ensure a sustainable water future for Colorado,” said Rep. Arndt. HB17-1248 designates funding for

Paid Family and Medical Leave Advances

April 27, 2017

(April 27) – Rep. Faith Winter’s Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, which would ensure access to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for Colorado workers, passed on second reading this morning. “In Colorado everyone should be able to be a responsible family member and a responsible employee,” said Rep. Winter, D-Westminster. “Unfortunately

Dem Housing Bills Pass First Test

April 27, 2017

(April 26) – The House Local Government approved three bills this afternoon that address access to affordable housing and protections for Colorado renters and buyers. HB17-1309, sponsored by Reps. Faith Winter and Dominique Jackson, creates a sustainable source of funding to be administered by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority to create and rehabilitate more

Esgar Bill Fostering Smooth Energy Transition Advances

April 27, 2017

(April 26) – A bill by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, to protect jobs for working people in Pueblo and around the state while reducing utility costs for Colorado ratepayers passed the House Transportation & Energy Committee this afternoon. HB17-1339, sponsored by Reps. Esgar and Chris Hansen, D-Denver, puts the bond market to work to help

Making Big Investments in CO More Attractive

April 27, 2017

(April 26) – Rep. Daneya Esgar’s bill to promote major business investments in Colorado, with a potentially huge impact on jobs and economic development in Pueblo, passed its first committee unanimously this afternoon. HB17-1356, sponsored by Rep. Esgar, D-Pueblo, with Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, would grant increased access to tax credits by large employers willing

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