Kraft-Tharp’s Bill to Modernize Business Tax Code Signed by Gov

June 6, 2018

(June 4) – In an important step toward modernizing Colorado’s business tax code, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp’s bill into law. “It helps businesses to have predictability and uniformity when they are looking to get off the ground or relocate,” said Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, a prime sponsor of HB18-1185. “By modernizing our

PERA Reform Signed by Gov. Hickenlooper

June 4, 2018

(June 4) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation today sponsored by House Majority Leader KC Becker and Rep. Dan Pabon to assure the long-term solvency of ColoradoPERA, the retirement plan for over 560,000 government employees.  “The system was in need of reform to bring it back into solvency, and with billions of tax payer dollars

House Democrats React to SCOTUS Decision in Masterpiece Cake Case

June 4, 2018

 (June 4) – In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Masterpiece case, House Democrats released statements reacting to the decision: “While I’m disappointed that we didn’t see a clear decision in support of civil rights today, it’s important to recognize that this is a narrow holding, and our statewide protections against

Transportation Plan Signed Into Law

May 31, 2018

(May 31) – The biggest breakthrough of the 2018 legislative session — a multiyear Colorado transportation plan to relieve traffic congestion and support our state’s economic prosperity without jeopardizing education funding – was signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper. SB18-001 will invest $645 million in one-time transportation appropriations over the next two budget

Singer Stands Up For Youth in Foster Care

May 31, 2018

(May 30) – Two bill sponsored by foster youth defender Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, were signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper. The first bill, HB18-1346, increases protections for 18- to 20-year-olds involved with the child welfare system or the Division of Youth Services who are also in foster care. Previously, a variety of laws

Duran Announces Appointments to Interim Committees

May 31, 2018

(May 31) –Speaker Crisanta Duran announced today her appointments to four committees that will be meeting during the legislative interim: Alternatives to the Gallagher Amendment Interim Study Committee: Reps. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, chairwoman, and Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood Village Legislative Workplace Interim Study Committee: Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, chairwoman, and Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster Opioid and Other Substance

Coleman’s Bills to Help Grow Teachers & Cut Cost of Child Care Signed Into Law

May 30, 2018

(May 30) – Rep. James Coleman’s top priorities this session were to help Colorado educators and parents. Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed Coleman’s bills to increase the availability of quality child care providers in Colorado and produce more teachers. Today, Gov. Hickenlooper signed HB18-1004, to extend a tax credit for donations to child care facilities.  “Coloradans deserve

Arndt-Singer Bill to Improve Drivers License Program Now Law

May 29, 2018

(May 29) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law today a bipartisan bill by Rep. Jeni Arndt, D-Fort Collins, and Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont to improve the Colorado immigrant driver’s license program. SB18-108 removes obstacles that have restricted access to a program launched in 2013 to provide driver’s licenses to all Colorado residents, regardless of

Gov Signs Michaelson Jenet Bill to Help Colorado Students

May 29, 2018

(May 29) – Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet’s bipartisan bill to expand school meal programs. The state currently pays a 40-cent copay on reduced-price lunches for K-5 students through the School Lunch Protection Program. SB18-013 will expand copay coverage through eighth grade. This bill will help remove the stigma and lunch

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