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

McLachlan’s Affordable Housing Bill Advances

April 9, 2018

(April 9) – Rep. Barbara McLachlan’s bill to address one facet of Colorado’s affordable housing crisis debuted successfully today in the House Finance Committee. HB18-1315, which is also sponsored by Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, is part of the House Democrats’ affordable housing agenda. Under current law, purchasers of mobile homes must pay sales tax

‘A Balanced Approach’ on Transportation Funding

April 9, 2018

(April 9) – Speaker Crisanta Duran and the chairwoman of the House Transportation & Energy Committee today reiterated their reservations about SB18-001, a proposed state spending spree on roads. “I welcome our dialogue on transportation solutions, one of several critical funding issues for Colorado,” Speaker Duran said. “We have a budget package that commits nearly

House OKs Increased Disclosure of Oil & Gas Incidents

April 6, 2018

(April 6) – A bill to increase the amount of information available to regulators and the public on accidents, spills and other events involving oil and gas operations won preliminary House approval this morning. HB18-1157, sponsored by Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder, and Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, puts consistent and specific requirements in place for

Keeping ‘Crossover Youth’ From Falling Between the Cracks

April 6, 2018

(April 6) – Rep. Joe Salazar’s bill to integrate and coordinate management of troubled Colorado youth won voice-vote approval in the House today. SB18-154, sponsored in the House by Rep. Salazar, D-Thornton, addresses the special category of “crossover youth,” those young Coloradans who are involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. By requiring

House Passes Buckner Bill to Cut High Rx Costs

April 5, 2018

(April 5) – The Drug Costs Savings Act, Rep. Janet Buckner’s bill to increase cost transparency around prescription drugs, passed the House today with strong bipartisan support. HB18-1284, part of the House Democrats’ agenda to control health care costs and protect consumers, allows a pharmacist to disclose a customer’s share of the cost of a

House Dems Pass ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban

April 5, 2018

(April 5) – A bill by Reps. Paul Rosenthal and Dafna Michaelson Jenet to ban so-called “conversion therapy” on minors passed the House today. “Conversion therapy” is a dangerous and discredited practice aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or suppressing a person’s gender identity. The practice has been shown to increase the risk of

Esgar Advances Bill Putting Guardrails on PUC

April 5, 2018

(April 4) – Rep. Daneya Esgar’s bill to reform the Colorado Public Utilities Commission passed its first legislative test today. Rep. Esgar’s bill, HB18-1281, slams the revolving door that allows PUC members to have recently served in a senior position with one of the utilities the PUC regulates, and it prohibits PUC members from having

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