House Passes Bridges’ Bipartisan School Safety Bill

May 8, 2018

(May 8) – The House of Representatives voted unanimously this morning for Rep. Jeff Bridges’ bill to bolster school safety in Colorado’s public schools. SB18-269, sponsored by Rep. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, and Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, establishes a $30 million fund to provide grants to local education providers for capital construction that improves school

Bipartisan Accord on Transportation

May 8, 2018

(May 7) – The House of Representatives gave its preliminary assent tonight to an amended bill to achieve one of the key goals of the 2018 legislative session — a multiyear Colorado transportation plan that will relieve traffic congestion and support our state’s economic prosperity without jeopardizing education funding.  Speaker Crisanta Duran and the Senate president, Kevin

Garnett Responds to Senate Vote to Defeat Red Flags Bill

May 8, 2018

The Zackari Parrish III Violence Prevention Act Would Save Lives (May 7) – The Republican-controlled Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee voted 3-2 today to defeat the bipartisan HB18-1436, sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver and Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist, R-Centennial. “Today, my colleagues in the Senate put politics over the

Safety for Communities and Law Enforcement

May 5, 2018

House OKs Garnett’s Bill to Temporarily Impound Firearms of Dangerous People      (May 4) – The House of Representatives voted today to add Colorado to the list of states that have taken action to prevent gun violence by people facing mental health crises.   HB18-1436, sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver, and

A Bipartisan Path Forward on Redistricting

May 4, 2018

(May 4) – The House gave strong bipartisan support today to a pair of measures to revamp the process of congressional redistricting and legislative reapportionment, encouraging the creation of competitive districts and taking steps to prevent gerrymandering. “These measures are more than just a truce by both parties in the once-per-decade exercise in adjusting legislative

McLachlan Reacts to Defeat of Bill to Reduce Teacher Shortage 

May 4, 2018

(May 3) – Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, released the following statement after HB18-1367, sponsored by Reps. McLachlan and Jim Wilson, R-Salida was killed on Wednesday in a Senate committee. The bill would have provided funding for a mentoring program pairing high-achieving active or retired principals with selected principals who need to improve their skills.  Underperforming principals have been identified as a

Dems Put Bonds Back Into Transportation Bill

May 3, 2018

(May 3) – With a substantial Democratic rewrite that restores a responsible level of bonding to the equation, the House Transportation & Energy Committee voted today to advance the Senate version of a bill to dramatically increase Colorado’s transportation funding. “We’re making a commitment to invest heavily in upgrading our overburdened transportation systems to reduce

2 More Dem Affordable Housing Bills Advance

May 3, 2018

(May 2) – Two bills that are part of the House Democrats’ agenda to protect tenants and make livable housing more affordable for more Coloradans advanced today. HB18-1432, sponsored by Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, passed the Local Government Committee this afternoon on a 7-6 vote. The bill forbids landlords to disqualify prospective tenants solely because

Course Correction for Oil & Gas Development

May 2, 2018

(May 1) – The House gave final approval today to a trio of bills to put a few guardrails around oil and gas operations in Colorado. “You know the industry is out of control when it wants to drill on public open space and next to schools,” said Rep. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, who was a

Duran, Winter Assail Campus Sexual Assault Bill’s Defeat

May 1, 2018

(May 1) — Speaker Crisanta Duran and Rep. Faith Winter issued statements after a Republican-controlled state Senate committee voted this morning to kill HB18-1391, their bill to set a statewide sexual misconduct standard at Colorado’s institutions of higher education. “This bill was good public policy that was strongly supported by Colorado colleges and universities after

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