Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence

April 30, 2018

(April 30) – The House gave final passage today to Rep. Matt Gray’s bill to give domestic violence victims more time to decide whether to file civil lawsuits against their perpetrators. For adult victims of domestic violence who wish to bring a civil suit against their abusers, the statute of limitations is only one year,

Child Care Relief for Hardworking Coloradans Passes House

April 29, 2018

(April 27) – The House passed a bill today led by Speaker Crisanta Duran and Rep. Faith Winter to expand child care tax credits for Colorado families.  “Colorado families are spending mountains of money on child care. This bill will make a meaningful difference for middle income families dealing with the high costs of child care,” said Speaker Duran, D-Denver. “Parents should

Weissman’s Transparency in Political Advertising Bill Wins House Approval

April 29, 2018

(April 27) – The House gave approval to Rep. Mike Weissman’s Stand By Your Ad Act. The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly offered support for disclaimer requirements for political advertisements.  “Colorado voters deserve to know who is trying to influence or sway our elections,” said Rep. Weissman, D-Aurora. “This bill would ensure transparency in political advertising

Speaker Duran & Rep. Herod Statement on CCRD

April 27, 2018

(April 27) – House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver and Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver issued the following statement regarding the Colorado Civil Rights Division and Commission: “We have always advocated for a clean reauthorization of the Commission because it is fulfilling its purpose – to ensure that Coloradans’ rights are protected regardless of where they’re from,

Trio of School Safety Measures Advance

April 27, 2018

(April 26) – Three Democratic-sponsored bills to increase school safety and security moved forward in the House today. SB18-158, sponsored by Speaker Crisanta Duran and Rep. Marc Catlin, R-Montrose, would invest in technology to allow for seamless communications between schools and first responders. “When there’s a life-threatening situation at one of our schools, every second

Exum Trifecta

April 27, 2018

(April 26) – Three bills sponsored by Rep. Tony Exum Sr. won the House’s voice-vote approval tonight. HB18-1316, sponsored by Reps. Exum, D-Colorado Springs, and Dan Pabon, D-Denver, continues the WORK Act, first sponsored by Rep. Pabon in 2015 and now recognized as one of the best workforce development programs in the country. The program

House Passes Duran’s Affordable Housing Expansion

April 26, 2018

(April 26) – Speaker Crisanta Duran’s bipartisan bill to extend a tax credit to make housing more affordable for more Coloradans passed the House today. SB18-007, sponsored in the House by Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, passed on a 43-22 vote. It extends the state’s affordable housing tax credit program

House Passes Dem Teacher Shortage Package

April 26, 2018

(April 25) – Another Democratic-sponsored bill to address Colorado’s chronic teacher shortage passed the House today, completing House action on a six-bill legislative package to make it easier to recruit teachers and retain them once they’re hired. “In Colorado we have 3,000 teacher positions unfilled,” said Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango. “Enough is enough. We need

House Passes Local Control for Minimum Wage

April 26, 2018

(April 26) – A bill to allow counties and cities to increase the minimum wage in their localities beyond the state minimum wage, currently $10.20 an hour, passed the House today. HB18-1368, sponsored by Reps. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, and Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, would allow local governments to adjust their minimum wage to more effectively

House Passes Roberts Package on Health Care Costs

April 25, 2018

(April 25) – Rep. Dylan Roberts won House support today for two bills to make health insurance more affordable across Colorado. HB18-1205 is Rep. Roberts’ bill to reduce the disparity in health care costs between rural Coloradans and those on the Front Range. Rural Coloradans pay significantly higher health insurance premiums and the burden is

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