Proposal to Help Take Big Money out of Campaigns Dies

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 (Denver) –Rep. Pete Lee’s bill to encourage more Coloradans to run for office and help curb the influence of special interests in elections was killed in the State, Military & Veterans Affairs committee today. HB12-1235, sponsored by Rep. Lee (D-Colorado Springs), would have created a campaign contribution fund that would have helped finance

The Clock Is Ticking

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 (Denver) – Despite broad bipartisan support and the fact that it saves taxpayers more than $164,000 a day, a bill changing how Colorado counties and cities can invest their savings languishes on the House calendar because the Republican leadership refuses to bring it to a floor vote. HB12-1005, sponsored by Rep. Dan Pabon

GOP Kills Singer’s Bid to Crack Down on Wage Theft

February 28, 2012

February 28, 2012 (Denver) – House Republicans have defeated a measure to send wage thieves to jail. Rep. Jonathan Singer’s HB12-1296, adding wage theft to the Colorado criminal code, was scuttled today in the House Judiciary Committee on yet another party-line vote. The tally was 6-5. Current law treats wage theft – the failure to

GOP Kills Schafer’s Radon Safety Bill

February 23, 2012

February 23, 2012 (Denver) – Republicans killed a bill today that would have protected more Coloradans from radon gas hazards in their homes. The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee voted 5-4 on party lines to kill the bill. Rep. Larry Liston (R-Colorado Springs) indicated that the recovery of the housing market trumped Coloradans’ health.