Committee Stiffs Kefalas Anti-Poverty Bill Package

February 16, 2012

(Denver) – Two bills by Rep. John Kefalas (D-Fort Collins) to combat poverty in Colorado have been defeated in the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.

His HB12-1152, expanding the operations of the state’s poverty reduction task force, died this morning. It would have made the task force, which is currently funded by gifts and grants, eligible to receive state funding.

HB12-1138, a pilot project to add poverty-impact statements to the “pink sheet” bill summaries that circulate in the capitol, was killed Wednesday afternoon. The pilot project would have added such statements to no more than six bills per session, and the bill specified that the work would have to be done within existing resources.

Both bills died on 5-4 party-line votes.

“I’m disappointed,” Rep. Kefalas said. “More than one in nine Coloradans lives in poverty, and it’s unfortunate that two modest measures to raise awareness on the issue will not get a hearing before the full House.”

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