House Approves Mental Health Task Force Bill

April 30, 2013

(April 30) – A bill to strengthen the state’s mental health system and improve public safety passed the House today on a 35-29 vote. HB13-1306, sponsored by Rep. Beth McCann (D-Denver), authorizes a task force to study issues surrounding the purchase and possession of firearms by those whose serious mental health issues, including severe substance

House Passes Annual School Finance Bill

April 30, 2013

(April 30) – The House voted 52-12 today to approve the annual school finance bill, which appropriates state funds to Colorado’s K-12 schools and related programs. SB13-260, sponsored in the House by Rep. Millie Hamner (D-Dillon), increases state support for local school districts by $51.8 million. This increase represents a small step toward reducing a

House OKs Funding Plan for Marijuana Regulation

April 30, 2013

(April 30) – The House approved a bill today to provide the funding for a robustly regulated retail marijuana industry. HB13-1318, sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont), was approved on a 37-27 party-line vote. It asks the voters to fund the new regulatory structure without using general fund dollars, but by making marijuana consumers foot

Creating Jobs: Diversifying Colorado’s Energy Portfolio

April 30, 2013

(April 30) – A bill that will grow Colorado’s renewable energy industry and create jobs across the state passed the House today by a vote of 37 to 27. SB13-252, sponsored in the House by Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) and Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver), will make numerous changes to the Renewable Energy Standard (RES). First,