House OKs Pair of Dems’ Eco-Devo Bills

April 19, 2013

(April 19) – The House approved two core components of the House Democrats’ jobs and economic development package today with final passage of bills to create an “economic gardening” pilot program and to get unemployed or underemployed people back earning a paycheck. HB13-1003, sponsored by Reps. Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs) and Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo), will

House OKs 21st Century Elections Bill

April 19, 2013

(April 18) – The House gave preliminary approval tonight to an election modernization bill that will provide more options to Colorado voters, creating a system that’s simpler, more convenient, less expensive and more secure. HB13-1303, the Colorado Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act, is sponsored by Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder) and Assistant Majority

House OKs Lee’s Restorative Justice Expansion

April 18, 2013

(April 18) – The House gave voice-vote approval today to a bill sponsored by Rep. Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs) to expand and fund the state’s adult and juvenile restorative justice programs. HB13-1254 establishes four restorative justice pilot projects for juvenile offenders. To pay for the associated administrative costs, the bill establishes a Restorative Justice Fund

Keeping Kids Safe

April 18, 2013

(April 17) – A bill to create a statewide child abuse reporting hotline passed the House on second reading today. HB13-1271, sponsored by Reps. Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont) and Jenise May (D-Aurora), requires the Department of Human Services to establish a steering committee to develop an implementation plan for a statewide child abuse reporting hotline. The