Final Passage for Trio of Jobs Bills

March 19, 2013

(March 19) – Over concerted Republican opposition, the House gave final approval today to three bills to boost the state’s economy and connect Coloradans to good jobs. HB13-1123 by Rep. Tony Exum Sr. (D-Colorado Springs) will allow unemployed Coloradans to waive confidentiality requirements so the state can forward their names and contact information to employers

Water Projects Bill Passes First Committee

March 19, 2013

(March 18) – The 2013 edition of the state’s annual effort to protect and conserve its most precious natural resource — water – advanced today when SB13-181 passed unanimously through the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee The bill, sponsored in the House by Rep. Randy Fischer (D-Fort Collins), makes appropriations for a variety

Colorado Comeback Continues

March 18, 2013

(March 18) – The state’s leading economists told the legislative Joint Budget Committee today that Colorado’s economic rebound was continuing, though JBC members cautioned that Colorado isn’t out of the hole dug by the Great Recession just yet. Henry Sobanet, director of the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting, noted that the state unemployment

Bipartisan School Safety Bill Clears First Committee

March 18, 2013

(March 18) – A bill to add school resource officers to the list of community partners in the Colorado Safe Schools Act passed the House Education Committee by a vote of 12 to one. SB13-138, sponsored in the House by Reps. Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) and Mike McLachlan (D-Durango), defines several responsibilities related to school resource