Committee Stiffs Kefalas Anti-Poverty Bill Package

February 16, 2012

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

Key Democratic Jobs Bill Gets Bipartisan Support in Committee

February 15, 2012

February 15, 2012 (Denver) –A bill enhancing tourism in local communities and supported by business groups passed with bipartisan support today on a 9 to 2 vote in the local government committee. HB12-1056, authored by Rep. Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood), would strengthen the previously passed Colorado Regional Tourism Act of 2009 to clarify roles and expectations of

Wild West GOP Gun Bills Advance

February 14, 2012

February 14, 2012 (Denver) – Though they agreed at the start of the 2012 session that jobs would be the dominant topic, House Republicans reverted to social “wedge” issues again today when they pushed two more gun bills on the House floor. HB12-1064 would prohibit the state from violating the Second Amendment in the event of

Republicans Kill Wilson’s Clean Water Bill

February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012 (Denver) –Rep. Roger Wilson’s bill to implement a medication take-back program to ensure clean water for Coloradans died in the House Agriculture Committee today on a party line vote. This bill was a response to growing concerns about the trace amounts of prescription drugs found in Colorado’s water. HB12-1122 would have created the