May 8, 2018

Speaker puts politics ahead of students, sinks skilled labor grant program

DENVER—Last night, legislation that would have helped address Colorado’s skilled labor shortage was killed over who would get the political credit for the bill. House Bill 18-1034, sponsored by Representative Phil Covarrubias (R-Brighton), would have created a grant resource to help career and technical education schools purchase equipment and expand educational programs for skilled labor jobs. “I ran on getting …

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May 8, 2018

Patrick Neville helps bolster school security

DENVER—Today, the House unanimously passed legislation that will create a mechanism to allocate $30 million dollars Republicans secured for school security during the budget debate earlier in the session. Senate Bill 18-269, sponsored by House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock), creates a school security disbursement program within the Department of Public Safety to review and disburse the funds to …

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May 7, 2018

Kevin Van Winkle bill puts focus on long-term budgeting

DENVER—Today, the House passed legislation that makes several significant changes to how the state government forecasts its budgetary needs. House Bill 1430, sponsored by Representative Kevin Van Winkle (R-Highlands Ranch), requires state agencies and departments to develop and annually update a long-range financial plan that includes: specifically defining their mission and goals; anticipated trends or events; their best and worst …

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May 4, 2018

Restricted public testimony on the liquor bill draws ire from members

DENVER—Today, members on the House Public Health and Human Services Committee were restricted from questioning witnesses during the first committee hearing of Senate Bill 18-243, one of the most contentious bills of the session. Committee hearings are open to public testimony, giving elected officials an invaluable opportunity to discuss the details of legislation with expert witnesses. However, due to the …

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May 3, 2018

Democrats fuel surging rental rates with heavy mandates and regulations

DENVER—Today, nearly every House Democrat voted for legislation that will have a devastating impact on the already surging rental market in Colorado. Two bills, which were rushed through the legislature in the last week, will give renters a clear path to strike against property owners and will prohibit verification of income on rental applications. “Democrats are so out of touch …

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May 2, 2018

Democrats put sanctuary city policies ahead of public safety

DENVER—Today, Democrats on the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs listened to testimony about the high cost to society of allowing a city to shield individuals wanted by federal law enforcement, and still chose to support sanctuary city policies. Senate Bill 18-220, sponsored by Representative Kim Ransom (R-Douglas County), would have, with voter approval, prohibited a city or municipality from …

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April 26, 2018

Democrats defy federal law to pass unconstitutional immigration bill

DENVER—Today, House Democrats passed, on party lines, an unconstitutional bill in favor of illegal immigrants. House Bill 18-1230 creates a new state program that will issue a person who came to the United States without legal documentation a “purple card” to only work in Colorado, even though no employer in the state could hire that person without defying federal laws. …

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April 25, 2018

Democrats double-down on their opposition to the 2nd Amendment

DENVER—Today, and for the second time this session, Democrats on the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs killed two pro-2nd Amendment bills that still remain highly controversial in Colorado. Senate Bills 18-052 and 18-185, which would have repealed Colorado’s ban on high-capacity magazines and provided business owners the same rights to protect themselves as homeowners respectively, failed on party-lines in committee …

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April 25, 2018

Larry Liston’s bill to increase penalties for gun theft passes House

DENVER—Today, the House passed, nearly unanimously, legislation that seeks to curb smash-and-grab burglaries of gun stores. House Bill 18-1077, sponsored by Representative Larry Liston (R-Colorado Springs), increases the penalty for a second degree burglary from a class 4 to a class 3 felony when the intent is to steal firearms or ammunition. Burglary is defined as illegally entering a building …

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April 20, 2018

Cole Wist bill helps protect online data

DENVER—Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that will help protect citizens’ electronically-held personal information. House Bill 18-1128, sponsored by Representative Cole Wist (R-Centennial), requires government and private entities to develop policies for the safe retention and disposal of records that contain personal identifying information as well as the prompt notification if a breach has occurred. “Having been a …

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