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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April 17, 2018

House Democrats complicate parents’ lives and school choice

DENVER—Today, House Democrats pushed through, on a party-line vote, legislation that greatly complicates 529 savings accounts in Colorado. In December, Congress passed the Tax Reform and Jobs Act, which allows parents to use 529 savings accounts for K-12 education in addition to higher education expenses. However, Colorado currently only allows higher education expenses as qualified distributions. House Bill 18-1209, sponsored …

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April 13, 2018

Lois Landgraf recognized by the United Veterans Committee of Colorado

DENVER—Earlier this week, Representative Lois Landgraf (R-Colorado Springs), was recognized as a “State Distinguished Legislator” by the United Veterans Committee (UVC) of Colorado for her continued efforts to advocacy for the veterans community. The UVC cited Landgraf’s outstanding leadership and dedicated efforts in sponsoring a number of legislative bills aimed at helping combat veterans return to civilian life. Representative Landgraf, …

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April 11, 2018

Jon Becker helps renew and refocus the Colorado Energy Office on ‘All of the Above’

DENVER—Today, the House Transportation and Energy Committee passed a critical piece of legislation that commits the embattled Colorado Energy Office to promote all forms of energy produced in the state. Senate Bill 18-003, sponsored by Representative Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan), adds nuclear, hydroelectric and propane, as well as energy storage, to the Energy Office’s list of resources it promotes. Additionally, …

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April 11, 2018

Carver bill continuing veterans workforce program passes committee

DENVER—Today, the House Education Committee unanimously passed legislation that continues and expands a program to help veterans transition from military service into the civilian workforce. House Bill 18-1343, sponsored by Colorado Springs Representatives Terri Carver and Pete Lee, continues the Veterans’ Service to Career Program, and expands it to include active-duty members who are within six months of their retirement. …

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April 11, 2018

Everett bill to expand vehicle puffer law passes the House

DENVER—Today, by a near-unanimous vote, the House passed legislation to expand the current law regarding warming-up a vehicle, known as puffing, on cold winter days. House Bill 18-1296, sponsored by Representative Justin Everett (R-Littleton), expands the “puffer” law by removing the remote starter requirement as long as a vehicle operator utilizes an adequate security measure such as: using a vehicle …

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April 10, 2018

Rep. Everett law will help veterans pursue higher education

DENVER—Yesterday, Governor Hickenlooper signed legislation that consolidates the information veterans and active-duty military members must review to apply for in-state tuition. House Bill 18-1228, sponsored by Representative Justin Everett (R-Littleton), creates the ‘Military Members, Veterans, and Dependents’ section within Title 23 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, placing all of the information regarding in-state tuition for military service members into the …

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April 9, 2018

Wist’s prisoner location bill gets unanimous support, now headed to the governor

DENVER—Today, the House unanimously approved legislation that will ensure a victim knows the exact location of the person incarcerated for the crime against them or their family member, Senate Bill 18-014, sponsored by Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist (R-Centennial), requires the Colorado Department of Corrections to inform the prosecuting attorney and all registered victims of a crime, which typically includes …

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April 5, 2018

Democrats hammer churches with vote against exempting property taxes

DENVER—Yesterday, Democrats on the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee killed, on a party-line vote, legislation that would have greatly reduced the costs for churches that operate in leased facilities. Senate Bill 18-070, sponsored by Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton) and Representatives Tim Leonard (R-Evergreen) and Steve Humphrey (R-Alt), would have eliminated the ownership requirement for a church to qualify …

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April 5, 2018

Rep. Lawrence helps to expand government transparency

DENVER—Today, the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee unanimously passed legislation that will help increase transparency within Colorado Judicial Branch, a task many legislators have sought since the branch exempted itself from Colorado’s open records law in 2012. As amended, House Bill 18-1152, sponsored by Representative Polly Lawrence (R-Roxborough Park), will require the Branch to disclose information related to …

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