Marianne Goodland

New legislators get advice from the pros

The Colorado Statesman

Learn to count.

That was the first word of advice from former Senate Majority Leader Norma Anderson, R-Lakewood, to new legislators at the last event of orientation on Wednesday.

Anderson was joined by three other distinguished former lawmakers, all who served in the Colorado General Assembly: former U.S. Senator Hank Brown, R-Colo., former Governor Dick Lamm and former state Senator Penfield Tate, D-Denver.

Spouses, partners of legislators have major supporting roles

The Colorado Statesman

New legislators aren’t the only ones going through orientation. Some of their spouses and partners also spent two days this week learning what their roles will, and won’t be, in the coming session.

Only a handful attended the spouses’ orientation sessions, but they told The Colorado Statesman they’re ready to support their partners and help keep them grounded.

Oil, gas advocates warn against ballot measures

The Colorado Statesman

Oil and gas advocates warned Tuesday that Colorado’s economic recovery could shift back into recession if two ballot initiatives on oil and gas development get onto the November ballot and are approved by voters.

During a telephone town hall Tuesday, attorney Peter Moore, chairman of Vital for Colorado and Tisha Schuller, president and CEO of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, advised callers to say “no” to anyone asking them to sign petitions for the two ballot measures.

$100 million under SB 1 will aid education

…but it’s only a beginning
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado isn’t likely to climb much out of the cellar in nationwide rankings of per-student funding for higher education anytime soon, but a $100 million investment from the General Assembly should be a good start.

Voters may get to weigh in on ag animal issues

The Colorado Statesman

Animal rights activists who want voters to ban certain livestock procedures may have to contend with a bill at the state capitol that could rein in some of their tactics.

Getting down to business at this year’s legislature

The Colorado Statesman

Affordable housing, workers’ compensation, construction defect law, oil and gas regulations, and business personal property tax relief are on the minds of business people who heard from legislative leaders Jan. 7.

The business legislative preview breakfast gave lawmakers an opportunity to discuss their legislative agendas and some of the business bills that could show up during the 2014 session. The Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Competitive Council hosted the morning event, held at the History Colorado Center.

Businesses brace for workers’ comp bill in 2014 session

Bill sponsor Rep.Williams says second draft already in the works
The Colorado Statesman

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct a mistake in the earlier version. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment was not interviewed for this story and has not taken a position on this proposed legislation as initially indicated. The Colorado Statesman apologizes for the error and to the CDLE.

Colorado business leaders will keep a watchful eye on the 2014 session that starts Jan. 8. Topping the watch list: a proposed bill on workers’ compensation that some business groups believe could be bad for business. Bill supporters say it will restore balance to a system that has for too long favored employers over employees.

New Mexico Guv Martinez says ‘dysfunctional’ federal government ends up hurting the states

The Colorado Statesman

One of the rising stars in the Republican Party swung through Denver this week, touting her recent successes reining in taxes and promoting business interests in her state.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez spoke Wednesday to an audience of about 400 at the annual luncheon meeting of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, held at the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center.

Former U.S. Sen. Lieberman joins Coloradans in 9-11 remembrance

The Colorado Statesman

Although 12 years have now passed since the 9/11 attacks, the resolve by Coloradans to never forget should not wane. In the words of Gov. John Hickenlooper at this year’s remembrance last week, “It is vital each year that we come together and maintain that memory.”

Ideas, but no consensus on 252 committee

The Colorado Statesman

It appears that there won’t be any formal recommendations on changes to the law created by Senate Bill 13-252. The advisory committee charged with coming up with recommendations failed to come to consensus on any of the suggested changes proposed during the committee’s Sept. 4 meeting.

In their first meeting July 10 the group decided that any formal recommendations had to be approved by consensus; any opposition meant the recommendations would not go forward.