Marianne Goodland

Gov. Hickenlooper signs first budget; vetoes eight footnotes

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday signed his first state budget, surrounded by the members of the Joint Budget Committee, the majority and minority leadership of the House and Senate, and his budget and lobbying staff. During the late morning signing ceremony, Hickenlooper thanked the General Assembly for its hard work on the 2011-12 budget. “I know you had a big mountain to climb,” he told lawmakers.

Payday lending bill dies in Senate committee

The Colorado Statesman

Efforts to undo part of last year’s payday lending reforms came to an end on Thursday, when the Senate Local Government and Energy Committee voted on a party-line 3-2 vote to shut down House Bill 11-1290.

Issue of judicial training on business litigation gets political

The Colorado Statesman

An effort to train judges on business litigation has produced yet another battle at the state Capitol between Democratic lawmakers and Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

Health care exchange bill on to governor

But future of bill on interstate compacts remains in doubt
The Colorado Statesman

Despite growing opposition from Republicans, supporters of the health insurance exchange bill can claim victory this week as the bill cleared the House and is on its way to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper for signing. But another bill, on interstate compacts for health insurance that has one of the same sponsors as the health exchange bill, is one step away from the trash.

Obama portrait unveiled at rather opportune time

The Colorado Statesman

The presidential portrait gallery at the state Capitol finally has its newest member, after Democrats unveiled a portrait of the 44th president, Barack Obama, on Monday.

Health care bills face uncertain future

Lack of GOP majority could affect outcomes
The Colorado Statesman

Two bills dealing with Colorado health care rules and policy are likely to hit the House at nearly the same time, and possibly when the House Republicans have temporarily lost a member that gives them their one-seat majority.

Reapportionment Commission nears completion

The Colorado Statesman

While attention is focused this week on redrawing Congressional boundaries, and a map and bill coming from the Senate, another body is gearing up to redraw the state’s legislative districts.

House Education consigns ASSET to the scrap heap

The Colorado Statesman

The Senate sponsors of Senate Bill 11-126, the bill that sought to grant undocumented students access to in-state tuition, are taking the bill’s defeat in stride and promise they’ll be back.

Redistricting effort stalled; Democrats may proceed on their own

The Colorado Statesman

A map outlining Colorado’s seven Congressional Districts will be introduced next week by the Democrats who sat on the Joint Select Committee on Redistricting, according to one of the committee’s co-chairs, Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder.

Payday loan bill started off like a racehorse at state Capitol, now is a plug

The Colorado Statesman

The effort to race through a change to last year’s legislation on payday loans has slowed from a flood to a trickle.

House Bill 11-1290 was introduced on Friday, March 25 and had its only committee hearing just four days later. Six days after its introduction, HB 1290 was voted out of the House on a 36-27 vote, with four Democrats voting with the chamber’s 32 Republicans present that day.