Peter Marcus

Bill to criminalize deceptive voting practices dies

The Colorado Statesman

Lawmakers on Tuesday killed legislation that would have made deceptive voting practices in Colorado punishable by a prison sentence, though many of the legislators on the House committee still acknowledged the unsavory practice and called for increased oversight that could lead to prosecutions under existing law.

Telecom reform bill introduced at Legislature

Centurylink opposes phase-out of rural service provider subsidy
The Colorado Statesman

Telecommunications providers in Colorado are at odds over whether lawmakers should disconnect a piece of legislation that would bring the most significant pricing and regulatory updates to the industry in over two decades.

Reproductive rights, religious liberties clash at state Capitol

The Colorado Statesman

The polarizing and explosive national debate over contraceptive health care has erupted in Colorado with controversial rallies, legislation and ballot proposals that seemingly draw a clear line in the sand between government and religious liberties.

Education Committee approves literacy bill

Hickenlooper testifies in favor of HB 1238
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper testified on Monday in favor of bipartisan House Bill 1238 which would improve literacy in early elementary school grades, drawing upon his own troubled experiences as a dyslexic student who was forced to repeat the seventh grade. The legislation is sponsored by Reps. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs, and Millie Hamner, D-Dillon.

Leadership trades charges of political gamesmanship

Deteriorating relationships could hamper negotiations
The Colorado Statesman

As the Legislature nears its mid-session on Saturday, a fiery House Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, has raised concerns over “political gamesmanship” by House Republican leadership that he fears will lead to a deterioration of relationships that could make budget and other negotiations increasingly more difficult.
House Democrats allege that Republicans are killing bills because of their Democratic sponsors, or delaying popular legislation for the same reason.

Political odd fellows score major legal win

Hackstaff, Grueskin attorneys on same side
The Colorado Statesman

This story has been updated. Please see clarification at end of story.

So-called “527 political organizations” in Colorado scored a major victory on Feb. 21 when the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the organizations can spend unlimited money in support of state candidates and operate free of some state campaign governance laws so long as the organizations steer clear of “magic [electioneering] words” that would trigger those laws.

Legislators celebrate Women’s History Month

Colorado has highest percentage of women legislators
The Colorado Statesman

Adorned in decorative hats spanning the many eras Colorado women served at the state legislature, female lawmakers gathered on the chilly west steps of the Capitol on Friday to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Business interests score victories at Legislature

Dem leader impressed with GOP's Rep. Waller
The Colorado Statesman

The business community scored a couple of key victories this week at the Capitol after House Republicans successfully pushed through legislation that would allow businesses to comment on the fiscal impact of proposed bills, and then killed legislation that would have criminalized the practice of so-called “wage theft.”

DUI could include driving while stoned

Another bill attempts to tax pot
The Colorado Statesman

Marijuana advocates received surprising support on Monday from conservative Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, who awed observers when he voted against a measure that would expand driving under the influence offenses to include the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Senate Dems pass controversial bill requiring hospitals to disclose services not offered

Republican opposition centered around freedom of religion
The Colorado Statesman

State Senate Democrats on Wednesday pushed through a bill that would require hospitals in Colorado to disclose to patients services that are not offered because of religious or moral beliefs, such as abortions.