Current News

Scalia urges audience not to reject possibility of miracles

Supreme Court Justice is mostly mum on political issues
The Colorado Statesman

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia urged Catholics to have “the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world” during a keynote address at a religious conference on Saturday at the Colorado Convention Center.

Jefferson County Republicans prep for Election Year victories

The Colorado Statesman

Jefferson County Republicans filled the Lakewood Elks Lodge to overflowing on Saturday for an unconventional Lincoln Day Luncheon and Candidate Roundup that featured a full slate of optimistic candidates and energized activists. The bellwether county is represented by Colorado’s three Democratic members of Congress and a number of swing races that could determine control of the state legislature.

LEGISLATIVE BRIEFS

CLARIFYING HYBRID TAX CREDIT

The House on Tuesday backed legislation that aims to clarify who gets to claim federal tax credits for leasing hybrid vehicles.

House Bill 1299, sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, would specify that it is the motor vehicle lessee, not the automobile finance agency, who gets to claim the innovative motor vehicle tax credit.

The House backed the bill by a vote of 50-14. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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.”

Democratic caucuses will focus primarily on local races

The Colorado Statesman

Even as one of Colorado’s liveliest election seasons in memory begins to heat up in the key battleground state, Democratic precinct caucuses on March 6 promise to be mostly quiet occasions this year.

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.

LEGISLATIVE BRIEFS 3.2.12

STALKING BILL TO SENATE

The House on Monday unanimously backed legislation that would strengthen Colorado’s stalking laws.

House Bill 1114, sponsored by Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, would require an arrested alleged stalker to go to a bond hearing before a judge and be issued a restraining order before release from jail.

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.

Senate approved increase in per diems for rural legislators

The Colorado Statesman

The debate over whether some state lawmakers would be receiving a 22 percent pay increase, or simply an increase in living expenses, came to an end Wednesday after the Senate approved a per diem increase for 41 lawmakers who live outside the Denver metro area.