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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.

Republican underdog hopeful despite long odds

Danny Stroud looking to upset incumbent Rep. DeGette in CD 1
The Colorado Statesman

The redistricting that was finalized last year has re-shaped the way Republican Danny Stroud views his chances of defeating Democratic incumbent Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, even though he plans to run in what is considered the safest congressional district for Democrats in the state.

DeGette rolls out women's health Wednesdays

The Colorado Statesman

It’s known for being the middle of the work week, or “hump day,” but Wednesdays just took on a new meaning for members of Congress.