Legislative News

Letter: Rep. Neville tells Caldara to pound sand on raising ammo limit

The Colorado Statesman

In a chastening letter posted to his website late last night, Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, didn't mince words about his displeasure with Jon Caldara, President of the Independence Institute, and his perceived role supporting of "anti-gun legislators" regarding the ongoing magazine limit debate.

Read the text of the letter below:

Mr. Jon Caldara

Independence Institute of Colorado
727 E. 16th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Dear. Mr. Caldara,

Williams: Bill package moving to improve public trust

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Last fall, the West Steps of the Capitol were the scene of almost daily demonstrations by students and others motivated by what they saw as racial bias in deadly police encounters with minorities.

Those demonstrations were mainly motivated by incidents in other states. But they resonated here in Colorado because our state, unfortunately, has had problems of its own.

The trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve is damaged. Without public support, law enforcement — a difficult job but one that’s essential to a free society — becomes even harder.

West Slope lawmakers talk TABOR, water at Club 20

Thurlow chimes in on effort to recall him: 'That's their right'
The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — A panel of seven Western Slope legislators — six Republicans and one Democrat — discussed diverse issues they’re working on in the state legislature at the Club 20 annual meeting on March 28, focusing on water, energy, the economy, TABOR and federal lands.

Coffman turns 60, braces for new challenge ahead

The Colorado Statesman

Declaring that “60 is the new 40,” U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman welcomed some 150 guests to his birthday party on Saturday at the Summit Steakhouse in Aurora. “I hope that’s true, I really hope that’s true,” he said with a smile before dropping to the floor and doing 100 pushups at the urging of the crowd.

Wage Battle Begins

Minimum wage hike not expected to pass this session
The Colorado Statesman

Democrats this week began what is likely to be a multi-year effort to persuade fellow lawmakers and the public to support a hike in the minimum wage.

Monday, supporters held a rally on the west steps of the state Capitol, with a crowd numbering well over 250, to show support for two measures scheduled for hearing later that day.

House Concurrent Resolution 15-1001 seeks to raise Colorado’s current minimum wage of $8.23 per hour to $9.50 per hour, starting Jan. 1, 2017. The minimum wage would increase annually until it reaches $12.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020.

Imbroglio embroils election bill

The Colorado Statesman

The Legislature could be on the verge of approving sweeping changes to the way most municipalities conduct elections in the state, but not until a lawmaker intends to introduce last-minute changes before the final Senate vote on the legislation.

Tears, cheers as mascot bill passes committee

The Colorado Statesman

Some who wept in sorrow, later cheered in joy.

An attempt to persuade Colorado schools from using American Indian images as mascots got through a tumultuous hearing Monday, sparked by tears from some who recounted the abuses suffered by American Indians, and the two-hour absence of a lawmaker who walked out after a presentation by the sponsors didn’t go as planned.

Two West Slope sheriffs join pot suit

The Colorado Statesman

Six Colorado sheriffs, including two from the Western Slope, have joined the Drug Free America Foundation’s lawsuit against Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado.

The goal of the lawsuit, according to Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee, is to force the U.S. Supreme Court to finally rule on whether states can defy federal law to legalize marijuana within their state borders.

“I believe the issue needs to be resolved,” Sheriff McKee said. “I think it needs to be debated in court by Constitutional attorneys.”

Joint Budget Committee debuting state budget Friday

The Colorado Statesman

The 2015-16 state budget, under a divided General Assembly and equally divided Joint Budget Committee, is scheduled to debut on Friday

With a divided legislature, it was certain that no one would get everything they wanted. “This was a difficult balancing act, but we did it with bipartisan support,” according to Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley. “We have a balanced budget that lives within our means and within our budgetary constraints.”

Federal water bill bites the dust, again

The Colorado Statesman

A bill that has enjoyed broad bipartisan support in the House for the past two years got a very different response recently, and Republicans are crying foul.

Senate Bill 15-064 is the third in a three-year effort to tell the federal government that they do not have the right to demand water rights from ski resorts in exchange for renewing their leases for federal lands.