Legislative News

Hick waiting before bestowing blessing

No all-out endorsement of school finance ballot measure — yet...
The Colorado Statesman

The new school finance act is preparing for its first test of public support, with petitions headed to the streets for a $950 million ballot initiative.

Tuesday, a coalition of civic, business and community leaders, known as “Colorado Commits to Kids” announced the launch of a petition drive for a November vote on funding P-12 education.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

Colorado Democrats successfully move their legislative agenda

Republicans call it a “far-reaching power grab’
The Colorado Statesman

Democrats were not shy this year about tapping into the power they won in 2012 when they regained control of both legislative chambers. The left was finally able to push through civil unions legislation, as well as in-state tuition for undocumented students. And with those issues in the rearview mirror, they kept progressing, taking on sweeping elections reform.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

The highs and lows of implementing Amendment 64

The Colorado Statesman

Lawmakers wanted nothing to do with the “joint” effort. But when leadership put together the Joint Select Committee on the Implementation of the Amendment 64 Task Force Recommendations, they had no choice but to implement the will of voters and establish a regulated marijuana marketplace for adults. It was anything but a high time, but still they prevailed.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

Business interests claim the state Legislature really gave them the business this year

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado business community says the 2013 legislative session was a “layer cake of political conflict,” blaming Democrats for a partisan session that forced business to take a back seat to a progressive agenda.

The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry points out that the session was dominated by hot button, polarizing debates, including gun control, civil unions, election reform and marijuana.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

No energy to make substantive policy changes

The Colorado Statesman

When the legislative session started in January, Democrats seemed energized about cracking down on the oil and gas industry amid concerns over hydraulic fracturing. When the session ended four months later, they were left with little to show.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

Criminal justice legislation steeped in controversy

The Colorado Statesman

Was there anything about criminal justice in the 2013 General Assembly session that wasn’t controversial? Bills on criminal justice pitted Republicans against Democrats, Democrats against Democrats and Democratic legislators versus the governor.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

Lawmakers rifle through gun bills in Capitol shootout

The Colorado Statesman

The legislature shot off to a quick and divisive start this year when Democrats pushed a package of gun control legislation that is still being discussed by Republicans as a means to regain control.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

Animals get pet projects at Capitol this year

The Colorado Statesman

The legislature this year gave a wag of the tail to animals, offering protections against police shootings and encouraging shelter pet adoptions.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

Legislators grind out new school finance act

But whether it passes or fails will be decided by the voters
The Colorado Statesman

With Democrats in charge of both chambers and the governor’s mansion, Democratic legislators embarked on an ambitious plan during the 2013 session to revamp the state’s school finance system. Along the way, legislators also dealt with guns in schools, sex education, new degree programs in higher education and restoring merit-based aid.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

Legislators prescribe Medicaid expansion, funds for health benefits exchange this session

The Colorado Statesman

With the full implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) just months away, legislators in the 2013 session had a full plate of bills to work on to get the state ready.