Legislative News

Lawmakers want potency levels for pot products

Republcian McNulty and Dem Singer to partner on legislation
The Colorado Statesman

Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, has scaled back an original proposal that would have banned cannabis-infused products and concentrates. Instead, his new proposal would set potency equivalency limits for edibles and concentrates.

McNulty has partnered with Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, to push the potency equivalency proposal. The bills — which have delayed status and are expected to be introduced in the coming days — would seek to determine equivalent potencies between infused products, concentrates and the actual marijuana flower.

Rosier budget could trigger TABOR refunds

The Colorado Statesman

This year’s discussions over a rosier budget picture have highlighted issues with the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights that could result in refunds to taxpayers in the coming years.

Lawmakers are concerned because the refunds would come despite voters already approving retention of marijuana taxes. The marijuana taxes would be largely responsible for the excess dollars.

Sanctions must continue on Iran

As of press time Thursday night, 85 U.S. Senators — including Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado — have signed a letter to President Obama urging the continuance of the existing sanctions on Iran and expressing their concern if Iran rejects an agreement to bring to an end its nuclear weapons ambitions. Integral in obtaining the support of this letter by U.S. senators across the country has been local attorney and AIPAC national board member Norm Brownstein. Below is the text of the letter:

Gessler insists he’s frontrunner in race

...but some supporters have apparently bailed
The Colorado Statesman

Fresh off his convincing win in the gubernatorial straw polls conducted at Republican precinct caucuses, Secretary of State Scott Gessler this week vowed to maintain his status as the front-runner and win the GOP nomination to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

But only a week after joining the race, former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez sought to dampen Gessler’s parade when he announced the endorsement of four of the state’s top current and former elected Republicans and also unveiled a finance committee packed with donors who had previously supported Gessler.

Pete Coors: ‘I’m irrelevant to Beauprez’s finance committee”

The Colorado Statesman

Gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez disclosed this week that beer baron Pete Coors is serving as a member of his campaign finance committee. A week earlier, Coors assumed the head post at the Denver 2016 Host Committee — the organization trying to lure the RNC to Denver two years from now — after fellow Republican Beauprez stepped down to become a candidate for governor.

Coors said this week that he is a member of Beauprez’s finance committee “in name only” and that he isn’t planning on doing any work for his friend’s campaign for governor this year.

CACI, local chambers of commerce rally at Capitol

The Colorado Statesman

A rally on the West Steps of the State Capitol capped the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry’s inaugural “Chamber Day at the Capitol” on March 6 to highlight the role of state public policy in creating a healthy business climate. Officials from CACI and local chambers of commerce gathered at the Capitol earlier to focus the attention of state legislators on important business issues facing the Colorado General Assembly this session.

Animal bills get off to howling start at Capitol

The Colorado Statesman

Some of the biggest winners of the legislative session walk on four legs, as lawmakers have passed bills that would prohibit greyhound racing, extend laws that govern health and welfare at pet facilities and allow emergency medical technicians to provide care for ill and injured pets.

The howls weren’t very loud, as many of the bills fell under the radar, quietly passing through their respective committees. But lawmakers and animal welfare groups hope that the work will protect the state’s furriest creatures for many years to come.

Dems, Republicans differ on mid-session assessment

The Colorado Statesman

As Republicans and Democrats approached the midway point for the legislative session last week, lawmakers suggested that they have bucked public perception by working together to advance legislation for the state.

Senate Majority Leader Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, pointed out that of the more than 100 bills passed out of the Senate as of last Thursday, only three were partisan bills that made it through without Republican support.

HD 24 Dem candidate admits passing bad check 12 years ago

The Colorado Statesman

House District 24 Democratic candidate and Edgewater City Councilman Kristian Teegardin is not concerned that a past criminal history for attempting to pass a bad check will hurt him in a divisive primary against Wheat Ridge progressive policy strategist Jessie Danielson, or in the general election if he makes it there.

Teegardin was arrested at 29 years old in 2002 after attempting to pass the bogus check at an urgent care medical facility near where he lived at the time in Bloomington, Ind. He was charged with a misdemeanor for “check deception.”

Gardner officially launches Senate bid

Field narrows as GOP sets sights on Udall
The Colorado Statesman

Vowing to reverse a decade-long slump in the Republican Party’s fortunes in swing state Colorado, Rep. Cory Gardner officially launched his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall on Saturday inside a Denver lumber warehouse.

“In 2008, Colorado led the nation for change,” said the two-term congressman, referencing a year Democrats — including President Barack Obama and Udall — carried the state. “And in 2014, we can change it again.”