Legislative News

Redistricting co-chair Balmer insists Dems were never really serious about passing bill

The Colorado Statesman

Rep. David Balmer, the Republican co-chair of the joint legislative committee tasked with redrawing Colorado’s seven congressional districts, says a proposal made earlier by Democrats would do “great violence” to conservative communities of interest in the state.

Reapportionment Commission wrangles over districts

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Colorado voters lined up for nearly three hours on Monday to testify about the state reapportionment process, asking the commission charged with redrawing legislative district lines to focus less on competitive districts, and more on keeping communities of interest together.

Republicans and Democrats on the state’s Reapportionment Commission wrangled over house districts, especially in Fort Collins, proposing maps that aim to protect their political base while attempting to adhere to court decisions that require lawmakers to keep counties intact.

Hickenlooper finishes first session bill signings

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper has finished signing legislation passed by the 2011 General Assembly, meeting the June 10 deadline for action.

Lamborn’s effort to cut NREL funding gets opposition from his own Republican Party

The Colorado Statesman

Fifth District Congressman Doug Lamborn’s effort to defund the Jefferson County-based National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) is getting some pushback from his fellow Republicans in Colorado.

Reapportionment Commission already approves first map

The Colorado Statesman

Two state senators could wind up in new districts under a preliminary map approved Monday by the state Reapportionment Commission.

Hickenlooper vetoes childrens’ health insurance bill

Childrens’ advocates praise Guv’s decision
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper handed down his first full-bill veto Tuesday, striking down a measure that would have asked certain low-income parents to pay monthly premiums for their children’s health insurance.

Public testimony begins in reapportionment

The Colorado Statesman

The 11-member body that is charged with redrawing the state’s House and Senate seats heard the first suggestions from the general public on Tuesday, and while the number of people who showed up to speak were few, their testimony was potent.

PERA lawsuit moves forward; court date set

The Colorado Statesman

A Feb. 6, 2012 trial date has been set for the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of SB 10-001, the General Assembly’s effort to put the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) on solid financial footing.

Gessler rulemaking on campaign finance raising eyebrows

The Colorado Statesman

On June 14, Secretary of State Scott Gessler will hold a rulemaking hearing to temporarily fix a conflict between the new primary date in June and campaign finance reporting requirements. But critics say the fix goes much further than it needs to, and it is a problem that will have to be dealt with in the next legislative session.

Lawsuit aims to toss TABOR amendment

The Colorado Statesman

Nearly 19 years after voters adopted the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, and one year after a TABOR time-out expired, a group of 34 bipartisan plaintiffs have filed suit in U.S. District Court in Denver to throw out the tax limitation amendment as unconstitutional.