Legislative News

Education funding and politics also torpedoed JBC budget bill in 1986

The Colorado Statesman

During the past week, in discussing the possibility that the Senate would introduce its own budget bill, Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, and others, referenced the last time the Long Appropriations Bill came out under the sponsorship of someone other than the JBC was about 20 years ago.

Bi-partisan love fest ends for health care exchanges bill

The Colorado Statesman

The bill that would start the process for setting up health care exchanges in Colorado debuted with a bi-partisan love fest among House and Senate leadership and the governor.

Morse ethics probe nears deadline

The Colorado Statesman

It looks as if the next meeting of a committee looking into the investigation on an ethics complaint filed against Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, will wait until Tuesday.

Civil unions bill killed on party-line vote

The Colorado Statesman

After nearly eight hours of often emotional testimony on legislation to establish civil unions, the House Judiciary Committee took less than a minute to quash the measure on a party-line vote last week, with six Republicans opposing the bill and five Democrats voting in favor.

Payday lender bill being fast-tracked through House

The Colorado Statesman

A bill to undo one of the most controversial aspects of last year’s payday lender reform legislation is flying through the House this week.

Controversial health care exchange bill introduced

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado isn’t waiting for the outcome of several lawsuits over federal health care reform to carve its own way on health care.

Last week, Gov. John Hickenlooper and two legislative leaders announced a bill that would create health care exchanges in Colorado. Senate Bill 11-200 passed the Senate Health & Human Services Committee Thursday afternoon.

Primary election dates to move under Senate bill approved Wednesday

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s August primary could become a relic of history, under a bill that received unanimous approval Wednesday from the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

Payday lender bill being fast-tracked through House

The Colorado Statesman

A bill to undo one of the most controversial aspects of last year’s payday lender reform bill was introduced in the House Friday and could be in committee as soon as this week.

Forecasts show state revenue is up, just in time for Legislature’s Long Bill

The Colorado Statesman

Work by the entire General Assembly on the 2011 Long Appropriations Bill is going to be delayed, possibly by as much as a week, based on last-minute work being done on the budget package by the Joint Budget Committee.

Residents in CD 3 urge redistricting panel to make the Western Slope whole again

The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — Many of the 37 witnesses who offered testimony Saturday to the final field hearing of the Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Redistricting had lots of suggestions of which counties to add to the 3rd Congressional District, but few ideas of which should be removed.