Legislative News

Reapportionment for statehouse districts under way

The Colorado Statesman

The first hearing to solicit public testimony how to redraw the boundaries of Colorado’s state House and Senate districts will take place next Tuesday.

Winners and losers in biz, education, health care

The Colorado Statesman

One might expect that a pro-business Democratic governor and a divided General Assembly would result in little gained in the 2011 session, but many business and civic organizations had lots to cheer about in the past week.

Bills fizzle amidst end of session commotion

The Colorado Statesman

Amidst the commotion that accompanied the end of the 2011 legislative session were at least a half-dozen controversial bills that never quite made it through the process, and the General Assembly took the unusual step of overriding Gov. John Hickenlooper’s vetoes on the 2011 Long Appropriations Bill.

Reapportionment commission begins work

The Colorado Statesman

The 11-member reapportionment commission hit the ground running on Monday with a three-hour hearing to review state demographics, the legal criteria and case law, and how it would proceed to draw new state Senate and House districts.

Casso to seek end to General Assembly redistricting

The Colorado Statesman

In the wake of the failure of the General Assembly to draw new congressional boundaries during the 2011 session, Rep. Ed Casso, D-Thornton, announced Monday he will sponsor legislation in the 2012 session to end that requirement and turn it over to an independent commission.

‘Hummers’ pokes fun at majority Republicans in House

Annual spoof lets Dems tease GOP colleagues
The Colorado Statesman

First-time majority House Republicans this week got a strong taste of what life is really like for the majority — getting skewered by the House Democrats in the annual end-of-session Hummers, the traditional spoof by members of the minority party during the last days of the legislative session.

No dice for redistricting this session

The Colorado Statesman

The effort by lawmakers at the state Capitol to draw new congressional district lines died one day before the end of the 2011 legislative session.

Rules review bill at center of last 2011 legislative battle

The Colorado Statesman

The last great act of gamesmanship, initiated Tuesday by House Republicans, brought high tension to an already spent General Assembly in its last day. But the last play may have been won by Gov. John Hickenlooper, who hinted he might bring the Legislature back for a special session for a bill that generates little fanfare and usually, even less attention.

Redistricting heads into final week of session

The Colorado Statesman

Tuesday is the deadline for a compromise from the General Assembly on congressional redistricting, and on Monday both the House and Senate plan to debate bills containing the latest version of the maps.

Gov. Hickenlooper signs first budget; vetoes eight footnotes

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday signed his first state budget, surrounded by the members of the Joint Budget Committee, the majority and minority leadership of the House and Senate, and his budget and lobbying staff. During the late morning signing ceremony, Hickenlooper thanked the General Assembly for its hard work on the 2011-12 budget. “I know you had a big mountain to climb,” he told lawmakers.