Legislative News

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.

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.