Legislative News

‘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.

Payday lending bill dies in Senate committee

The Colorado Statesman

Efforts to undo part of last year’s payday lending reforms came to an end on Thursday, when the Senate Local Government and Energy Committee voted on a party-line 3-2 vote to shut down House Bill 11-1290.

Issue of judicial training on business litigation gets political

The Colorado Statesman

An effort to train judges on business litigation has produced yet another battle at the state Capitol between Democratic lawmakers and Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

Health care exchange bill on to governor

But future of bill on interstate compacts remains in doubt
The Colorado Statesman

Despite growing opposition from Republicans, supporters of the health insurance exchange bill can claim victory this week as the bill cleared the House and is on its way to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper for signing. But another bill, on interstate compacts for health insurance that has one of the same sponsors as the health exchange bill, is one step away from the trash.

Health care bills face uncertain future

Lack of GOP majority could affect outcomes
The Colorado Statesman

Two bills dealing with Colorado health care rules and policy are likely to hit the House at nearly the same time, and possibly when the House Republicans have temporarily lost a member that gives them their one-seat majority.

Reapportionment Commission nears completion

The Colorado Statesman

While attention is focused this week on redrawing Congressional boundaries, and a map and bill coming from the Senate, another body is gearing up to redraw the state’s legislative districts.