Legislative News

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.

Bill to clarify state engineer’s authority passes House Ag

The Colorado Statesman

A battle pitting landowners protecting their water rights against oil and gas companies that want to avoid getting water permits may be heating up at the Capitol.

Colorado Legislature leadership honors Israel

Colorado’s legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle came together on March 18 to honor the nation of Israel with Senate Joint Resolution 11-027 that proclaims “continued support by the Colorado General Assembly for a strong relationship between the United States and Israel.”

Mesa State bill falls in Senate committee

The Colorado Statesman

Mesa State’s effort to free itself of the state personnel system came to a halt on Wednesday, when the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted along party lines to postpone House Bill 1007 indefinitely.