Legislative News

Legislators return to Capitol for summer school

The Colorado Statesman

After a two-month break, some legislators are returning to the state capitol for the start of summer interim committee meetings.

First out of the gate: the economic opportunity poverty reduction task force. Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, chairs the 10-member group. The task force was authorized by 2009 legislation, but in the wake of budget cuts did not formally meet after that.

State Sen. Owen Hill seeks U.S. Senate seat

The Colorado Statesman

The recently barren field of Republican challengers to incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall has suddenly blossomed, with two state lawmakers seeding the ground for their races in 2014, and the district attorney in Weld County indicating that he may try to regenerate his efforts to secure a U.S. Senate seat.

DelGrosso tapped as new Minority Leader in House

The Colorado Statesman

Rep. Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, was elected by acclamation Thursday morning as the House Republican Minority Leader, succeeding Rep. Mark Waller who resigned his leadership post earlier this month so he can run for attorney general.

“I am both humbled and honored that my colleagues have entrusted me with this new role,” said DelGrosso afterwards.

Committee begins work on hot button SB 252

But whether cooler heads will prevail is yet to be determined
The Colorado Statesman

The committee that will figure out whether SB 13-252 is actually doable begins meeting this week to review the law signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper last month.

The law requires certain rural electric providers, those with at least 100,000 meters, to increase their use of renewable energy resources from the previous 10 percent standard to 20 percent by 2020. Providers must do so without raising renewable rates by more than 2 percent.

Recall opponents plead their case, claim petition language was faulty

And they also accuse proponents of forging petition signatures
The Colorado Statesman

Campaigns behind two Democratic lawmakers facing recall elections believe they have a clean shot at compelling the secretary of state’s office to nullify the petition signatures gathered by proponents.

Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo are standing on the firing line after proponents in Morse’s Senate District 11 and Giron’s Senate District 3 gathered the necessary signatures to force respective recall elections.

Stephens ‘considering’ 2014 U.S. Senate race

Rep. Amy Stephens one of four potential candidates for U.S. Senate
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republican State Chairman Ryan Call on Wednesday dangled out the names of four potential candidates to run against Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Udall in 2014. But only one — state Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument — sounded as if she might take the bait, although former Congressman Bob Beauprez acknowledged that he “can’t help but think about how or if I can make a difference.”

Stephens was more direct. “Yes, I am giving it some consideration,” she flatly acknowledged to The Colorado Statesman on Friday. “A number of people have come to me. I’ll take a look at it.”

Hick waiting before bestowing blessing

No all-out endorsement of school finance ballot measure — yet...
The Colorado Statesman

The new school finance act is preparing for its first test of public support, with petitions headed to the streets for a $950 million ballot initiative.

Tuesday, a coalition of civic, business and community leaders, known as “Colorado Commits to Kids” announced the launch of a petition drive for a November vote on funding P-12 education.


Colorado Democrats successfully move their legislative agenda

Republicans call it a “far-reaching power grab’
The Colorado Statesman

Democrats were not shy this year about tapping into the power they won in 2012 when they regained control of both legislative chambers. The left was finally able to push through civil unions legislation, as well as in-state tuition for undocumented students. And with those issues in the rearview mirror, they kept progressing, taking on sweeping elections reform.


The highs and lows of implementing Amendment 64

The Colorado Statesman

Lawmakers wanted nothing to do with the “joint” effort. But when leadership put together the Joint Select Committee on the Implementation of the Amendment 64 Task Force Recommendations, they had no choice but to implement the will of voters and establish a regulated marijuana marketplace for adults. It was anything but a high time, but still they prevailed.


Business interests claim the state Legislature really gave them the business this year

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado business community says the 2013 legislative session was a “layer cake of political conflict,” blaming Democrats for a partisan session that forced business to take a back seat to a progressive agenda.

The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry points out that the session was dominated by hot button, polarizing debates, including gun control, civil unions, election reform and marijuana.