Legislative News

Consumers win big on payday lending battle

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Consumers and consumer advocates for payday reform won a major battle Tuesday when the Attorney General’s office adopted rules that allow a refund of all fees on payday loans when there is early repayment of the loan.

Legislative Council approves Blue Book language

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The language that will inform voters of the nine ballot measures on the November ballot was approved Wednesday by the Legislative Council, with only a few changes.

Yes/no sides battle over Amendment 62

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Amendment 62, which would outlaw all abortions and some forms of contraception in Colorado if passed, is sneaky and far reaching, according to opponents of the ballot initiative who rallied Tuesday afternoon in front of the state capitol.

A RESOLUTION of the Colorado Republican State Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Colorado Republican Party unanimously adopted the following resolution in substance on Friday, August 13, 2010, with specific language approved on Friday, August 20, 2010, concerning the 2010 Primary Election:

Payday lending rules cause heat for Attorney General

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Next Tuesday, Aug. 31, new proposed rules governing payday lenders in Colorado will be reviewed by the Attorney General’s division of Uniform Consumer Credit Code (UCCC). The current proposed rules, released July 30, have already garnered pages of written comments, both from those who supported House Bill 10-1351, the bill that changed payday lending law; from the chief legal counsel for Gov. Bill Ritter; and from payday lending companies and the Colorado trade association that represents them.

GOP legislators, candidates head to border

State immigration policy under review

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Seven current Colorado GOP lawmakers and four GOP candidates for the state house and senate headed south Wednesday seeking advice on how to best design tough illegal-immigration policy, making Colorado one of 22 states attempting to replicate Arizona’s controversial law — parts of which have been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.

Health care choice proponents submit ballot petitions

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On August 1, Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute turned in nearly 131,000 signatures to qualify a ballot initiative for the November election that would take Colorado out of the federal government’s mandated health insurance requirement.

PERA solvency could take more than 30 years

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The first post-Senate Bill 1 actuarial projections for the Public Employees’ Retirement Association are in, and the news isn’t as good as PERA officials would like: PERA will still need more than 30 years to get to full financial solvency for most of its divisions.

State personnel job losses feared amidst recovering economy in the future

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The state of Colorado may face a host of disconcerting personnel problems in the coming year while the economy begins to recover — the end of federal stimulus funding, massive budget cuts and the resulting possibility of lay-offs — all coming at a time when 30 percent of experienced state employees are eligible to retire and others may be looking for better opportunities in a recovering market.

Revamped ballot issue being planned for 2011

Great Futures Colorado to focus on fiscal reform

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Two recent reports from the Colorado School Finance Project have prompted an education-advocacy group to renew their commitment to a ballot measure in 2011. But the ballot measure may look very different from the one they promoted during the last legislative session.