Legislative News

Group hopes to wean state off the bottle

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

An advocacy group is asking the state of Colorado to turn off the thousands of taxpayer dollars flowing to bottled water companies.

Legislative committee on child protection services established

Two meetings likely next month, will continue next session

Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, and Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, took steps this week to ensure child welfare as a priority in the General Assembly.

The higher education conundrum continues

Tuition flexibility is at the crux of potential legislative solutions

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The chatter over a bill granting tuition flexibility to the state’s public colleges and universities is getting louder at the capitol, but when a bill might be introduced is still up in the air.

Payday lending reform bill could go either way

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The bill to lower interest rates charged by payday lenders is on hold while its sponsor waits for the right moment to get it out of the House.

Legislators weigh in on mid-session accomplishments

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

As the 2010 session passes the halfway point, leaders of the House and Senate sat down with the press to grade their progress — or lack thereof.

Rafting bill sent upstream for more study

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A bill to allow rafters the right to float the state’s whitewater rivers was toppled over Friday when the state senate decided to send the controversial bill upstream for more study. Since results of the study aren’t due until Oct. 31, after the session has recessed, it means that for the time being, legislators will have to tread water on an issue that has sharply split the sportsmen and tourism industries.

Payday lending bill needs payday in House to pass

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The second effort by Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, to get a bill cutting interest rates for payday lenders got its first hearing in the House Monday, and could be up for full (and lengthy) debate in the full House as early as Friday, Mar. 12.

Local affiliates here axed by Amazon.com

Retribution for recent tax measure?

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Amazon.com this week fired its Colorado-based affiliates in retaliation for the passage of House Bill 1193. The move affects as many as 3,000 businesses and/or business owners in Colorado.

Patients vs. prosecutors at medical marijuana hearing

A compromise bill that no one seems to like

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

State lawmakers could be within shouting distance of a plan to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries with pending legislation that leaves hardly anyone happy. After hearing testimony late into the night on March 4, the House Judiciary Committee put off making any decisions about House Bill 1284, sponsored by Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs, moving consideration of amendments and a committee vote to March 15.

Health insurance bill deals with maternity care

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A bill requiring all Colorado insurance companies to offer maternity and contraceptive care to female policy holders is hitting road blocks as sponsors from each chamber differ on a key provision.