Legislative News

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.

Ref C is over, but ramifications live on in political world

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

DENVER — On Tuesday, anti-tax groups and the Golden-based Independence Institute gathered at the state capitol to celebrate the end of Referendum C and what they called “the return of TABOR,” the acronym for the Tax Payers Bill of Rights.

Ruling on PERA bill expected shortly

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The effort to overturn Senate Bill 1, the law passed in February that seeks to shore up the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA), is now in its fourth month with a ruling on the first round of motions expected shortly from Judge Robert S. Hyatt of the Second Judicial District in Denver.

Lawsuit filed over recent Internet sales tax bill

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Direct Marketing Association has filed suit against the state of Colorado in U.S. District Court to overturn the so-called Internet sales tax bill, House Bill 10-1193, which was passed during the 2010 legislative session. The lawsuit, filed June 30, names Roxy Huber, executive director of the Department of Revenue, as defendant; a response by the state is expected by July 23, according to the Attorney General’s office.

Unintended consequences

Term limits and Amendment 41

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Was the 2010 General Assembly the most contentious session in recent memory? That’s the opinion of some capitol regulars who watched in awe as lawmakers battled more acrimoniously than usual throughout the session over repealing tax exemptions and credits, the state budget, education reform, upcoming elections and redistricting.

Gov caps session by signing renewable energy bills

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter completed the last bill signings for the 2010 legislative session and his gubernatorial career earlier this month. Between January 15 and June 11, Ritter signed two resolutions, 297 House-initiated bills and 157 bills that started in the Senate.

Not many vetoes by Guv, but plenty of contention

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Of the five bills sunk by Gov. Bill Ritter’s veto pen, four had sailed through both chambers of the General Assembly in the 2010 session. The vetoes surprised sponsors of the bills — and a few mused that the governor’s actions might have been politically motivated.

The vetoed bills that had been easily passed in the state House and Senate were:
•HB 10-1101 regarding vehicle registration of trucks and tractor trailers used for farming and ranching;