Legislative News

Teacher-tenure bill credited with education reform

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. Michael Johnston, D-Denver, embraced both his parents in a victorious hug at the State Capitol after his momentous educator effectiveness bill gained final passage in the Senate Wednesday. Only a few feet away, ardent opponents of the bill, Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, and Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton, engaged in an emotional hug after defeat in a long and straining battle.

More disclosure approved for campaign matters

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Legislators who fear an influx of millions of dollars in undisclosed political communications made by corporations or labor unions are celebrating the passage of Senate Bill 203, which is now headed to Gov. Bill Ritter for signing.

Courts would get new guidance for redistricting

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

One of the last by-products of the 2002 redistricting battle at the capitol is just a governor’s signature away from being reversed.

The Hummers road show presents the Academy Awards

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The annual end-of-session roasting of the best and worst of the General Assembly took a new tact this year, when it was moved off-site and became a (somewhat) bi-partisan event.

Committee approves teacher-tenure reform

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A bill changing how teachers earn tenure won approval from the House Education Committee in the wee hours of Friday night.

Tuition flexibility bill in legislative home stretch

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Senate Wednesday gave near unanimous approval to Senate Bill 10-003, the bill to grant the state’s colleges and universities greater flexibility in setting tuition rates and to free them from state fiscal regulations. On Friday, the House gave its initial approval to SB 3; the bill is headed for a final House vote on Monday. But the bill as amended by the House and Senate put strict limitations on just how long institutions would be able to raise tuition rates, in response to concerns about runaway tuition increases.

Legislators try to map out redistricting plan

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Legislative efforts to change the guidelines to the courts when they have to redraw congressional district boundaries in the future are nearing finality, after passage of House Bill 1408 in the House and in its assigned Senate committee this week. Debate over the bill drew accusations of liberal bias and judicial activism from Republicans, with Democrats charging that they only intended to undo what was done in 2003 and 2004.

Partisan battles expected over campaign disclosure bill

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A bill to require corporations and labor unions to disclose their independent expenditures related to political communications cleared the Senate and will be on the House calendar during the last three days of the 2010 legislative session. But its passage last Friday indicates it will likely fuel partisan battles in the House this week.

Payday reform bill hits pay dirt - but not until it's muddied up with amendments

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The second attempt by Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, to end the cycle of debt created with payday loans is now on its way to the desk of Gov. Bill Ritter.

Redistricting rears its ugly head

House committee seeks to undo 'midnight gerrymander'

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The effort to redraw Colorado’s congressional district boundaries in 2011 took its first step forward this week, after the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee gave its approval to a bill that could give direction to the courts if they need to step in, and the House passed it on second reading on Thursday.