Legislative News

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.

Alternative PERA plan dies in legislative committee

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

An alternative plan to shore up the Public Employees’ Retirement Association failed to gain enough support to get it out of the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee this week.

Burials on private land would require proper recording

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Rep. Randy Baumgardner heard the snickers when he introduced a bill concerning burials on private property.

“Some fractions asked if this was about grandma being buried in the back yard — joking stuff,” the Republican from Hot Sulphur Springs said.

Lundberg bill would increase exemption on life insurance money

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Coloradans could see the amount of life insurance money exempted from creditors double under a proposed bill.

Bill to ban harmful chemicals in toilertry products go down the drain

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Check your medicine cabinet. A proposed bill banning 15 harmful chemicals in personal care products, including arsenic and formaldehyde, died in a legislative committee this week.

Legislation establishes all-payer database

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A bill that lawmakers say will improve health care quality while lowering costs unanimously passed the House Health Committee last Thursday.