Legislative News

Legislation to incentivize businesses to rehire laid-off workers faces opposition

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A bill to incentivize businesses to re-hire their laid-off workers has hit yet another snag in its efforts to move through the General Assembly.

DECIDE initiative passes House education committee but its fate may be sealed

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A referred legislative measure to the November 2011 ballot that would exempt a portion of K-12 and postsecondary education funding from TABOR restrictions passed the House Education Committee on Monday. But its success likely ended with the education committee vote as it is unlikely to gain the half-dozen Republican votes it needs to get out of the House.

Education bill ignites fierce feud

Supporters say bill is needed for second Race to the Top bid

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A controversial education bill introduced last Monday has incensed Colorado’s largest teacher union and could splinter the state’s chances at earning a large federal education grant this summer.

Ethics investigation against capitol lobbyist dismissed

But letter from committee tells Nate Gorman to behave

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A state capitol lobbyist learned Monday that an ethics investigation against him would be dismissed, but his credibility was called into question by the committee that investigated the complaint.

State budget passes Senate on mostly partisan lines

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The $18.2 billion state budget for 2010-11, contained in House Bill 1376, the Long Appropriations Bill, passed the Senate on April 9 and is headed toward its final resolution.

Dolls are cute, but stats about kids in poverty are ugly

Childhood poverty continues to rise in Colorado, and significant disparities in child well-being exist based on where children live and their racial and ethnic backgrounds, according to the 2010 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, released this week by the Colorado Children’s Campaign. The annual publication provides state and county level data on a number of child well-being factors including child health, education and economic status.

Voting bill ignites Capitol firestorm

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

An effort by Secretary of State Bernie Buescher and Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll, D-Denver, to allow for same-day voter registration has stirred up a firestorm of criticism at the state capitol and beyond.

House approves $20 billion budget

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The House this week approved the $20 billion state budget for 2010-11 after debates marked by their collegiality and at times, humor.

Plans to privatize Pinnacol pulled

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Any legislative plans to turn the state-owned Pinnacol Assurance into a private worker’s compensation insurance provider will have to wait until next year.

Pinnacol CEO Ken Ross announced Tuesday that he had learned Pinnacol’s proposal of $330 million in exchange for privatization would not be considered by the General Assembly this session. A spokesperson for Pinnacol said Wednesday that information came from “various sources” at the capitol.

New education coalition hopes for TABOR?opt out

Dream on, says Doug Bruce

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A coalition of Democratic lawmakers and community groups Wednesday announced they would seek a referred measure that would permanently exempt K-12 and higher education from the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights.