Legislative News

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.

Democrats' health care agenda includes ten bills

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter and legislative Democrats say they can’t wait on Washington for health care reform.

Ritter introduced a package of bills Feb. 11 designed to improve Colorado’s health care system despite a down economy. The ten bills and an executive order range from simplifying insurance forms to providing better care to women, all with minimal cost to the state.

Schultheis bill on unborn victims of violence dies in committee

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A bill that would have made the death of an unborn child as the result of killing the mother a capital offense died a death of its own this week in a legislative committee on grounds that the bill would have attempted to define the controversial topic of when life begins.

Senate Republicans' budget proposal goes down

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The major plan put forth by Senate Republicans to balance the 2009-10 and 2010-11 budget went down to defeat on Wednesday.

Balmer bill honors military personnel, aids highway fund

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A bill honoring Colorado’s military while also boosting revenue for highways passed a legislative committee this week.