Legislative News

Convenience stores hope to acquire full-strength beer

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Coloradans wanting to fill up their gas tank, buy a bag of chips and a pack of cigarettes at their local corner store are closer than ever to being able to add a full-strength six pack of beer to their list.

Merrifield bill would promote the arts in schools

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Jeff Hodur was a wayward student at Coronado High School in Colorado Springs until he found his life’s passion.

Bill would allow tax credits for rehiring laid-off workers

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The battle over tax exemptions got new life on Tuesday, when a Senate committee approved a bill to provide tax credits for businesses that hire laid-off workers.

Senate Bill 133 is sponsored by Sens. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, and Chris Romer, D-Denver, and by Rep. Joe Rice, D-Littleton. The bill would provide a short-term credit on federal insurance contributions (FICA) for businesses that re-hire their own laid-off workers.

Senate approves tax exemption repeal bills

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Senate Wednesday passed nine of the tax exemption repeal and income tax policy change bills requested by Gov. Bill Ritter to help balance the 2009-10 and 2010-11 budgets. Eight of the bills were amended in their passage through the Senate and will have to go back to the House for concurrence.

PERA reform bill gets bipartisan blessing

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

With a March 1 deadline fast approaching, the House Finance Committee Wednesday night gave its blessing to Senate Bill 1, the bill to bring the pension plan of the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) to full funded status. The 8-3 vote had the support of the committee’s six Democrats as well as Rep. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, and Rep. Ken Summers, R-Lakewood.

Schultheis bill would establish religious 'Bill of Rights'

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. Dave Schultheis wants to make public school students, parents and employees aware they can express their religious beliefs without fear of retribution through a state religion “bill of rights.”

Insurance industry urged to keep it simple when writing policies

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado insurance policy holders who have trouble muddling through complicated language may get relief.

The “Use of Plain Language in Insurance Policies” bill will cut down on confusion by policyholders and help the caseload of the Colorado Division of Insurance, said sponsor Rep. John Kefalas.

Bill mandates more use of locally grown goods for school meals

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Who knew Popeye’s favorite snack is growing in Colorado’s high country.

House committee approves rafting along private land

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A large group of school children approach the display of life vests, paddles and a bright blue raft in the Capitol’s first floor rotunda.

Tax exemptions at heart of controversy

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The battle over ending tax exemptions to help the state cover a $140 million budget shortfall is now in its second week at the state Capitol.