Legislative News

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.

Bill: Pot places must be nonprofit 'health centers'

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Communities could ban medical marijuana shops outright, and the ones that survive would have to reincarnate as nonprofit corporations subject to strict licensing and regulations under a bill unveiled by state lawmakers Wednesday.

State pension plan reform passes Senate

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Senate Bill 1, the top priority of Senate President Brandon Shaffer, received final approval from the Senate on Monday and will be heard in the House next Wednesday.

Legislative ethics committee focuses on Rep. King's alleged 'double dipping'

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A legislative ethics committee met Wednesday concerning a complaint filed against Rep. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, by a local political watchdog group that said King might have been reimbursed twice for travel expenses incurred last spring, once by his campaign and once by the state. If so, it would constitute “double dipping.”