Legislative News

Mesa State bill moves forward

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats mounted a furious effort this week to defeat a bill that could allow Mesa State College to opt-out of the state personnel system.

Employee partnerships: What they do and what they don’t do

The Colorado Statesman

The employee partnership agreements were authorized by Gov. Bill Ritter on Nov. 2, 2007 through Executive Order D 028 07. The order allowed classified state employees to choose a union that would represent them on workplace issues, such as efficiency, safety, or training, through “negotiating units” for each of the state’s job groups or agencies.

Undocumented student tuition resurfaces

Dream bill or nightmare at Colorado Capitol?
The Colorado Statesman

Next week, the Senate Education Committee plans to wade into the fray over illegal immigration, when they tackle another effort to grant undocumented students instate tuition.

2010-11 budget up for its (hopefully) final balancing act

The Colorado Statesman

The Start Smart K-12 breakfast program, which caused embarrassment for Republicans and over which Democrats made hay, is back.

Kerr’s bike route bill heads to Judiciary

The Colorado Statesman

House Bill 1092, sponsored by Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, was approved on a 7-6 vote in the House Transportation Committee last week, and is scheduled for a second reading this week.

Rep. Balmer apologizes, says he ‘lost his cool'

The Colorado Statesman

Rep. David Balmer, a co-chair of the Joint Committee on Redistricting, formally apologized Monday morning to the full House for behavior last week that earned him a ban from the Senate for the duration of the session.

Revenue measure KO’d by House

The Colorado Statesman

The battle over a nonbinding resolution on state revenues is at an impasse, with the Senate rejecting a $195 million cut added into the resolution by the House, and the House rejecting the Senate changes.

Voting ID bill dies in committee

May get new life in House
The Colorado Statesman

A bill that would require voters to prove citizenship when they register to vote died in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee Wednesday afternoon on a 3-2 party-line vote. Senate Bill 18 pitted Tea Partiers against advocates for the disabled, seniors, victims of domestic violence and the poor, and prompted one pro-SB 18 witness to hint that those who can’t afford their birth certificates are just out of luck. And despite the bill’s defeat, the issue isn’t dead at the state capitol, with a pledge from its House sponsor that another version is on the way.

Bipartisan mood shattered with the shuttering of a mic

The Colorado Statesman

“You’re out of order.”

That became the mantra of Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, during a debate Tuesday morning on what some legislators called a “meaningless” annual resolution on the budget.

Republicans roll out repeals on ’10 legislation

Good luck getting ‘dirty dozen’ to guv
The Colorado Statesman

Statehouse Republicans wasted no time getting to the bills that they championed during the campaign season and beyond — eliminating the so-called “dirty dozen” tax exemption repeals, an Arizona-style immigration law, and a change to FASTER.