Legislative News

SB 228 survives filibuster

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The hour was late and the debate was long, but the Republicans in the Colorado Senate were unyielding.

During the second reading of Senate Bill 228 on Monday afternoon, Republicans mounted a marathon filibuster that stretched into the early hours of Tuesday morning. They pulled no punches — or amendments — in their attempt to delay the inevitable passage of a bill they believe to be unconstitutional and fiscally reckless.

Ethics panel recommends lobbyist reprimand

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A three-member legislative ethics committee has recommended that Erik Groves, who lobbied for the Colorado Chiropractic Association, receive a letter of admonition for having discussed an internal leadership race with Rep. Cindy Acree, R-Aurora, in violation of a rule that governs lobbyists.

Storeowners bring beer brawl to Statehouse

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Getting 3.2 beer out of Colorado gas stations and supermarkets is turning into a real battle.

Just ask Rep. Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo, the sponsor of House Bill 1192, which, if passed, would allow the sale of full-strength beer at convenience stores.

Ritter signs FASTER bill as cars speed past

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

THORNTON — It’s official. At a press conference just yards from the southbound lanes of Interstate 25, Gov. Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 108, known as FASTER, into law on Monday.

Kefalas, Dems tackle single-payer health insurance

By Richard Haugh
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Legislators may soon consider the merits of a single-payer system for delivering health care — a concept that was rejected in 2007 by a blue-ribbon health care commission appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter.

Rep. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, has introduced House Bill 1273, dubbed the Colorado Guaranteed Health Care Act. HB 1273 is sponsored in the Senate by Joyce Foster, D-Denver. The bill has 16 House and three Senate sponsors, all Democrats.

Ritter, JBC back plan to reduce hospital 'cost-shifting'

By Richard Haugh
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter’s administration is rolling out legislation calling for a fee to be assessed on hospitals — a fee that, when matched by federal dollars, could result in as much as $1.2 billion in additional state Medicaid money.

In an interesting twist, the legislation — House Bill 1293, introduced Feb. 26 — provides a pot-sweetener for hospitals that meet certain quality-of-care goals.

Primavera wants pink-ribbon license plates to raise money as well as cancer awareness

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If your car has idled at a stoplight behind a car with pink-lettered “Committed to a Cure” vanity license plates, perhaps you assumed that part of the money that went to purchase them helped fund breast cancer research or treatment.

If so, you assumed wrong.

Rep. Marostica's SB 228 defies GOP

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Taking a stand is never easy.

That was the lesson learned last week by Rep. Don Marostica, a Loveland Republican and Joint Budget Committee member, when he bucked Republican leadership and continued his sponsorship of Senate Bill 228. If passed, the bill would repeal the Arveschoug-Bird spending limit, a provision passed by the Legislature in 1991 that allows Colorado’s General Fund to grow by only 6 percent per year.

FASTER bumps through House

3 votes take bill back to Senate

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A bill to raise $265 million a year for road and bridge improvements won House approval in a close vote that split along partisan lines with the exception of four Democrats who joined the Republicans.

Sex, sin, vengeance and Senate Bills 179 and 88

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

An attorney — and a Republican for 30-something years — predicted after the November election that the GOP would become extinct if it couldn’t tame its social crusaders. He was hoping for a return to the “big tent” filled with Republicans who don’t shoot “Rhinos” or wear elephant-size righteousness like merit badges.

He probably joined the Democratic Party this week.