Legislative News

Bill to bring back no-fault insurance defeated

By Richard Haugh
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A bill returning no-fault insurance to Colorado was killed Feb. 18 by a 7-3 vote in the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee.

In 2003, Colorado switched to a tort system of auto insurance, in which the at-fault driver’s insurance pays for medical bills and property damage. House Bill 1226, sponsored by Rep. Anne McGihon, D-Denver, and Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, would have reversed that.

JBC seeks to delay budget pain

Gloom, doom under gold dome

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Another dire forecast hit lawmakers on Monday with the unveiling of the Joint Budget Committee’s recommendation for balancing the 2008-’09 fiscal year budget during a rare joint session of the House and Senate.

The answer? Transfer cash funds and reserves into the General Fund, cut some state programs and hold
off as much pain as possible until next year.

Dems push FASTER through

SB 108 wins approval in transport committee

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Senate Bill 108, the FASTER bill, squeaked through the House Transportation and Energy Committee late Tuesday night after more than five hours of scrutiny from Republican committee members and pro-and-con testimony from 51 witnesses.

FASTER (an acronym for Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery) slipped through the committee on a 7-5 straight party line vote on Feb. 17.

Energized bipartisan Women's Legislative Caucus debuts

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It seemed like any ordinary ladies’ night out, with drinks, laughter, food and lively conversation. But a savvy observer might have noticed that everyone at this gathering was a member of the Colorado Legislature.

Cuts stymie higher ed

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Talk to any of leader of a public university or college in Colorado. They all say their jobs are getting harder by the week.

Tapia can’t forget what it’s like to go unpaid

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

That’s the lesson Sen. Abel Tapia, D-Pueblo, is taking to heart as he works to pass Senate Bill 95 through the Legislature.

Springs crowd skeptical of FASTER

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Rep. Dennis Apuan’s townhall meeting on the economy and its impact on jobs turned from a seminar featuring House Speaker Terrance Carroll into a crisis hotline as constituents pleaded for jobs to stop the financial bleeding.

FASTER crawls to finish line

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Senate Democrats and Republicans wrangled with amendments — most defeated — to reach a compromise on a bill aimed at raising $214 million next year and $265 million the following year to improve highway infrastructure, including 126 bridges deemed structurally deficient.

Bipartisan panel offers job-creation package

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Thursday, Jan. 29, was a cold day for a press conference on the west steps of the Capitol, but that didn’t stop lawmakers from going outdoors to promote legislation aimed at creating new jobs in Colorado.

Legislative panel clears Balmer of ethics violation

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

An ethics complaint lodged by House Minority Leader Mike May against Rep. David Balmer, R-Centennial, was dropped because there was no evidence to support it.