Tag Archives | Jerry Sonnenberg

Give us the news: Lynchpin hospital fee bill still under wraps

The dome as seen from the Legislative Building. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

“Senate Bill 267 will be laid over,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Kevin Lundberg. “We’ll begin with…” But the room wasn’t listening to him anymore. Nearly all of the reporters and lobbyists sitting arrayed before the committee members rose from their chairs and headed to the door. “Thank you for coming, everyone,” joked one of […]

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With Esgar on board, House Dems pass bitter-pill measure to slash hospital funds, advance budget debate

Colorado House Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder, toughs out a vote on the budget that might end in slashing $500 million from hospitals that serve hard-pressed residents. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Democratic leaders dodged a bullet Tuesday afternoon and passed with one vote to spare a crucial “orbital” budget bill that nevertheless threatens to blow a gaping hole in state hospital budgets and shutter healthcare facilities in already woefully underserved rural districts. Senate Bill 256 passed on 33-31 vote. Four Democrats joined the Republican caucus to […]

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Colorado Senate advances ban on toxic ‘coal rolling’ cultural protest

Rolling coal. (AP)
Colorado lawmakers are inching toward outlawing “coal rolling,” the practice of adjusting the workings of a diesel truck in order to let loose at will clouds of unfiltered exhaust as a form of cultural protest in an age of electric cars and climate change. The state Senate voted on Wednesday to pass a revised version […]

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Noonan: Bipartisanship may set a new high bar with rural sustainability bill

Paula Noonan
Gov. John Hickenlooper takes first place, with his signature, as currently the most bipartisan politician in Colorado. He has signed 137 bills in the 2017 General Assembly. Of those, 111 are bipartisan, 15 are Dem-only sponsored and 11 are GOP-only sponsored. He has clearly set a basis that he prefers both chambers to work collaboratively.

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Lawmakers propose asking voters to lower minimum age for Colorado legislators from 25 to 21

State Sens. Mike Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs, and Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins (Photos by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

A bipartisan group of legislators wants to ask voters whether to lower the minimum age to serve in Colorado’s General Assembly from 25 to 21. A decade after voters shot down an identical proposal at the polls, lawmakers are back with legislation to refer a constitutional amendment to the 2018 ballot, and they say the […]

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In surprise turn, Senate ‘kill committee’ green lights gay-rights harassment bill

Pamela Thiele, left, and her spouse, Lauren Fortmiller, of Lakewood, Colo., Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski

A state Senate committee packed with a conservative Republican-majority voted unanimously on Wednesday to advance a bill that would stiffen penalties for those who harass Coloradans for being gay or disabled. Gay rights supporters reacted with a jolt after the vote. They had braced for yet another defeat in the infamously hardline State Affairs “kill” […]

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