Tag Archives | Rhonda Fields

Neville rides wave with ‘constitutional carry’ gun bill, fails to win over Dems

In Saint Joseph, Mo. (Bob Travaglione, via Flickr)

The floor vote in the Senate on Tim Neville’s “constitutional carry” bill on Tuesday went as expected. His Senate Bill 116 passed with full Republican support, but Democrats took turns voicing opposition. The immediate future of the bill is all but carved in stone. It will pass in the Republican-controlled Senate and fail in the […]

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The time for overdue sex offender sentence and treatment reform is probably never

Austin Wilkerson, a former University of Colorado-Boulder student convicted of sexually assaulting a drunken woman and was given what many argue was too lenient a sentence. State Sen. Irene Aguilar ran a bill to give the judiciary greater flexibility in sentencing in cases like Wilkersons to reform what she describes as a system that is too often looked at threw a criminal justice lens rather than a clinical one. (Photo via Boulder Sheriff's Department)
State Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat, sat at the hearing table alone last Wednesday and told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “very nervous” to present her bills. Rightly so. The direct beneficiaries of her proposals don’t have many defenders at the Capitol — or anywhere else for that matter. Aguilar […]

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Aguilar sex offender bills win few converts in Senate committee

Razor wire and sky, the outside and the inside. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat and medical doctor, said she was “very nervous” going into Wednesday’s hearing. Rightly so. She had two bills to present and the direct beneficiaries of her bills don’t have many defenders at the Capitol — or anywhere else for that matter. Aguilar introduced Senate Bill 87 with a case […]

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Guzman: ‘I came to the Legislature to repeal the death penalty’

Colorado Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman talks about her proposed state death penalty repeal, Feb. 15, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman’s death penalty repeal bill was voted down by Republicans in committee last Wednesday, just as she expected. Speaking before the hearing, Guzman said she hoped mainly that the bill would foster heartfelt conversation on the issue. “It was not to be,” she said. She thinks she might have pulled off […]

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Maisha Fields on defeat of death penalty repeal: A ‘crown of glory’ from God

Fields testifying at the Capitol in 2013. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Maisha Fields on Wednesday launched debate on a bill aimed at repealing the death penalty in Colorado. She was the first of many witnesses called to speak and she delivered powerful testimony. Fields told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she is the daughter of state Sen. Rhonda Fields and that she also “bears the burden” […]

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