Jerry Kopel

KOPEL: SEVEN HUNDRED COLUMNS UNDER MY BELT

Update on legislative bills (and also about me)

There were two sunrise bills and one sunset bill that you read about in my previous columns, and now you have the final read on what happened in those three regulatory attempts.

KOPEL: STILL ON THE BOOKS

Adultery is nothing new in Colorado

This law has been on the Colorado statutes for 150 years and will likely remain in Colorado Revised Statutes for a few more decades. The subject? Adultery.

KOPEL: STATE INTERVENTION COULD BE HELPFUL

Roofing industry concedes need for regulation

"We need to be regulated,” concedes the Colorado Roofing Association in their application to the Dept. of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) for licensing of roofing contractors.

KOPEL: THIS IS DRIVING ME CRAZY

Control of mental health boards is at stake

The longer Senate Bill 187 simmers in Senate and House committees, the worse it smells from the amendments to the mental health law and violation of the Department of Regulatory Affairs’ Sunset Review.

KOPEL: SLEUTHING AROUND AT THE CAPITOL

Gumshoes, for the most part, prefer regulation over state licensure

You remember the movie. Humphrey Bogart chain-smoker who keeps a bottle of Scotch in his left-hand drawer, sitting in his dilapidated office, with a good-hearted babe receptionist in the outer office. Suddenly the door opens, and there is Ingrid Bergman, a beautiful dame who needs a private eye.

KOPEL: WHERE ARE MY GLASSES?

I’m seeing red over the type in the pink book

The pink book is available.” That is a declaration, which, in the past, was welcome news. A glossary of elected officials with phone numbers and other information, seating assignments in the House and Senate and addresses useful for contacting, all in a small size booklet form.

KOPEL: NEWS YOU CAN USE BEFORE APRIL 15

As tax time nears, there’s rallying for RALs

Each year in Denver I record winter’s presence by the scurrying sound of furry squirrels going after the remaining crabapples hanging on our trees.

KOPEL: LEGISLATURE WILL DECIDE…

Can unlicensed psychotherapists claim they’re registered by the state?

First the good news: Based on a recommendation from the Dept. of Regulatory Agencies research staff, the Legislature will set up a Type 1 independent board to oversee and regulate more than 3,000 licensed and certified addiction counselors presently governed only by the director of the Division’s Medical Health Section.

KOPEL: PROCEED WITH CAUTION

Lessons for lobbyists as new session begins

Are you getting ready to be an executive branch department or article lobbyist at the state legislature?

KOPEL: ADVICE TO THE 2011 LEGISLATORS

Legislators are a family, which means there can be dysfunction as well as harmony

Beginning in January of 1993, every odd year, I have written a column aimed at new legislators in the House and Senate. I know the concept is trite, but true. “Your first impression will be how did I get to be here?” Two weeks later you would be asking me “how did those incumbents get here?” I’ll respond, “The same way you did.”