Jerry Kopel

29 HJRs A RECORD LOW IN RECENT YEARS

Let’s hear it for Terrance Carroll, who limited House Joint Resolutions

No way! Yes they could! And they did it!

The Colorado House, in the 2009 First General Session of the Sixty-Seventh Legislature, knocked House Joint Resolutions out for the 10-count.

KOPEL: CHANGES AT CAPITOL HAVE LEFT US ESTRANGED

The good old days at the Legislature were marked with civility among members

My services at the Legislature began in 1957 while still a law student, before many of the present members were born.

I helped wife Dolores, who had been hired to proof bills that were scheduled for introduction in the House. The system required that bills to be certified by the proofreader be the same as the original. The original was returned to the sponsor, who then turned it over to the House chief clerk.

KOPEL: LIKE HUMPTY DUMPTY, BINGO TEETERS ON A WALL

Control over bingo must be moved carefully

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men; couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Think of Humpty as BINGO!

KOPEL: SOME BETTORS GET A KICK BETTING PENNIES

Casino tax hike: Possible by fiscal 2010-'11

Is it possible to tell how much profit casinos will earn in small bets in future years despite the passage of Amendment 50 in 2008? I think so.

KOPEL: NOTARIES, CAR DEALERS, FORFEITURES

More regulation sought; some is approved

There are about 110,000 new and reappointed notaries public under the jurisdiction of Colorado’s Department of State. Fortunately, Senate Bill 111, which reauthorized regulation of notaries public under the Sunset Act, didn’t restore a notorious windfall profit section of the law that — when it was in force from 1981 through 1990 — allowed surety companies to take in $5.7 million and pay out $106,000.

KOPEL: HUMMERS AND STINGERS DESERVE COMEBACK

GOP gets upper hand in end-of-session show

"Tradition!” cries Tevye the dairyman in the village of Anatevka in 1905, as he, his wife, Goldie, and their five daughters cope with life in Fiddler on the Roof.

“Tradition!” was also the Hummers (and Stingers) on display at the end of the state House sessions for more than 35 of the past 40 years. Whenever Democrats are the minority House party, the Hummers perform with “digs” at the majority legislators. When Republicans are the minority party, the performance is labeled “the Stingers.”

KOPEL: TIMES MAY BE BAD, BUT CITIZENS DO RESPOND

Keeping a lid on a constitutional convention

The conflicts over money issues in the Colorado Constitution need to be resolved. But it’s easy to understand why members of the Legislature are concerned about starting the process when one looks at the requirements under Article 19 on convening a constitutional convention.

KOPEL: CASINO TAX DILEMMA WON'T BE OVER EASILY

Legislators scramble to fix bad egg law

For decades, Colorado’s executive branch has treated people who eat eggs pretty negligently.

Now, however, the Department of Regulatory Agencies Sunset research staff and Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, and Rep. Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins, are well on the way to protecting egg eaters from former loopholes in Colorado’s egg inspection laws through Senate Bill 127, which has been signed into law by Gov. Bill Ritter.

KOPEL: LET'S CUT COLORADO'S HIGH PAYMENT TO RETAILERS

Millions in lottery revenue there for taking

Colorado’s state government is facing a shortfall of $600 million or more, and everyone is trying to figure out how to bring more money into the coffers.

KOPEL: TOO SERIOUS FOR APRIL FOOL'S DAY

Census decides Colorado’s political future

In the United States April Fool’s Day, also known as United States Census Taking Day, will occur April 1, 2010.