Legislative News

Payday lending bill dies in Senate committee

The Colorado Statesman

Efforts to undo part of last year’s payday lending reforms came to an end on Thursday, when the Senate Local Government and Energy Committee voted on a party-line 3-2 vote to shut down House Bill 11-1290.

Issue of judicial training on business litigation gets political

The Colorado Statesman

An effort to train judges on business litigation has produced yet another battle at the state Capitol between Democratic lawmakers and Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

Health care exchange bill on to governor

But future of bill on interstate compacts remains in doubt
The Colorado Statesman

Despite growing opposition from Republicans, supporters of the health insurance exchange bill can claim victory this week as the bill cleared the House and is on its way to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper for signing. But another bill, on interstate compacts for health insurance that has one of the same sponsors as the health exchange bill, is one step away from the trash.

Health care bills face uncertain future

Lack of GOP majority could affect outcomes
The Colorado Statesman

Two bills dealing with Colorado health care rules and policy are likely to hit the House at nearly the same time, and possibly when the House Republicans have temporarily lost a member that gives them their one-seat majority.

Reapportionment Commission nears completion

The Colorado Statesman

While attention is focused this week on redrawing Congressional boundaries, and a map and bill coming from the Senate, another body is gearing up to redraw the state’s legislative districts.

House Education consigns ASSET to the scrap heap

The Colorado Statesman

The Senate sponsors of Senate Bill 11-126, the bill that sought to grant undocumented students access to in-state tuition, are taking the bill’s defeat in stride and promise they’ll be back.

Redistricting effort stalled; Democrats may proceed on their own

The Colorado Statesman

A map outlining Colorado’s seven Congressional Districts will be introduced next week by the Democrats who sat on the Joint Select Committee on Redistricting, according to one of the committee’s co-chairs, Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder.

Payday loan bill started off like a racehorse at state Capitol, now is a plug

The Colorado Statesman

The effort to race through a change to last year’s legislation on payday loans has slowed from a flood to a trickle.

House Bill 11-1290 was introduced on Friday, March 25 and had its only committee hearing just four days later. Six days after its introduction, HB 1290 was voted out of the House on a 36-27 vote, with four Democrats voting with the chamber’s 32 Republicans present that day.

Bill on in-state tuition for undocumented students passes state Senate

The Colorado Statesman

The Senate this week approved Senate Bill 11-126, the bill that would give unsubsidized in-state tuition rates to undocumented students. And while the bill’s supporters cheered the milestone of getting it out of the Senate, the next hurdle is larger: getting it out of the House Education Committee, where it was assigned Thursday and may be heard as soon as Monday.

One last weak beer bill is still brewing

The Colorado Statesman

A second week of attention to changing Colorado’s laws on who can sell beer and at what strength saw another bill go down the drain and one left still on tap.