Legislative News

Software tax exemption likely to return

The Colorado Statesman

Last year’s repeal of a tax exemption on downloadable software is likely to go back on the books this summer, the result of the budget deal struck by the Senate and House and contained in House Bill 11-1293.

Ethics committee unanimously dismisses complaint against state Senate leader

The Colorado Statesman

The Senate ethics committee Tuesday unanimously dismissed a complaint lodged last month against Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs.

Making of the 2011 budget

The Colorado Statesman

The deal may be done, but it’s far from a done deal.

After more than a week of closed-door negotiations and sometimes-hot tempers, the House and Senate have agreed on a budget package for 2011-12, a package that has the seal of approval from Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Education funding and politics also torpedoed JBC budget bill in 1986

The Colorado Statesman

During the past week, in discussing the possibility that the Senate would introduce its own budget bill, Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, and others, referenced the last time the Long Appropriations Bill came out under the sponsorship of someone other than the JBC was about 20 years ago.

Bi-partisan love fest ends for health care exchanges bill

The Colorado Statesman

The bill that would start the process for setting up health care exchanges in Colorado debuted with a bi-partisan love fest among House and Senate leadership and the governor.

Morse ethics probe nears deadline

The Colorado Statesman

It looks as if the next meeting of a committee looking into the investigation on an ethics complaint filed against Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, will wait until Tuesday.

Civil unions bill killed on party-line vote

The Colorado Statesman

After nearly eight hours of often emotional testimony on legislation to establish civil unions, the House Judiciary Committee took less than a minute to quash the measure on a party-line vote last week, with six Republicans opposing the bill and five Democrats voting in favor.

Payday lender bill being fast-tracked through House

The Colorado Statesman

A bill to undo one of the most controversial aspects of last year’s payday lender reform legislation is flying through the House this week.

Controversial health care exchange bill introduced

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado isn’t waiting for the outcome of several lawsuits over federal health care reform to carve its own way on health care.

Last week, Gov. John Hickenlooper and two legislative leaders announced a bill that would create health care exchanges in Colorado. Senate Bill 11-200 passed the Senate Health & Human Services Committee Thursday afternoon.

Primary election dates to move under Senate bill approved Wednesday

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s August primary could become a relic of history, under a bill that received unanimous approval Wednesday from the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.