Legislative News

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.

Redistricting maps in — Bipartisanship out?

The Colorado Statesman

On Tuesday, the Joint Select Committee on Redistricting will begin negotiating congressional boundaries drawn on 11 different maps.

Budget package, round 2: the House

The Colorado Statesman

The 2011 Long Appropriations Bill and accompanying budget-balancing bills landed in the House this week and on Thursday got final House approval. But the budget’s trip through the House was nothing like the generally-amiable reception the package got in the Senate.

Liston’s beer bill fails to ferment in House

The Colorado Statesman

It isn’t often that a legislator filibusters his own bill, but Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs, stretched out the debate on his House Bill 11-1284 for more than two hours, in hopes that it would survive the House.