Legislative News


The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans on Saturday elected former gubernatorial candidate Steve House as state party chair, ousting two-term chair Ryan Call by a comfortable margin at the party’s biennial reorganization meeting in Castle Rock.

Republicans were restless at the meeting, also replacing the party’s vice chair and secretary. Derrick Wilburn, the founder of American Conservatives of Color, defeated incumbent vice chair Mark Baisley, former El Paso County chair Eli Bremer and former Summit County chair Debra Irvine. Moffatt County chair Brandi Meek beat incumbent secretary Lana Fore.

Two Grand Junction city council races in full swing

The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION - There are two contested races in this year’s Grand Junction City Council election, which concludes April 7; ballots were mailed on March 16.

Running for a four-year term are Dennis J. Simpson, a certified public accountant who describes himself as “a fiscal conservative and lifetime Republican,” and Chris Kennedy, a telecommunications executive who secured the Democratic Party’s nomination for House District 55 in 2014.



Magazine Ban Repeal — The Senate on Tuesday gave its final approval to Senate Bill 15-175, which would repeal 2013 legislation limiting the size of ammunition magazines. SB 175 passed on a 21-13 vote, with one senator (Michael Johnston, D-Denver) absent. Three Democrats, who had already been announced as co-sponsors, voted with the Republican majority: Sens. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail; Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo; and Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge.

GOP dines to celebrate ‘earthquake’ victories

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans celebrated victories in last fall’s election and turned an eye toward next year, when the swing state will again be in play and at the center of national attention, at the state party’s annual Centennial Dinner on Friday in Greenwood Village.

P-Tech high school bill aims to address industry need for middle-skilled jobs

The Colorado Statesman

Two Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday presented a bill in the House Education Committee that would lay the groundwork for an enhanced high school degree program serving as a pipeline from the classroom to mid-level jobs.

Lawmakers cut deal cut on illegal immigrant drivers license funding

The Colorado Statesman

The Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday reached a compromise on a 2014-15 spending bill that would allow the state Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to clear off a backlog of requests for driver’s licenses from people in the country illegally.
The supplemental bill has been on the legislative docket for more than six weeks, an unusually long time for a bill that seeks to finish out the spending year for a state agency.

But Senate Bill 15-161 was controversial even before it was introduced.

Letter to Editor: March 20, 2015

Dear Editor,

Senator Bennet must not have researched the science and the experts behind the science rejecting the KXL pipeline.

The following scratches the surface:

Murder and rethinking juvenile sentencing: An interview with Rep. Dan Kagan

Special to The Colorado Statesman

State Representative Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills Village, has introduced a bill to set a new range of sentences for juveniles convicted of first degree murder. Under current Colorado law, juveniles convicted of first degree murder face a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years. In an interview with Catherine Strode, Representative Kagan says he believes Colorado’s juveniles should be sentenced based not only on their crime but on their individual characteristics and involvement in the crime they committed.

CHATTER: Gardner-Klingenschmitt kerfuffle brewing? But where's Waller?

The Colorado Statesman

The jockeying and posturing is in full force for the chance to run for the Colorado Springs Senate seat, SD 12, being left open by term-limited Senate President Bill Cadman.

Garnett outsources, Hill wins lawmakers' yoga feud

The Colorado Statesman

Can you say “Namaste?” The House Education Committee on Wednesday gave its approval to SB 186, which would remove yoga teacher training from the oversight of the Department of Regulatory Agencies. While the bill’s House sponsor, Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver, told The Colorado Statesman he is not into yoga, his wife is, and she can also do the “crow” position demonstrated by Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, when the bill was in the Senate Education Committee earlier this month.