Legislative News

Rep. Balmer apologizes, says he ‘lost his cool'

The Colorado Statesman

Rep. David Balmer, a co-chair of the Joint Committee on Redistricting, formally apologized Monday morning to the full House for behavior last week that earned him a ban from the Senate for the duration of the session.

Revenue measure KO’d by House

The Colorado Statesman

The battle over a nonbinding resolution on state revenues is at an impasse, with the Senate rejecting a $195 million cut added into the resolution by the House, and the House rejecting the Senate changes.

Voting ID bill dies in committee

May get new life in House
The Colorado Statesman

A bill that would require voters to prove citizenship when they register to vote died in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee Wednesday afternoon on a 3-2 party-line vote. Senate Bill 18 pitted Tea Partiers against advocates for the disabled, seniors, victims of domestic violence and the poor, and prompted one pro-SB 18 witness to hint that those who can’t afford their birth certificates are just out of luck. And despite the bill’s defeat, the issue isn’t dead at the state capitol, with a pledge from its House sponsor that another version is on the way.

Bipartisan mood shattered with the shuttering of a mic

The Colorado Statesman

“You’re out of order.”

That became the mantra of Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, during a debate Tuesday morning on what some legislators called a “meaningless” annual resolution on the budget.

Republicans roll out repeals on ’10 legislation

Good luck getting ‘dirty dozen’ to guv
The Colorado Statesman

Statehouse Republicans wasted no time getting to the bills that they championed during the campaign season and beyond — eliminating the so-called “dirty dozen” tax exemption repeals, an Arizona-style immigration law, and a change to FASTER.

First redistricting committee ends in song

The Colorado Statesman

The joint legislative committee that hopes to come up with a bipartisan congressional redistricting map held an organizational meeting this week that ended with a round of “Name That Tune.”

Provider fee, federal health care reform reviewed at capitol

The Colorado Statesman

The hospital provider fee bill passed by the General Assembly two years ago has provided access to health care for 30,000 uninsured Coloradans, and reduced the financial burden on hospitals that cover the medically indigent.

Divided legislature pledges united front as session begins

The Colorado Statesman

The 2011 General Assembly began on Wednesday, and amidst the swearing-in ceremonies and speeches came brief moments when House Democrats reminded their Republican colleagues that Republicans hold a thin one-seat majority in the House, and that Democrats are still wounded from the bruising 2010 election. But in the speeches, a desire for bipartisanship, with a divided Legislature, was the theme of the day.

Hickenlooper walks into governorship amid cold temps, burning issues

State officials sworn into office
The Colorado Statesman

It began, as it always has with him, with a walk. Halfway on their walk across Lincoln Park to the state capitol on Inauguration Day, Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper and his wife, Helen Thorpe, stopped and took a look back, as if for one last goodbye, to the Denver City-County building and to the life of a big-city mayor.

Behind the scenes from Week One of the 2011 General Assembly

One of the sergeant-at-arms at the state capitol on Tuesday said the highlight of the day was opening a bathroom for Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper — who hadn’t yet been given the security code for the 1st floor bathroom door.