Legislative News

Steadman and Ferrandino: Bring back tax amnesty

The Colorado Statesman

Two Colorado lawmakers Wednesday said bringing back a 2003 tax amnesty idea, while not original, is creative and could bring in $15 million for K-12 education.

Hickenlooper signs first bills as governor

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper marked the beginning of March with his first bill signing as the state’s 42nd governor. Hickenlooper signed seven non-controversial bills during Tuesday’s ceremony, ringed by 30 lawmakers and dozens of staff and supporters.

Bill introduced for civil unions for same-sex couples

Will Cupid get McNulty’s heart on this issue?
The Colorado Statesman

State Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, on Monday introduced a bill to establish civil unions in Colorado, creating a state-sanctioned relationship for same-sex couples. And because the legislation debuted on Valentine’s Day, a supporter of the bill dressed as Cupid delivered construction-paper “links of love” to legislators during the lunch hour, meant to demonstrate support from around the state for the proposal.

Employee partnerships order still on the books

The Colorado Statesman

The second attempt by Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield, to kill a 2007 executive order on employee partnerships fell by the wayside Monday. The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed his Senate Bill 11-038 on a 3-2 party-line vote. However, Mitchell got a bit of encouragement for one facet of his concerns over the largest state employee union, Colorado WINS, from the Senate President Pro Tem.

Mesa State bill moves forward

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats mounted a furious effort this week to defeat a bill that could allow Mesa State College to opt-out of the state personnel system.

Employee partnerships: What they do and what they don’t do

The Colorado Statesman

The employee partnership agreements were authorized by Gov. Bill Ritter on Nov. 2, 2007 through Executive Order D 028 07. The order allowed classified state employees to choose a union that would represent them on workplace issues, such as efficiency, safety, or training, through “negotiating units” for each of the state’s job groups or agencies.

Undocumented student tuition resurfaces

Dream bill or nightmare at Colorado Capitol?
The Colorado Statesman

Next week, the Senate Education Committee plans to wade into the fray over illegal immigration, when they tackle another effort to grant undocumented students instate tuition.

2010-11 budget up for its (hopefully) final balancing act

The Colorado Statesman

The Start Smart K-12 breakfast program, which caused embarrassment for Republicans and over which Democrats made hay, is back.

Kerr’s bike route bill heads to Judiciary

The Colorado Statesman

House Bill 1092, sponsored by Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, was approved on a 7-6 vote in the House Transportation Committee last week, and is scheduled for a second reading this week.

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.