Legislative News

HUDSON: HONOR THE WARRIOR, NOT THE WAR

Denver protestors express misplaced blame of police

For those too young to remember the treatment of Vietnam veterans as they returned to civilian life, a reminder is in order. There is a reason why so many veterans subscribe to the admonition that, “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,” whatever their opinion of the wisdom of our current conflicts. I left the U.S. Navy in July of 1970. That fall I attended a party where a schoolteacher discovered I had recently returned from a tour keeping Southeast Asia safe for democracy. She assaulted me with disparaging accusations regarding my decision to serve.

Legislative rural caucus kicks off 2015 with first meeting

The Colorado Statesman

The General Assembly’s rural caucus began its 2015 activities Wednesday, hosting a meeting with the Colorado Ag Council to find out how they can help the ag community in the coming months.

Concurrent committee hearings kept some rural members from taking part in the Feb. 18 lunch meeting, although a dozen legislators were able to attend, some for the entire meeting and some for just a few minutes. One-third of the legislators are new members this year.

HUDSON: NOVELIST KENT HARUF WAS RURAL COLORADO’S POET LAUREATE

Flyover countryside offers lives of significance & dignity

Born in Pueblo in 1943, Kent Haruf has emerged as the premier chronicler of life on our eastern plains through the vehicle of his fictional creation: Holt, Colorado. Based on his years as a schoolteacher in Yuma, also Senator Cory Gardner’s hometown, Haruf published three novels that earned him critical acclaim as the Plainsong Trilogy. Joining them later this year will be Our Souls at Night which will make for a quartet of paeans to the satisfactions of small town relationships, caring and mutual respect.

TeleHealth Bill Would Expand Access To Care

An interview with Ben Price, Executive Director, Colorado Association of Health Plans
Catherine Strode

A bill requiring health plans in Colorado to provide health care services delivered through telehealth has passed through the House. House Bill 1029, sponsored by Rep. Perry Buck, R-Windsor. The bill would provide coverage for telehealth in any area of the state. Buck has called the bill “revolutionary” for the delivery of health care in the state.

Ben Price, Executive Director of the Colorado Association of Health Plans, the trade association of the state’s private insurance carriers, says his organization is throwing its support behind the bill.

Letter: In opposition to Senate Bill 15-093

Dear Editor,

This bill would require taxpayers to reimburse owners of mineral rights for the property value lost where hydraulic fracking has been banned or limited.

My name is on two US patents for hydraulic fracking technology. I worked as a consultant to major oil companies, DOE, DOD and major corporations. I own stock in Schlumberger and most major oil companies.

GOP consultant's guilty plea riles some Colorado Republicans

The Colorado Statesman

The political consultant appointed last year by the Colorado Republican Party to run its independent expenditure committee pleaded guilty last week to illegally coordinating contributions between a political action committee he ran and a campaign he managed in a 2012 congressional race in Virginia.

While the Virginia-based consultant, Tyler Harber, is no longer at the helm of the Colorado GOP’s super PAC, prominent state Republicans say his involvement raises questions about the entire operation and are demanding answers.

Construction bill would curb lawsuits

The Colorado Statesman

What is expected to be the landmark bill of the 2015 legislative session was introduced Tuesday. Senate Bill 15-177 would amend Colorado’s construction defects law, first passed in 2001. Supporters, including four bipartisan lawmakers, say the bill will help address a dearth of affordable middle-class housing in Colorado, primarily in the condo market.

SB 177 is the third attempt in as many years to address what supporters claim is an inability of developers to build affordable condos because of fear of class-action lawsuits.

Credit card transaction bill aims to reduce fees for small businesses

The Colorado Statesman

A bill to reduce the burden on small businesses that handle credit card transactions is pitting businesses against credit card companies, banks and the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.

House Bill 15-1154 is sponsored by Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, and Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver.

Current law requires businesses to send sales tax to the states. When those businesses accept credit cards, they are charged a percentage, usually 2 to 3 percent, as a fee by the credit card companies and banks. That fee is charged not only on the purchase but on the sales tax as well.

Bipartisan House-Senate Israel Caucus hosts first gathering, Jerusalem screening

The Colorado Statesman

To the layperson accustomed to what might seem a steady stream of partisan bantering between elected politicians, an event Monday night in Denver may have come as a surprise. Had they walked into the Vine Street Pub at 6:30 p.m., they would have encountered a very bipartisan group of state representatives and state senators assembled around a large table, smiles on their faces, drinks in hand and lively conversation underway.

The Bipartisan Israel Caucus convened its first ever official meeting Monday to discuss just one topic: Israel and its important relationship with Colorado.