Legislative News

Election bill at forefront of Legislature — again

The Colardo Statesman

Lawmakers this week debated a bill that aims to fix problems revealed by a Democratic-backed election law passed last year. But critics say the measure does not go far enough, and that the only solution is to repeal last year’s House Bill 1303.

The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Commit-tee on Monday backed House Bill 1164 on a 7-3 Democratic party-line vote. The bill then passed the House on Thursday by a vote of 37-25, with Rep. Jim Wilson, R-Salida, joining Democrats in supporting the measure.

Hudak blames sexism for political fall

Former state senator says she was subjected to horrible treatment that male colleague didn’t have to endure
The Colorado Statesman

On Jan. 22, the 41st anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that held unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion to be unconstitutional — effectively legalizing abortion everywhere in the United States — former state Sen. Evie Hudak acknowledged the many strides that have been made over the years for women’s rights.

Still a high interest in modifying pot regs

Banning ‘edibles’ and caps on potency could be fodder for bills
The Colorado Statesman

Even as state regulators are first implementing a new marijuana marketplace that took a year to craft, a Republican lawmaker is planning legislation for later in the session that could go as far as to ban cannabis-infused products and concentrates, while setting potency caps.

Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, has pulled a bill title related to marijuana, which he says will become more specific when he is ready to introduce a measure.

Proposal seeks to make Colorado first ‘no-kill’ state

But large animal welfare group says proponents are barking up wrong tree
The Colorado Statesman

Animal welfare issues are scratching their way to the surface this year as voters may be asked to make Colorado the first no-kill state in the nation and lawmakers continue work protecting shelter animals and injured pets.

Grabbing headlines is a ballot proposal that would ask voters to prohibit shelters from euthanizing animals unless they were sick or suffering, according to language submitted to Legislative Council.

Aurora attorney George Brown is spearheading the initiative.

Voters may get to weigh in on ag animal issues

The Colorado Statesman

Animal rights activists who want voters to ban certain livestock procedures may have to contend with a bill at the state capitol that could rein in some of their tactics.

Small firestorm over wildfire legislation

The Colorado Statesman

In the opening days of the legislative session that began on Jan. 8, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle said addressing wildfires is not a partisan conversation, but a “Colorado issue.” Just two weeks later, however, both sides fought for the spotlight as they outlined strategies to protect the state.

Republicans planned a news conference for last Friday where they presented their strategies. But just one day before, on Thursday, Democrats announced their own news conference, which Gov. John Hickenlooper joined.

Minority legislators attempt to address issues of inequality

The Colorado Statesman

Black and Latino Democrats this year are planning legislation to address economic disparities between white Coloradans and Coloradans of color.

Their attempt to address inequality comes after controversies this summer in which two Republicans were accused of insensitive remarks and actions during meetings of the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force in August.

Colorado March for Life attracts large crowd; serves as kick-off for ‘Yes on 67’ campaign

GUEST COLUMNIST

On a sun-drenched January day, an estimated 2000 Pro-life Protestants, Catholics and others gathered at the Colorado State Capitol to remember and honor the many millions of tiny victims of the horrific Supreme Court Roe v Wade decision of 1973.

Flare-up over rules turns into a political firestorm

Remember pledge for bipartisanship just last week?
The Colorado Statesman

Last week’s pleas for bipartisanship by legislative leaders during opening days of the session quickly faded from reality as a kerfuffle over the introduction of a gun control repeal imploded into a political firestorm.

Senate Republicans accused Democrats of attempting to thwart the democratic process by violating legislative rules in order to delay introduction of a measure that would repeal much of the universal background check law pushed by Democrats last session.

New gun rights group formed to target lawmakers

The Colorado Statesman

A nonprofit advocating for Second Amendment rights has formed to remind lawmakers that they remain a moving target.

Following bitter recalls in which two Senate Democrats have already been recalled from office, and another resigned rather than face a recall election, the Colorado Second Amendment Association was created to build upon the grassroots momentum behind last year’s recall efforts.