Lawmakers to Debate Pensions, Juvenile Shackling, and Vets

co-state-capitol-300Still to come this week in the Colorado Legislature, lawmakers worried about shackles and restraints used on juvenile offenders want to change such policies in judicial districts. A proposal up for its first hearing in a House committee today would require changes to policies surrounding when juveniles can be shackled in court. Military veterans would get free admission to state parks for a three-day weekend before or after Veteran’s Day annually with a bill making its way through the Senate. It has its first hearing there in a committee tomorrow. The bill has already cleared the House. Legislative staffers estimate that about 375,000 veterans in the state would be eligible for free admission to state parks. Changes to the pension system for Colorado teachers and other government employees always touch off major debates. A GOP measure awaiting a final vote in the Senate this week would allow more state employees in the pension system to change how they invest for retirement by getting more control over their investments – in exchange for uncertain retirement payments. Republicans say the bill empowers state employees, but Democrats consider it an early attempt to start dismantling guaranteed pension payments.

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