Tag Archives: Democrats

Democrats Trying to Expand Worker Leave Activities

co-state-capitol-300Democrats want to expand the types of school activities for which parents are able to leave work. Currently, employers with more than 50 workers have to allow up to 18 hours of leave annually for employees to attend school activities Continue reading

Pro-Fracking Measure Passes State Senate

frackingRepublicans in the Colorado Senate advanced a pro-fracking measure Friday that makes a statement in advance of a Continue reading

Senate Votes to Allow Concealed Carry Without Permit

GUNThe Colorado Senate has approved a bill that would allow adults 21 and over to carry a concealed, unloaded gun without a permit. The proposal is a priority for Republicans newly in charge of the Senate. But the measure faces certain defeat in the Colorado House, which is still controlled by Democrats. The bill would Continue reading

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 Continue reading

Republicans Propose Parents Bill of Rights

co-state-capitol-300Colorado Republicans say parents need more control over their children’s school curriculum and medical treatment, and they’ve advanced what they call a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” with their newfound majority in the Senate. The Senate Continue reading

Republicans Pushing for Education Changes

co-state-capitol-300Colorado Republicans are using their new power in the state Legislature to push through conservative proposals to change public education – but many of the proposals stand little chance of becoming law. From private-school tax Continue reading

Bill to Ban EBT Cards at Dispensaries Moves Forward

MARIJUANA-300A bill to clarify that public benefit cards can’t be used at marijuana dispensary ATMs cleared its first hurdle in the Colorado Senate. A Senate committee advanced the proposal yesterday on a 3-2 vote with Democrats in opposition. They’re concerned the bill could adversely impact legitimate use of the public benefit cards. The bill Continue reading

Lawmakers Revisiting Gun Laws

AR GUNColorado Republicans are revisiting the contentious debate over gun control with more political power in the state Legislature. But the GOP’s new majority in the Senate doesn’t guarantee that their attempts to roll back gun restrictions will succeed, since Democrats who passed the laws in 2013 still control the House. As Continue reading

Lawmakers to Ban Using Food Stamps for Pot

MARIJUANA-300State lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can’t be used at dispensary ATMs. A bill facing its first hearing next week in the state Senate would add marijuana businesses and strip clubs to the list of Colorado businesses where public benefits cards can’t be used to withdraw cash. Liquor stores, Continue reading

Lawmakers Mulling Right-to-die Legislation

co-state-capitol-300Colorado Democrats are introducing legislation to allow the terminally ill choose when they die, with the help of doctor-prescribed medication. Democrats from the House and Senate announced details of the proposal yesterday, Continue reading

Lawmakers Spar Over Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

Illegal-Immigration-300Lawmakers got into a heated debate yesterday over a program that provides driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Republicans introduced legislation to reject money for the program, a move Democrats were unhappy with. The bill would block the Hickenlooper administration from spending $166,000 in fees generated from Continue reading

Hickenlooper Delivers State of the State Address

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper told lawmakers Colorado faces fiscal challenges in the coming years, but he stopped short of directing them to go to voters to allow the state to keep budget surpluses that must be refunded. Hickenlooper celebrated Colorado’s growing economy during his annual State of the State Continue reading