Tag Archives: House

Tipton Questions Witnesses on Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton underscored the impractical nature of the federal government’s proposed listing of the Greater Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act. During the House Committee on Natural Resources hearing on “Empowering State Management of Greater Sage Grouse,” witnesses Continue reading

Obama Threatens to Veto Defense Bill Over Sage Grouse Provision

obamaReports say President Obama is threatening to veto the nation’s entire defense spending bill, because it includes a provision to postpone listing the Greater Sage Grouse as an Endangered Species. The report says that the White House has proclaimed that if the sage grouse and other provisions aren’t eliminated from the bill, the Continue reading

Congress Unhappy With Progress of Over-Budget Denver VA Hospital

VETERANSCongressional leaders say the future of the over-budget Denver VA hospital is unclear because the Veterans Affairs Department hasn’t come up with an acceptable plan for funding it. In a statement yesterday, the chairmen of the House and Senate veterans committees also criticized the VA for not punishing those Continue reading

Lawmakers Hope to Finish Standardized Testing Bill Today

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers are close to agreement on one of the most vexing problems of the term – how to reduce standardized tests for students in public schools. Legislators have been debating various plans to reduce student tests for months. Continue reading

Lawmakers Trying to Secure Pay Raises

pay raiseColorado lawmakers are hustling during the term’s final days to dramatically raise the pay of elected officials, including themselves. A bill to hike the salaries of statewide elected officials and state lawmakers passed the Senate late yesterday on an unrecorded voice vote. The bill has to pass the Senate in a more formal recorded vote before heading to the House. The bill hikes the pay of Continue reading

Legislative Session ends Wednesday

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers face a chaotic three-day stretch of work before adjourning for the year Wednesday with substantial legislation still pending, including more oversight on law enforcement, allowing school-violence victims to Continue reading

Tipton Provides Legislative Update

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Congressman Scott Tipton gave Wild West Radio an update yesterday on what he’s been doing in the Legislature this year. Tipton was excited about legislation he just had reintroduced in the House to limit the Federal Government’s power over water in the U.S. Tipton says the bill is about preserving state’s and private rights. Tipton says Continue reading

Lawmakers Take Different Approach to Red Light Cameras

TRAFFIC CAMERAA group of Colorado senators is frustrated by the slow pace of a House bill to ban cities from using red-light enforcement cameras. So they’re forwarding a rival measure to compel towns to get voter approval to keep the cameras. The Senate is scheduled to vote this week on the bill, Continue reading

Senate Committee Limits Secret Science by EPA

EPA-300A Senate committee voted yesterday to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using ‘secret science’ to back its regulations. The vote in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee came after the GOP-controlled House repeatedly approved the bill. It previous was stalled in the Democratic-majority Senate. Continue reading

Lawmakers Consider Felony Penalties for Multiple DUIs

co-state-capitol-300A measure to add penalties for habitual drunken drivers is being looked at in the state Senate. The felony DUI bill has already passed the House and was mentioned by the governor in January as a priority for the year. Colorado is among five Continue reading

Bill Allowing Pot Use on Probation Hits Governor’s Desk

MARIJUANA-300A Colorado bill to allow medical marijuana use by people on probation or parole is on its way to the governor’s desk. Colorado has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years, but not by people on probation or parole. A bill that passed the senate 34-1 yesterday would change that policy so those with permission to use marijuana for medical Continue reading

Lawmakers Debating Law Enforcement Oversight Bills

co-state-capitol-300Three bills aimed at expanding oversight on Colorado law enforcement are starting to move through the Senate as the legislative session nears its end. One proposal would encourage the use of officer body-worn cameras through a grant Continue reading