Tag Archives: House

Hash Oil Bill Moves Forward in Legislature

MARIJUANA-300Colorado lawmakers advanced a measure that would make it a felony to use explosive gases to make hash oil at home. The proposal is a response to explosions and injuries resulting from amateur hash oil production. At least 30 people were injured last year in 32 butane explosions involving hash oil, according to the Continue reading

Tipton Reintroduces Water Rights Protection Act

WATER CONSERVATIONAs promised, yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton teamed with Wyoming Senator John Barrasso to reintroduce legislation to protect water users from uncompensated federal takings of privately-held water rights. The Water Rights Protection Act (WRPA), which passed the House in the 113th Congress with bipartisan support, Continue reading

Minimum Wage Bill Fails

MINIMUM WAGEA Democratic effort to allow cities to raise the minimum wage in Colorado has failed in the state Legislature. A GOP-controlled Senate committee voted 3-2 yesterday not to allow local governments to set wages above the statewide Continue reading

Democrats Reject Gun Law Repeals

AR GUNColorado Democrats rejected Republican efforts to repeal new background-check requirements for private gun sales and to eliminate limits on the size of ammunition magazines. The votes came Monday. A Democrat-led House committee voted 7-4 against a bill to repeal a 2013 law that requires background checks for private gun sales Continue reading

Lawmakers Debate Fetal Homicide Bill

co-state-capitol-300A long-anticipated Colorado bill inspired by the case of a woman accused of cutting open the belly of a pregnant woman and removing her unborn baby girl has been introduced in the state Senate. The bill would make the killing of a fetus a Continue reading

Lawmakers Crack Down on Unregulated Marijuana Growers

MARIJUANA-300After years of trying and failing to make it harder to grow large amounts of pot without paying taxes, the Colorado Senate has given unanimous preliminary approval to a crackdown on unregulated marijuana growers. A bill that won unanimous approval yesterday would require people who grow more than 99 plants for medical Continue reading

Snow Tire Bill Fails in Senate

WINTER-DRIVING-300Colorado drivers won’t be required to get snow tires to drive on Interstate 70 next winter, after all. The state Senate voted yesterday to deflate a proposal to require motorists without four-wheel drive to use snow tires or carry chains or cables Continue reading

Lawmakers Require Snow Tires in Winter

WINTER-DRIVING-300The Colorado Senate has approved a bill requiring winter drivers to have snow-appropriate tires during winter months on the state’s mountain highways. The bill would require all motorists without four-wheel drive to Continue reading

House Advances Two Police Oversight Bills

co-state-capitol-300The Colorado House advanced measures to limit the use of chokeholds by officers and to appoint special prosecutors when law enforcement is accused of using excessive force. The bills, in response to public outcry over allegations of Continue reading

House Debates Budget This Week

Co-State-Capital-300This week it’s the House’s turn to debate and vote on the state’s $25 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. The GOP-controlled Senate has already approved it on a largely partisan vote, leaving Democrats upset over not getting funding for some of their priorities, such as affordable housing grants and money for a Continue reading

Lawmakers Approve State Budget

Co-State-Capital-300Colorado lawmakers gave preliminary approval to the state’s $25 billion budget for next year. The state’s spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1st reflects an improving economy. The budget has about $70 million set aside for surplus tax refunds required under Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. TABOR Continue reading

Lawmakers Adjusting Investor Requirements

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers have agreed to expand investment in private start-up companies by sending the governor a bill to expand the pool of potential investors. A bill approved by the Senate yesterday would make Colorado at least the 15th Continue reading