Tag Archives: House

Health Exchange Will be Scrutinized

HEALTH-SYMBOL-300Colorado’s new Republican senate majority passed two bills out of the Senate this week to increase scrutiny of executive bonuses at Colorado’s ObamaCare exchange and require a performance audit of the struggling organization. Senate Bill 15-019 sponsored by Senator Sonnenberg passed out of the Senate on a 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 Expanding Rules on Criminal Blood Samples

Co-State-Capital-300A measure to expand the crimes for which defendants must submit blood samples is among the first bills moving forward in the Colorado Legislature. The state Senate voted unanimously yesterday in favor of a bill to require defendants in first-degree assault cases to undergo testing if their bodily fluids come into contact with an 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

Republicans Revisit Gun Laws

AR GUNRepublicans are moving fast to repeal gun-control legislation Colorado Democrats passed two years ago in response to mass shootings. The GOP hopes they’ll have the momentum necessary to succeed with more members at the statehouse. Among the first bills introduced when the legislative session started Continue reading

Tipton Will Focus on Job Growth and Creation

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton stressed that local economic growth and job creation remain at the center of his focus as he was sworn into the 114th Congress yesterday. Tipton, who ran a small business for over 30 years, is beginning his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 113th Congress he passed five pieces of legislation through the House, all with bipartisan support, two of which were signed into law. He Continue reading

Lawmakers to Address Possible Refunds to Taxpayers

Co-State-Capital-300Colorado lawmakers will address budgetary surpluses that require refunds to taxpayers during the legislative session that begins this week. It’ll be a busy four months for lawmakers who will also tackle government control over Continue reading

House Passes Spending Bill

REPUBLICANYesterday, the House passed legislation to fund the federal government through September 30th, while still allowing Congress to take action on the President’s executive orders on immigration by funding the Department of Homeland Security through a continuing resolution that expires February 27th. The measure cuts funding to the Continue reading

Birth Control to be Debated at State Level

republican and  democrat 300Colorado Democrats who credit a drop in teen pregnancy to expanding access to long-acting birth control, such as IUDs, will have to convince Republicans next year to use state funds for the contraceptives. Governor John Hickenlooper and his chief medical officer have praised a Continue reading

State Democrats Keep Slim Majority in House

republican and  democrat 300Colorado Democrats emerged from the 2014 elections battered and bruised. They lost the state Senate for the first time in 10 years and have a slimmer margin of power in the House than they had two years ago. Still, Democrats have more leverage than Republicans to dictate Continue reading

Colorado Republicans Take Control Of State Senate

Ballot-300Republican Representative Bob Rankin has retained his seat as the District 57 State Representative. Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties are in Rankin’s district. Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush took the District 26 State Representative seat. Routt County is in the 26th District.  Democrats are projected to Continue reading

Gardner, Udall Hold 2nd Debate this Week

mark-udall-300gardnerIt’s another day, another debate in Colorado’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race. Democratic Senator Mark Udall and his Republican challenger, Representative Cory Continue reading