Tag Archives: Senate

House Bill would Set Mandatory Fines for Animal Fighting

co-state-capitol-300A Colorado bill to set mandatory fines for people convicted of animal fighting is headed to the governor’s desk. Animal fighting is not widespread in Colorado, with only two people in the state convicted of the crime during the past Continue reading

Tipton Reacts to Netanyahu’s Speech

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) spoke to the importance of the bond between the United States and Israel in a statement following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress. Tipton says he agrees with the Israeli leader, in that the two countries share the critical goal of bringing about peace in an Continue reading

Democrats Expected to Vote Down Republican Energy Bill

co-state-capitol-300Democrats are expected to vote down a GOP plan to lower Colorado’s renewable energy mandates. A bill to lower the mandates has passed the Republican state Senate and had its first hearing in a House committee yesterday. That committee Continue reading

Legislature Moves Forward with Ban on Palcohol

palcoholA powdered alcohol ban is advancing in the state Legislature, though sponsors insist the ban is more of a “time-out” to figure out how to regulate a product that doesn’t exist yet. The Senate voted 28-7 yesterday for a bill to ban the sale of a Continue reading

State Legislature Week Ahead

co-state-capitol-300The upcoming week in the Colorado Legislature includes possible votes by the full House and Senate on some hefty bills. They include a final vote in the House on a requirement that all noncommercial vehicles have snow tires or Continue reading

Dems Propose More Funding for Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Residents

licenseColorado Democrats are setting the stage for a big fight with Republicans over funding for a program that lets immigrant drivers get a license regardless of their legal status. The latest development in the dispute came yesterday when House Democrats used their majority to give initial approval to add $166,000 for program Continue reading

Lawmakers Advance Bill to Ban Palcohol

palcoholLegislation to put the sale of powdered alcohol on hold in Colorado advanced in the state Senate as lawmakers grapple with how to regulate a product that’s not in stores yet. The product called Palcohol is still awaiting federal approval. It Continue reading

Lawmakers Advance Bill to Curb Cyberbullying

co-state-capitol-300Bullying on social media would be penalized with a misdemeanor harassment charge and possible jail time with a bill approved by Colorado House lawmakers. The proposal passed the chamber yesterday on a bipartisan 43-22 vote. But some Continue reading

Sexual Assault Bill Moving Through Senate

co-state-capitol-300Sex assault victims would be able to undergo forensic evidence collection without reporting a crime under a measure pending in the Colorado Legislature. The state Senate gave unanimous bipartisan support yesterday to the bill. It 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

Lawmakers Address Online Bullying

co-state-capitol-300Bullying on social media would be subject to new criminal penalties under a bill advancing in the Colorado House. The sponsor of the bill, Democratic Representative Rhonda Fields, is naming her proposal after a Douglas County high Continue reading

Lawmakers Call on Obama to Approve Keystone

KEYSTONELawmakers are calling on President Obama to sign the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation. Senator Cory Gardner released a statement to the president yesterday, making a case for the pipeline. Gardner says he’s excited that the bill passed with bipartisan support in the House and Senate. He says the project will “create Continue reading