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Rep. Conti’s Bill to Prevent Child Trafficking Passes Committee Unanimously

Rep. Conti’s Bill to Prevent Child Trafficking Passes Committee Unanimously

Denver – Today, the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee unanimously passed House Bill 1372, sponsored by Representative Kathleen Conti (R-Littleton). The bill will make unauthorized solicitation of children for adoption purposes a class 6 felony. House Bill 1372 is in response to a deplorable practice known as “rehoming,” in which parents use means, such as online sites, to advertise their children whom they no longer want.   “The stories of rehomed children are heart-wrenching … Read entire article »

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Unanimous Support for Rep. Dore’s Parole Reform Bill

Unanimous Support for Rep. Dore’s Parole Reform Bill

April 21, 2014   Denver –Today, the House unanimously passed House Bill 1044, sponsored by Representative Tim Dore (R-Elizabeth), which will send parolees who tamper with their monitoring bracelets back to prison and establish a protocol for notifying law enforcement if the device is disabled.   “The House took a big step forward in improving public safety and strengthening our parole laws,” said Dore. “We worked closely with the department of corrections and other stakeholders to craft a bill … Read entire article »

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House Unanimously Supports Resolution Calling for More Water Storage

House Unanimously Supports Resolution Calling for More Water Storage

April 17, 2014 Denver – Today, the House unanimously adopted House Joint Resolution 1018, concerning the importance of preserving water supplies in Colorado for Colorado’s agricultural economy. The resolution was introduced by Representative Lori Saine (R-Firestone) to raise awareness about the significance of Colorado’s agricultural industry and the importance of effective water management.   “Colorado’s agricultural industry contributes approximately $40 billion to our state’s economy and is the predominant economic driver for rural Colorado,” said Saine. “As our … Read entire article »

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House Democrats Step on State Constitution in Defense of Their Election Law

House Democrats Step on State Constitution in Defense of Their Election Law

April 17, 2014   Denver – Today, House Democrats passed, on another party-line vote, Senate Bill 158 which changes the definition of ‘election day’ in order to correct one of the many problems their election reform bill, House Bill 13-1303, has created.   Democrats’ highly contentious election bill HB 13-1303, which was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper, was rushed through the legislature last year receiving zero Republican support. Democrats have already passed more than 100 pages fixing problems … Read entire article »

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Rep. Scott’s Bill to Support Alternative Fuel Use Passes House

Rep. Scott’s Bill to Support Alternative Fuel Use Passes House

April 16, 2014   Denver – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 1326, sponsored by Representative Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction), which will offer a credit to businesses that invest in commercial trucks and heavy equipment that are fueled by clean burning diesel, natural gas, or propane. These fuels are already in use in some city vehicles, such as school buses, and are in the development process for trucks and tractors that are two tons or … Read entire article »

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Scott Bill Provides Relief for Parents & Students

Scott Bill Provides Relief for Parents & Students

April 16, 2014   Yesterday, in a strong show of support to curb state mandates on local school districts, the state House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 1202.   Sponsored by Representative Ray Scott (R- Grand Junction), the bill establishes a study that will evaluate the necessity and cost of the growing number of state mandated tests for Colorado students.   “When it comes to kids, parents are passionate,” said Scott. “During the hearing on this legislation, we heard that … Read entire article »

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Unanimous Support for Landgraf’s Bill Increasing Penalties for the Sale of Synthetic Canabinoids (Spice)

Unanimous Support for Landgraf’s Bill Increasing Penalties for the Sale of Synthetic Canabinoids (Spice)

April 16, 2014   Denver – Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 1037, sponsored by Representative Lois Landgraf (R-Fountain), which will subject vendors selling synthetic cannabinoids to fines and civil liability. Synthetic cannabinoids are often sold as incense and, while advertised as not for human consumption, have become a popular designer drug. The bill addresses health concerns after several people were hospitalized or killed in Colorado after smoking synthetic cannabinoids.   It is illegal in Colorado … Read entire article »

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House Passes Rep. Scott’s Bill To Create Remote Testimony Locations in Colorado

House Passes Rep. Scott’s Bill To Create Remote Testimony Locations in Colorado

April 15, 2014   Denver –Today, the House unanimously passed Representative Ray Scott’s (R-Grand Junction) bill, House Bill 1303, that will create designated locations throughout the state to give Coloradans the opportunity to testify during House and Senate committee hearings. The bill will help prevent circumstances, such as weather, distance, and time from deterring citizens from participating in the legislative process.   “I am pleased to see my efforts to help encourage greater citizen participation in the legislative process … Read entire article »

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Rep. Lawrence Elected New Minority Whip by House Republicans

Rep. Lawrence Elected New Minority Whip by House Republicans

April 15, 2014   Today, the House Republican caucus unanimously elected Representative Polly Lawrence (R-Littleton) to be the next House Minority Whip. The move comes after the resignation of Representative Kevin Priola (R-Henderson) from the position earlier this week. Representative Priola nominated Representative Lawrence to succeed him at the caucus meeting today.   “I am honored to receive the support of all of my colleagues as I take this new position in our caucus’ leadership,” said Lawrence. “I look … Read entire article »

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House Democrats’ Budget Fails Bipartisan Test

House Democrats’ Budget Fails Bipartisan Test

April 15, 2014   Denver –Today, the House Democrats passed the amended state budget bill on a near party-line vote garnering only one Republican vote; the one Republican being traditionally obligated to support as a member of the Joint Budget Committee.   Since the Democrats took the majority, bipartisan support for the budget has plummeted from 64-1 under Republicans in 2012, to 45-18 last year and garnering only one Republican vote this year.   “Democrats passed a budget that is full … Read entire article »

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