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Representative Amy Stephens issues statement on Black Forest horse neglect case

Representative Amy Stephens issues statement on Black Forest horse neglect case

September 25, 2014 Denver – Last week, a concerned neighbor in the Black Forest area reported a horse ranch with nearly a dozen horses and llamas suffering severe neglect and malnourishment. On Monday, the El Paso Sheriff’s Office reported the animals have been seized from the property and the owners will face animal cruelty charges. El Paso County Sheriff’s Office discovered over 10 carcasses of dead horses. The dozen horses and llamas rescued are at an … Read entire article »

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House Republicans’ comments on the new budget forecasts

House Republicans’ comments on the new budget forecasts

Denver – Today, the Colorado Legislative Council and Office of State Planning and Budgeting released their September revenue forecasts to the Joint Budget Committee showing increases in state revenue. However, while the forecasts showed Colorado’s overall economy improving, the economy in many regions outside the Front Range remains sluggish.   House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) released the following statement concerning the forecasts:   “It’s encouraging to see Colorado’s economy improve, but we can’t let improvements in Denver and … Read entire article »

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House Reps. react to Hickenlooper’s comment that more oil & gas regulation is crucial

House Reps. react to Hickenlooper’s comment that more oil & gas regulation is crucial

08/08/2014 Denver – On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that at the annual Energy Expedition Summit in Denver, Governor Hickenlooper stated, “[the oil and gas commission’s] success is dependent upon it ending in regulation.” Governor Hickenlooper established the commission to study and make recommendations regarding hydraulic fracturing in Colorado in exchange for having the two pro and two anti-industry initiatives pulled from the November ballot.   Today, House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) and Representative Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale), … Read entire article »

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ICYMI: Channel 7 News reported loophole in school violence reporting, interviewed Rep. Lawrence following her stakeholder meeting on Monday

ICYMI: Channel 7 News reported loophole in school violence reporting, interviewed Rep. Lawrence following her stakeholder meeting on Monday

Denver – On Tuesday night, Channel 7 news reported that despite the tragic school shooting at Arapahoe High School last December, the school did not disclose the incident on the Colorado Department of Education  school violence report. The Channel 7 report included an interview with Representative Polly Lawrence (R-Littleton), who on Monday, held the first of a series of stakeholder meetings to discuss school violence reporting requirements in Colorado.   Keli Rabon of Channel 7 News reports: On … Read entire article »

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Bill giving disaster relief workers tax exemption takes effect

Bill giving disaster relief workers tax exemption takes effect

08/05/2014 DENVER – Tomorrow, Representatives Dan Nordberg (R-Colorado Springs) and Lori Saine’s (R-Firestone) House Bill 1003, which exempts out-of-state disaster relief workers from the Colorado state income tax, will go into effect.   “Over the past couple years, Colorado has witnessed some of the worst fire and flood natural disasters in state history and we needed outside help,” said Nordberg. “This bill allows us to, not only show our state’s appreciation, but also provide fair and appropriate compensation … Read entire article »

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Rep. DelGrosso’s bill preventing online lottery ticket sales goes into effect

Rep. DelGrosso’s bill preventing online lottery ticket sales goes into effect

08/05/2014 Denver – Tomorrow, House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso’s (R-Loveland) bill, House Bill 1142, prohibiting the Department of Revenue from selling Colorado lottery tickets online, will go into effect. After Democrats repeatedly delayed a final floor vote, House Bill 1142 passed out of the House on a 51-13 vote and out of the Senate unanimously.   “A government run program to sell lottery tickets online will hurt small businesses in Colorado and creates a risk that underage people … Read entire article »

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Republican law assisting deployed veterans goes into effect

Republican law assisting deployed veterans goes into effect

08/05/2014 Denver – Tomorrow, Senate Bill 075, sponsored in the House by Representative Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling), will go into effect. The new law will exempt members of the military that are deployed overseas from paying certain motor vehicle registration fees. “Our service members that are deployed overseas should not have to pay registration fees on vehicles they cannot drive here at home,” said Sonnenberg. “This new law will provide a well-deserved break to the brave men and … Read entire article »

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Damaging Democrat bills begin to hammer Coloradans this week

Damaging Democrat bills begin to hammer Coloradans this week

08/04/2014 Denver – Beginning Wednesday, Coloradans will see a new fee implemented on paint products and a new mandate that determines what plumbing fixtures Coloradans can use go into effect. Despite both Senate Bills 029 and 103 receiving only one Republican vote in the legislature, Governor Hickenlooper supported both measures, signing them into law earlier this year. Though Republicans highlighted that most consumers already recycle paint, Senate Bill 029 will impose more than $13 million in fees … Read entire article »

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Two Republican public safety laws to go into effect this week

Two Republican public safety laws to go into effect this week

08/04/2014 Denver – On Wednesday, two Republican sponsored public safety bills, House Bill 1037 and Senate Bill 176, both signed into law earlier this year, will go into effect in Colorado. House Bill 1037, sponsored by Representative Lois Landgraf (R-Fountain) will subject vendors selling synthetic cannabinoids, frequently referred to as Spice, to fines and civil liability regardless of warnings on the packaging and Senate Bill 176, sponsored in the House by Representative Carole Murray (R-Castle Rock), … Read entire article »

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Laws establishing a new shooting facility and hydroelectric incentives go into effect

Laws establishing a new shooting facility and hydroelectric incentives go into effect

08/04/2014 Denver – On Wednesday, Representative Don Coram (R-Montrose) will have two bills go into effect. House Bill 1030 will speed up the development of small hydroelectric projects by requiring the Colorado Energy Office to coordinate the state review and federal licensing processes. “This new law will streamline the process for hydroelectric facilities and help Colorado remain a leader in hydropower,” said Coram. “New hydroelectric facilities will bring much needed jobs to struggling areas as well as … Read entire article »

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