Senate Leaders Explain Opposition to Energy Office Funding Request

Denver— Senate President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Cañon City) and Assistant Majority Leader Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) today released the following statements in response to the Joint Budget Committee's rejection, on a vote of 3-3, of the governor's supplemental funding request for the Colorado Energy Office. 

 

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Grantham Lauds Ruling That May Help with Attainable Housing

Denver — Monday’s ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court on an esoteric but important element of construction defect law won praise from Senate President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Canon City), who, along with the rest of the Republican Caucus, has for years been fighting to clear away the legal barriers that discourage the building of affordable multi-unit housing across Colorado.

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Grantham Remembers our Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

Denver—Today, President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Canon City)  issued the following statement commemorating Memorial Day:

"Sacrifice lays the framework on which our country is built. This Memorial Day, I encourage all Coloradans to remember the incredible sacrifices that formed our nation, our state, and our communities. Our brave men and women in uniform place country above all. Far too many make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety of our families, the security of our homes, and the perseverance of our shared vision for our future. While we enjoy our moments with loved ones this weekend, join me in expressing our undying gratitude for those service men and women who give their all for our freedom."

The Senate Republican caucus wishes everyone a safe and respectful Memorial Day.

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Grantham Applauds Signing of Budget Bill

Denver—Today, President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Canon City) joined Majority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Douglas County), Chairman of the Joint Budget Committee Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs), and Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud) for the signing of Senate Bill 17-254, the Long Bill.

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Grantham Announces Major Staff Change

Senate President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Canon City) issued the following statement today concerning the departure of former Chief of Staff Jesse Mallory:

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Reform Comes to Behavioral Crisis Systems

 DENVER—Today, Senator John Cooke’s (R-Greeley) bill to strengthen and increase support for the Colorado behavioral health crisis system  was signed into law by the governor. 

 

Senate Bill 17-207 will finally end the practice of holding individuals having mental health crises in jails. 

In 2016, a similar bill aimed to limit the use of 72-hour mental health holds passed both chambers with broad bipartisan support, but was vetoed by the governor.

 

SB 207 reforms and improves our current crisis system by strengthening the standards, resources, and preparedness of walk-in centers. It also recognizes the obligation of Colorado health facilities to stabilize any person experiencing a mental health crisis, and expands capabilities of mobile response units. 

 

Current state law allows health facilities that have reached bed capacity to turn away individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Procedure requires local law enforcement to then detain those individuals for the duration of their mental health crisis.

SB 207 ensures that we will no longer carry out the psychologically damaging process of holding individuals with mental health issues in jails.

With more health crisis centers and resources available, patients will be able to get the care they need in proper facilities, without placing an undue burden upon law enforcement who often lack the resources to adequately accommodate these mental health concerns. 

 

This bill is a huge step toward removing the stigma associated with mental health crises,” said Cooke. “We want people to know that a crisis is not a crime, and that they can get the help they need in times of emergency. Reliving pressure on law enforcement and guaranteeing every Coloradan that we will not turn our backs on them in their darkest moments when they need our help the most will help ensure that all of our communities our stronger and safer.

 

The bill takes effect on August 9, 2017.

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Small Business Employees Get Helping Hand from Tate

 

Denver—Today, the governor signed Senator Jack Tate's (R-Centennial) bill creating a pathway to lasting wealth for struggling Coloradans. 

House Bill 17-1214 provides a unique, commonsense path to small business ownership and longterm prosperity by promoting increased employee participation and ownership. 

While many small businesses are forced to close their doors for various circumstances, employee owned businesses are 25 percent more likely to stay in business, with their employees accruing roughly double the retirement savings of their peers. 

Employee owned businesses tend to see greater job growth, faster overall growth, and lower rates of lay-offs and severance. 

"Struggling and low-income communities may find that this approach solves many of their unique challenges like accessing capital, small business ownership transitions, and overcoming barriers to job entry," said Tate. "By providing a mechanism for more Coloradans, regardless of background, to take ownership of their future, we can help more folks access a pathway to a more prosperous economic future." 

The bill takes effect September 1, 2017.

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Grantham Responds to Decision Not to Call Special Session

DENVER -- Senate President Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) released the following statement today in response to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision not to call a special session:

 

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Grantham to Meet With the Press at 3:30 pm Today

DENVER -- Senate President Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) will be available in his office at 3:30 PM today -- or immediately following the Governor's expected announcement concerning a special session -- to respond to that announcement. 

Please direct any media inquiries to Sean Paige at 719-337-0355.

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Hill Leads Charge for Better School Funding

DENVER--Today, the Senate passed Senate Bill 296, the School Finance Act, carried by Senator Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs), on a bipartisan vote with 10 Democrats joining Republicans to support Colorado students.
The General Assembly is constitutionally required to fund public, K-12 education in Colorado.
The School Finance Act in its current form, sets school funding to the budget that passed the Senate on March 30. The bill increases per pupil funding for Colorado schools from $6,367.90 to $6,546.20, providing more resources for kids and teachers in classrooms across the state.
The proposal sets the base for total program funding for all Colorado K-12 schools at $6,585,800,182.

 

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