Neville’s Occupational Licensing Reform Bill Passes Senate

DENVER – In an effort to balance government’s responsibilities of preserving public safety and providing for a free market, Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton) has authored Senate Bill 236, which requires government agencies to both justify their regulations on occupational licensure and to implement the least burdensome restrictions possible.

SB-236 passed the Senate on third reading today with a bipartisan 21 to 14 vote.

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Cooke Bill Will Legalize Sale of FDA-Approved Cannabis Drug

DENVER – As the former Sheriff of Weld County, Greeley Republican State Senator John Cooke was always a skeptic on whether any medically or scientifically valid uses for medical marijuana existed. But recent approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of a cannabis-based drug for treatment of childhood epilepsy not only prompted Cooke to rethink his just-say-no stance, but to author a bill, which passed the Senate Today in bipartisan fashion, that will make it legal for pharmacies to sell the formerly prohibited product in Colorado.   

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Draw the lines and draw ‘em blind!

Grantham’s Redistricting Plan Moves Forward

DENVER – Colorado may have a fairer and more impartial process for drawing legislative and congressional district boundaries after Senate Concurrent Resolutions 4 and 5 passed the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee today on a unanimous 5 to 0 vote.

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Pharmaceutical Transparency Bill Passes the Senate

DENVER - Continuing a trend of working toward more affordable healthcare reforms for Coloradans in 2018, Senator Beth Martinez Humenik (R-Thornton) sponsored HB-1284. The bill provides transparency and affordability in pharmacies.

"When people are able to understand exactly how much they paying for prescriptions and what alternative medications exist, they can make the decision to pay cash or to pay their insurance co-pay," said Senator Martinez Humenik. "This is important to consumers and one of the the many reasons there is bipartisan support for this legislation."

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We Came Here to Slash Taxes and Chew Bubblegum

And we’re all out of bubblegum.

DENVER – This morning, Senate Republicans moved forward with two of their biggest tax-slashing proposals of 2018, in an effort to put more money back in the hands of Coloradans.

Senate Bill 77, sponsored by Senator Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa), removes the sales tax for purchases of used vehicles in Colorado.

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They Deserve a Choice: SB-228 Passes the Senate

DENVER – Senator Owen Hill’s (R-Colorado Springs) education bill to expand school choice in Colorado passed the Senate in third reading today on a 19 to 16 vote.

Under current law, if a parent transfers their child out of their home school district, they must obtain permission from that home district to allow the new district’s buses (or other transportation) to pick up the child. Senate Bill 228 removes this requirement.

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Republicans Fight to Bolster Besieged Checks and Balances

DENVER – Senate Republicans on Wednesday sent a clear signal that Democrats can’t get away with trashing Constitutional principles in their increasingly extreme efforts to “save the planet,” introducing a bill that bars Colorado from participating in a multi-state “climate alliance,” inspired by the Paris Climate Accords, that Gov. John Hickenlooper agreed to participate in.

 

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Scott Bill Will Direct More Pot Tax Revenue Toward Schools

DENVER – Part of what may have sold pot legalization to many voters was a promise that a sizable share of any resulting pot tax revenue would go toward capital improvements in Colorado schools. But because the share of pot revenues going toward schools has remained the same, while state pot tax collections have continued to soar, Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) has co-authored a bill lifting the original $40 million cap on school construction funding.

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Lundberg’s School Choice Tax Credits Bill Passes Senate

DENVER – In an effort to expand educational choices for Colorado’s students, Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud) has introduced Senate Bill 83, which provides a state income tax credit for parents who choose to enroll their students in private school or homeschooling.

“Parents who send their kids to a private school are paying twice for their child’s education as of today,” said Senator Lundberg. “They pay for their child’s public education through their taxes, and then they pay them again out of pocket. The least we can do is provide a tax credit so that we can put the option of private schooling or homeschooling within reach of more Colorado families.”

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Hill’s Military Enrollment Recognition Bill Moves Forward

DENVER – Senate Bill 12 passed the Senate this morning on second reading. The bill amends Colorado’s educational performance indicators to recognize military service as equal to enrollment in postsecondary education.

Previously, SB-12 passed the Senate Education Committee with bipartisan support.

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