Statement from Leader Holbert on Preliminary Injunction

DENVER -- Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert released the following statement in response to the recent ruling by Judge Goldberg granting a preliminary injunction:

“We thank Judge Goldberg for his expeditious and informed decision in defense of the Colorado Constitution. We sincerely hope that this marks a new beginning for discourse with Senate President Garcia. He is a good man and a thoughtful leader.

We’ve heard from constituents - from Pueblo to Greeley and from Sterling to Montrose - who are disappointed in the hasty speed in which legislation has been driven through the process, and Colorado’s Republican Senators will continue to be their voice and utilize our Constitutionally-derived powers to ensure those voices are heard loud and clear.”

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Senator Scott to Host CDOT Executive Director in Grand Junction (Public Events)

GRAND JUNCTION – Today and tomorrow, Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) will host the Colorado Department of Transportation’s new Executive Director, Shoshana M. Lew, for public events in Grand Junction to discuss the future of transportation in Colorado.

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All Talk, No Action: Democrats Shoot Down Another Proposal on Education Funding

DENVER – Democrats on the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee in the Colorado Senate shot down Senator Jerry Sonnenberg’s (R-Sterling) Senate Concurrent Resolution 19-001 in a party-line vote this afternoon. SCR19-001 would have placed an amendment on the 2020 ballot that would have allowed the General Assembly to re-allocate funds currently set aside for Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and place them into the education fund.

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Small Businesses Face a Big Hurdle, but Democrats Kill the Happy Medium

DENVER – This afternoon, Senate Democrats killed Senator Rob Woodward’s (R-Loveland) Senate Bill 19-131, which would have simplified and reduced sales tax remittances for small business owners. The bill exempts Colorado businesses that sell less than $100,000 worth of goods in any sales tax jurisdiction (outside of their own) from having to collect those taxes, an issue that arises when a small business has to collect dozens of different rates in different areas for small amounts.

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Senator Cooke Issues Response to Killing of Senate Bill 53

DENVER – This afternoon, Senate Democrats killed Senate Bill 19-053, Assistant Minority Leader John Cooke’s (R-Greeley) legislation to ban the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission from implementing California emissions standards – or any other standards that exceed those issued by the federal government.

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Senator Sonnenberg Introduces Ballot Measure to Fund Schools

DENVER – This afternoon, Senator Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) introduced a resolution to place a ballot measure on the 2020 ballot to allow the General Assembly to transfer lottery proceeds from Greater Outdoors Colorado fund to the state’s education fund.

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Democrats Kill Legislation to Give Teachers Tax Relief

DENVER – Senate Democrats killed Senator Owen Hill’s (R-Colorado Springs) Senate Bill 19-060, which would have increased the tax credit for educators who purchase supplies for their classrooms – from $250 to $750.

The legislation, which was supported by the Colorado Education Association, had a tumultuous journey as Senate Democrats refused to hear testimony during its first-scheduled committee hearing on January 31st. Teachers who arrived to testify in favor of the legislation were turned away, only to be unable to attend a second-scheduled hearing during the school day.

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Senator Cooke Responds to CADA Lawsuit

DENVER - This morning, Senator John Cooke (R-Greeley) responded to the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association lawsuit regarding Colorado's adoption of California low-emission vehicle standards.

"I strongly support the lawsuit filed this week by the 260 members of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association on behalf of their customers, their employees, and Colorado taxpayers.

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Senate Democrats Buck Polis, Kill Effort to Lower Taxes

DENVER – This afternoon, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee killed Senator Jerry Sonnenberg’s (R-Sterling) Senate Bill 19-055, which would lower Colorado’s income tax rate from 4.63% to 4.49%.

“I believe that Coloradans can spend that money better than the State of Colorado can,” said Senator Sonnenberg. “Apparently, Democrats on the Finance committee do not agree with that sentiment.”

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Change of Heart: Safe Haven Education Bill Moves Forward

Photo: Linda Prudhomme, Executive Director of Colorado Safe Haven for Newborns, testifies to the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on January 16th, 2018 in favor of Senate Bill 19-025.

DENVER – Just a week after Senate Democrats “played games with a life-saving bill,” according to a Gazette Editorial, it seems that hearts have changed. Senate Bill 19-025, Senator Jim Smallwood’s (R-Parker) bill to ensure the teaching of the Safe Haven law in Colorado schools passed through the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee last night in a unanimous vote – and it won’t be contingent on any other legislation.

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