Colorado Democrats Push Popular Vote Bill Through Committee, Disenfranchising Colorado Voters

DENVER – This evening, Democrats on the Colorado Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted to advance Senator Mike Foote’s (D-Boulder) SB19-042, which would enroll Colorado in the National Popular Vote Compact, awarding Colorado’s electoral votes to the Presidential candidate who wins the majority of the national popular vote, as opposed to who wins the majority of the vote in Colorado.

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Colorado Senate Republicans Elect Rankin to Joint Budget Committee, Shuffle Other Committees

DENVER – This morning, Senate Republicans held a caucus meeting to accept the resignation of Senator Dennis Hisey (R-Fountain) from the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) to make way for Senator-elect Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale). The vote to elect Senator-elect Rankin to the JBC was unanimous.

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Democrats Say No to Bus Rides and Teacher Bonuses

DENVER – This afternoon, Senate Democrats on the Senate Education Committee voted to move forward with legislation to eliminate transportation options for students living in poverty, alongside voting against providing bonuses for teachers for good performance.

Senate Bill 39, proposed by Democratic Senators Tammy Story and Rachel Zenzinger, reverses legislation from the 2018 session that allows school districts to pick up and drop off students that have transferred from out of their district.

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Senators Cooke & Scott Respond to Governor Polis' Executive Order on Zero-Emission Vehicles

DENVER – In response to Governor Jared Polis’ Executive Order regarding a transition to zero-emission vehicles, Senate Assistant Minority Leader John Cooke (R-Greeley) and Senate Minority Whip Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) issued the following statement:

“Hidden behind the hypothetical promises of job and industry growth in Governor Polis’ Executive Order is the reality of increased vehicle costs, an impacted automotive sales industry, and the diverse geography of our state that differentiates us from most others.

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Minority Leader Chris Holbert's Statement on Governor Polis' Budget Request

DENVER -- Colorado Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Douglas County) released the following statement following today's release of Governor Jared Polis' budget requests:

“While Governor Polis continues to add requirements to what he calls 'free' full-day kindergarten, coercing districts to spend additional revenue on this expensive new program, Senate Republicans continue to call for an even larger sum of money to be directed to our school districts without those strings attached. We've owed them this money for ten years, and it's past time to pay off that debt.

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Colorado Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert’s Response to Governor Jared Polis’ State of the State Address

DENVER - Following Governor Jared Polis' first State of the State address this afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Douglas County) issued the following response:

"Governor Polis’ excitement and energy in keeping Colorado as the best state to raise a family, build a business, and live your life, is worthy of much praise. Senate Republicans are ready and willing to represent our constituents while working with the Governor on many of the issues he outlined in his State of the State address.

We note that Governor Polis, as a Member of Congress for the last decade, is coming from a place where a dollar isn’t a dollar and where balanced budgets haven’t existed for years. In Washington D.C., deficits and debt are commonplace and generally ignored. Here in Colorado, our state legislature must pass a budget, and that budget must be balanced. Deficit spending isn’t even an option under our state constitution. With many of Governor Polis’ progressive policy proposals, it’s important to recognize that each comes with a price tag that must fit within the confines of a balanced budget.

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Colorado Senate Republicans Hire Tim Griesmer as Chief of Staff

DENVER – Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Douglas County) announced the appointment of Tim Griesmer as Chief of Staff of the Colorado Senate Republican Caucus today.

“We are very excited to welcome Tim to the team and are confident in his experience and abilities in leading our staff for this session and beyond,” said Leader Holbert. “Tim is well-respected on both sides of the aisle and comes with a wealth of knowledge from inside the building.”

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2019 Committee Assignments Announced

DENVER - Colorado Senate Republican Minority Leader Chris Holbert announced committee assignments for the first session of the 72nd General Assembly, which is set to begin on Friday, January 4th, 2019.

"I have full confidence in these Republican Senators to represent their constituents well on the issues that matter most to them," said Minority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Douglas County). "I look forward to working with our team to ensure that Colorado government provides the services that our taxpaying customers expect without raising taxes."

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President Grantham's Update on Secretary of the Senate

DENVER - Senate President Kevin J. Grantham issued the following statement regarding the situation surrounding the Secretary of the Senate:

“I am glad to announce that a resolution has been reached in the situation regarding the Secretary of the Senate. Effective today, December 7, Effie Ameen has resigned her post as Secretary of the Colorado State Senate, and an appropriate separation package was arranged in acknowledgment and appreciation for her 17 years spent working hard for the citizens of Colorado.

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President Grantham's Response to Colorado Supreme Court Decision

DENVER - In response to the Colorado Supreme Court's decision to decline Governor Hickenlooper's Interrogatories regarding TABOR and the Gallagher Amendment, Colorado Senate President Kevin J. Grantham provided the following statement:

“The Colorado Supreme Court made the right decision today in recognizing the will of the voters by refusing to legislate from the bench. Governor Hickenlooper’s decision to subvert the will of Colorado voters via the courts with the final breath of his administration has been recognized for what it is: a political stunt. We are proud to stand behind the will of Colorado voters and will continue to do so.”

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