A Fix for Colorado Transportation

DENVER — In a breakthrough achieved after months of negotiations, Speaker Crisanta Duran and Senate President Kevin Grantham introduced a bill this afternoon to address the state’s immediate and long-range transportation needs, give city and county governments a boost for local transportation priorities and ensure that more Coloradans across the state have access to transportation options.

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Committee Approves Bill Clarifying Good Time Statutes

Denver – Today, Majority Whip John Cooke’s (R-Greeley) bill to clarify and consolidate good times procedure for county jail inmates passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

 Currently, a patchwork of policies and statutes govern procedures on time earned and good time for county jail inmates. This often leads to confusion for inmates, families, and County Sheriffs. 

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Senate Passes Marijuana Bills with Joint Approval

DENVER--Today, the Senate passed several Republican bills to address issues with marijuana policy, increase public safety, and create workforce pathways. 

 
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Priola Bill to Remove Barriers for Child Care Professionals Passes Senate

DENVER — Today, the Senate unanimously passed Senator Kevin Priola's (R-Brighton) bill to remove barriers to employment for child care professionals.

House Bill 17-1135 allows child care workers to carry their approved finger-print based criminal background check across Colorado. 

HB 1135 reduces barriers to employment, allows more highly-qualified child care workers to quickly receive credentials to resume taking care of Colorado kids, and lowers the cost of child care for middle class families.

 

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Gardner Bills to Clarify Court Procedures Pass Committee

Denver -- Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senator Bob Gardner's (R-El Paso County) bills to clarify court procedures, increase access, and ensure that courts continue to act in good faith.

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Bill to Crack Down on Human Trafficking Moves to Governor

DENVER — Today, the Senate unanimously approved Senator Kevin Priola's to strengthen law enforcement tools against human trafficking.

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Priola Bill Will Expand Opportunities for Skilled Tradespersons

DENVER —  In an effort to create jobs and expand opportunity, by removing unreasonable barriers to entry for those who want to install fire-suppression systems, Colorado’s Senate today passed a bill authored by Senator Kevin Priola (R-Brighton) that brings sprinkler tech apprenticeship standards into alignment with those required for journeyman plumbers, from the current 8,000 hours to 6,800 hours.

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Tate Bill Protects Small Business From Big Problems

DENVER —  In a move that should be music to the ears of businesses that pay for professional music services, State Senator Jack Tate (R-Centennial) is taking steps at the Statehouse to help protect them against shakedown attempts by organizations or individuals threatening to sue them over alleged copyright violations.

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Heavily-Amended Open Records Update Passes First Test

Denver -- After several delays and a good bit of controversy, the Senate State Affairs Committee today gave bipartisan backing to an open records modernization bill, SB-40, aimed at bringing the law into the digital age.

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Priola Bill to Strengthen Law Enforcement Tools in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

DENVER — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Senator Kevin Priola's House Bill 17-1040 to allow interception of the communications of human traffickers.

Under current law, law enforcement officials can use various methods of communications interception when probable cause exists to believe that evidence of first degree murder, kidnapping, gambling, robbery, or bribery will be obtained. 

HB 1040 expands current law to allow communications interception with probable cause of human trafficking exists. 

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