Lawmakers To Declare Feb. 4th "Missing Person's Day"

Denver -- Colorado’s General Assembly will recognize February 4th as "Missing Person's Day," through passage of a joint resolution and then, at 11:45 a.m. on the East Steps of the Capitol, a Prayer Vigil followed by a balloon launch honoring and remembering the over 300 still listed as missing in Colorado.

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Bipartisan Calls for Action Follow Release of Claire Davis Report

Denver -- Monday’s release of a sometimes-damning report detailing how Littleton Public Schools officials missed warning signs that might have prevented the 2013 shooting death of Arapahoe High School student Claire Davis not only brought a close to one family’s long, painful struggle to get the truth about what precipitated the murder. The report also includes numerous observations and recommendations that lawmakers and school administrators can use for continuing efforts to bolster public school safety in Colorado.

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Senate GOP Fine Tunes Team Roster as 2016 Session Kicks-Off

Senate Republicans announced a number of important changes to their team roster as the 2016 legislative session kicks-off, filling one vacant seat and fine-tuning committee assignments with an eye toward fielding the strongest team possible.

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Republicans Pay Tribute to Veterans with Senate Bill One

DENVER – As a combat veteran, Colorado State Senator Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) knows all too well the challenges facing his fellow military veterans. That's why the first bill he offered in the 2016 legislative session, SB-001 -- which is also the first bill being introduced by the Senate -- aims at eliminating current caps on how much military retirees are able to deduct from federal taxable income.

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President Cadman's 2016 Opening Day Remarks

Isn’t it great to be back in this beautiful chamber again for the first time? Some of us had a preview of working in here last week when Jack Tate was sworn in as a state senator.   

We all take an oath of office before we are “seated” at these desks.   This is usually after a general election.  I have now taken the oath of office 7 times.  I took a similar oath in the Army, over 30 years ago.

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"Hospital Fee" Shift Unconstitutional, Says Senate President

The best legal minds in the Capitol building, seasoned professional lawyers with the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Legal Services (LLS), definitively determined that the widely sought increase in state spending – by shifting the Hospital Provider Fee off-budget – clearly would violate Colorado’s Constitution. That’s what Senate President Bill Cadman told reporters Wednesday, just a week before the 2016 legislative session begins. 

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2016 Senate Republican Committee Assignments

Today the Senate Republicans released their updated committee assignments for 2016.

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Representative Jack Tate Tapped to Fill Senate Vacancy

There's a new face in the Colorado State Senate as of Saturday, representing District 27 in Arapahoe County, after Representative Jack Tate was selected to fill a vacancy.

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GOP Responds to Court Action on Coffman v. Hickenlooper

State Senator Ellen Roberts (R-Durango) released the following statement today in response to Gov. John Hickenlooper's faltering attempt to undermine the independence of Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. Roberts is a lawyer who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. She is also President Pro-Tem of the Colorado State Senate:

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Lawmakers Urge Hickenlooper to Pause Refugee Program

Denver -- Nearly 40 Colorado lawmakers from both chambers of the legislature have written Gov. John Hickenlooper, asking him to support suspension of Syrian refugee placements in the state. The lawmakers ask that Hickenlooper hold off on new refugee resettlement “until Congress has, by joint resolution, affirmed the adequacy of the vetting process for all refugees.”

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