Senate Majority Holds Colorado's ObamaCare Exchange Accountable

DENVER, Colo. - Colorado's new Republican senate majority passed two bills out of the Senate today to increase scrutiny of executive bonuses at Colorado's ObamaCare exchange and require a performance audit of the struggling organization. 

"On opening day of the 70th General Assembly, I committed to the people of Colorado that we would take responsibility for the endless trail of failing government programs with questionable results and poor accountability," said Senate President Bill Cadman. "If we are complacent to keep broken bureaucracies, then we are complicit in their failures.” 

SB15-019 sponsored by Senator Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) passed out of the Senate on a unanimous 35-0 vote and will now be sent to the House. The bill would grant the state auditor the authority to conduct a performance review of Colorado's ObamaCare exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. A similar effort was blocked by Senate Democrats last year despite broad bipartisan support and a recent limited audit performed by the state found glaring examples of mismanagement

SB15-052 sponsored by Sen. Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) passed out of the Senate on a bipartisan 24-11 vote. The bill would require any bonus for executives at Connect for Health Colorado to be approved by the Legislative Health Benefit Exchange Implementation Review Committee. 

Colorado's ObamaCare exchange has received bipartisan criticism for its mismanagement and poor business practices. In fact, an investigative report conducted by 9 News recently revealed that more and more Coloradans are being left uninsured due to a glitch on the exchange's website. 

The organization was also recently the subject of a 'scathing' limited audit performed by the Colorado Office of the State Auditor and has been widely criticized for its spending practices

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Lambert Bill to Prohibit Discrimination in Higher Education Funding Passes Committee

DENVER, Colo. - Senator Kent Lambert issued the following statement today after his bill to prohibit discrimination in higher education funding passed the Senate Education Committee on a bipartisan 9-0 vote.

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Senate GOP Commends Task Force Recommendation to Reduce Standardized Testing Burden

DENVER, Colo. - After more than a year of research and community outreach, Colorado's Standards and Assessment Task Force presented its findings and recommendations to the Joint Education Committee this morning.

Colorado's Standards and Assessment Task Force was created last year as a result of HB14-1202, sponsored by Senator Mark Scheffel and Representative Ray Scott. The task force was responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of state mandated standardized testing in Colorado and reporting back to legislature with recommendations.

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Neville Bill to Repeal Late Vehicle Registration Fee Passes Committee

DENVER, Colo. - A bill sponsored by Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton) to repeal the late vehicle registration fee passed the Senate Transportation Committee today on a 3-2 vote. 

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More Coloradans left uninsured by glitch

DENVER - More people are learning they've fallen victim to a glitch in Colorado's official health insurance exchange, which caused people to begin the year with no health coverage instead of having their plans renewed automatically.

As 9NEWS first reported Friday, the Connect for Health Colorado website had a design flaw which canceled plan renewals if customers browsed other plan options while logged into their accounts on the exchange.

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Bill Aiming To Decriminalize Truancy Gets Bipartisan Support

A state lawmaker says it’s time Colorado stopped jailing children for skipping school. Sen. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, is introducing legislation aimed at decriminalizing truancy.

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ObamaCare Accountability Bills Pass Committee

DENVER, Colo. - Two bills aimed at holding Colorado's ObamaCare exchange accountable passed out of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee today. 

SB15-019 sponsored by Senator Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) and Sen. Jahn (D-Wheat Ridge) passed out of committee on a 5-0 bipartisan vote and would grant the state auditor the authority to conduct a performance review of Colorado's ObamaCare exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. A similar effort was blocked by Senate Democrats last year despite broad bipartisan support and a recent limited audit performed by the state found glaring examples of mismanagement.

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Colorado lawmakers look to ban asset seizures without convictions

A freshman Colorado state senator wants to stop police from seizing assets unless the owner is convicted of a crime.

“Guilty people will lose the fruits of their crimes, but innocent people will get their assets back,” said bill sponsor Sen. Laura Woods, R-Arvada.

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In first bill, Senate president pushes for larger tax refunds for some

The newly elected state Senate president is using his first bill to shift how TABOR refunds are issued, diverting more money to middle-class earners and drawing praise from unlikely quarters.

 

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Senate President Bill Cadman: Nothing without providence

To no one’s surprise, Senate President Bill Cadman stressed the importance of developing relationships when he delivered his opening day remarks on the first day of the 2015 Colorado legislature. It’s a theme he has hammered during his 14 years in the legislature.

 

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