Stay in Your Lane: Neville’s Senate Bill 204 Passes Finance Committee

DENVER – In an effort to require legislative approval for any expansion or modification of Regional Transit District’s (RTD) ridership incentive programs, Senator Tim Neville’s (R-Littleton) Senate Bill 204 passed the Finance Committee today. It passed on a 3 to 2, party-line vote.

The bill requires legislative approval before RTD can expend more tax dollars towards discounting tickets for riding on buses and light rail. This oversight will ensure that RTD takes account of where money is being pulled from in order to incentivize ridership and allows elected members of the General Assembly the opportunity to ask questions regarding the programs' viability and execution.

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Fee Be Gone: Late Vehicle Registration Fee Repeal Passed

DENVER – In a 19 to 16 vote, the Colorado State Senate has passed Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton) and Senator Kevin Lundberg’s (R-Bethoud) Senate Bill 196, which repeals the late vehicle registration fee for Coloradans.

“Democrats don’t like the bill because they have less money to play with,” said Senator Lundberg. “Republicans like the bill because it takes the proverbial foot off the neck of Coloradans just a little bit more.”

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President Grantham Responds to Improving Fiscal Forecast

DENVER – Following the highly-anticipated release of the 2018/2019 fiscal forecast and the response by Governor John W. Hickenlooper, Senate President Kevin J. Grantham released the following statement:

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Scott's Select Committee on Energy and the Environment Returns

Denver -- Grand Junction Republican Ray Scott today announced a new round of hearings before the Senate Select Committee on Energy and Environment (SSCEE), which he chairs, touching on issues ranging from natural gas export opportunities to the local budget impacts of severance taxes. 

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Smallwood Medical Transparency Measure Clears Senate

DENVER – Coloradans who visit freestanding emergency rooms soon will have a lot more up-front information about what they’re getting into, if a Jim Smallwood (R-Parker) bill that passed the Senate on a 33-2 vote enjoys similarly bipartisan success in the House.

Smallwood’s Senate Bill-146 improves medical transparency by requiring freestanding emergency rooms to better inform patients about the difference between an emergency room and an urgent care facility, the costs of procedures and what insurance coverage they accept.

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35 to 0: Senate Approves Smallwood’s SB-132 Unanimously

DENVER – Colorado is one step closer to bringing more health insurance options to consumers with the passage of Senate Bill 132 through the State Senate with a unanimous 35 to 0 vote.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Jim Smallwood (R-Parker) requires the Colorado Insurance Commissioner to seek a waiver from the federal government to permit any Coloradan to purchase a “catastrophic health plan,” unlike current laws that only allow those under 30 years of age to make that decision. If passed by the House and signed by the Governor, consumers may save as much as 30 percent in their medical premiums if they choose to enroll in one of these catastrophic health plans.

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Tax Equity for Churches Has Big Government Gang Crying Foul

Denver -- Colorado Senate Democrats on Thursday rebelled against a common sense tax code tweak authored by Littleton Republican Tim Neville, claiming that local governments might wither-up and blow away, for lack of funding, if churches that lease space get the same tax exemption that churches which own facilities do.

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Grantham Calls Guzman Comments "Baffling"

Denver -- Senate President Kevin J. Grantham responded as follows to comments made by Minority Leader Lucia Guzman at a press event earlier today.

 

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Survivor Benefits Bill Signed by Governor

DENVER – This afternoon, Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper signed State Senator Beth Martinez Humenik’s (R-Thornton) Senate Bill 148, which will provide the families of our fallen officers and other state employees with health benefits for up to 12 months as they rebuild their lives and plot a path forward.

Senate Bill 148 was approved on a 35 to 0 vote in the State Senate, while the House voted to approve it on a 63 to 1 (1 excused) vote. Previous to the passage of Senate Bill 148, health benefits for the family expired on the last day of the month the employee passed away.

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Neville Bill Will Give Nursing Students a Shot in the Arm

Denver -- Colorado’s aspiring nurses got a potential shot in the arm Monday, when a bill allowing community colleges for the first time to offer 4-year Bachelor of Science nursing degrees passed the Senate on a 32-3 bipartisan vote.

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