Senate Strengthens Penalties on Crimes Against LGBTQ and Disabled Coloradans

DENVER--Today, the Senate passed Senator Don Coram's, R-Montrose, bill expanding the definition of harassment to agree with Colorado's law on bias-motivated crimes. 

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Hearing Highlights Potential of Coal Mine Methane Capture Technology

DENVER -- The latest in a series of Statehouse hearings highlighting Colorado’s vast and diverse energy portfolio on Thursday focused on the huge untapped potential of coal mine methane, a potent “greenhouse gas” that can be captured and resold as natural gas with the help of emerging technology, according to Tom Vessels, President and CEO of Vessels Oil and Gas Company.

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Smallwood Acts to Increase Reporting in Child Abuse or Neglect

DENVER--Today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved Senator Jim Smallwood's (R-Parker) effort to increase reporting in cases of child abuse or neglect.
House Bill 17-1185 adds officials and employees of county departments of health, human, and social services to the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse.
Under current law, mandatory reporters--including but not limited to health care professionals, educators, members of the clergy, firefighters, peace officers, and victim's advocates--are required to report any reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect. A mandatory reporter who willfully fails to report any such abuse or neglect may be found guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor. 
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Crucial Step in Health Care Transparency Signed Into Law

DENVER—Today, the governor signed Senator Kevin Lundberg's (R-Larimer County) Senator Kevin Lundberg's Senate Bill 17-065, taking significant steps to increase transparency in health care costs.

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Neville Free Speech Protection Signed Into law

Denver—Today, Senator Tim Neville's (R-Jefferson County) bill protecting campus free speech was signed into law by the governor, 

Senate bill 17-062 prohibits public colleges from restricting any students first amendment rights to free speech in a public forum unless the restrictions are reasonable, serving significant government purpose, and do not limit freedom of expression. 

Free speech includes speaking, distributing materials, or holding a sign. 

 

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Committee Okays Bill Blocking Black Market Sale of Counterfeit Drugs

Denver—Today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved Senator Bob Gardner's, R-El Paso County, bill assessing a penalty for the sale, possession, adulteration, or interaction with counterfeit or misrepresentation of prescription drugs. 

House Bill 17-1224 authorizes assessment of a penalty ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 for the misrepresentation of black market drugs. 

While current federal law prohibits any sales and distribution of counterfeit drugs, there remain gaps in Colorado statute.

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Senate GOP Effort Defending Victims of Harassment Passes Committee Unanimously

DENVER--Today, the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee passed Senator Don Coram's, R-Montrose, bill expanding the definition of harassment to agree with Colorado's law on bias-motivated crimes. 
Under current law on bias-motivated crimes include actions based on real or perceived national origin, race, color, religion, ancestry, or gender. 
An average of 1 in 3 teens is bullied or harassed, youth with disabilities are 10 times one likely to suffer harassment than a typical student. 

 

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Republican Bill Guaranteeing Women's Health Care Passes Committee

DENVER--Today, the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee passed Senator Don Coram's, R-Montrose, bill guaranteeing Colorado women access to oral contraceptives.
House Bill 17-1186 asks health insurers that are required under current law to provide contraception coverage to extend coverage to provide 12-month's worth of oral contraceptives for a woman with a prescription. 
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Committee Approves Coram Request to Prioritize Firefighter Safety

DENVER--Today, the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee passed without objection Senator Don Coram's (R-Montrose) bill on wildfire prevention. 

 

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Holbert Defends Coloradans' Internet Privacy

Denver—Today, the Senate Finance Committee approved on a 3-2 vote, Senator Chris Holbert's (R-DouglasCounty) bill protecting Colorado consumer's online privacy.

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