Senate Republicans Energize Energy Office & Reinforce Coloradans Property Rights

DENVER – In front of the Colorado Energy Office this morning, Governor Hickenlooper signed two important pieces of energy legislation, both priorities from the Senate Republicans during the 2018 session.

Senate Bill 3, authored by Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction), breathes new life into the Colorado Energy Office by establishing a “all-of-the-above” energy policy, encouraging incentives, and programs that bolster the entire Colorado energy sector.

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Republicans Followed a Long and Winding Road to Success

LOVELAND - It was a long uphill climb to get there, literally and figuratively, but none of the Senate Republicans who gathered in Loveland Thursday, to see their highest priority bill of the 2018 session signed into law, were complaining about it. Senate Bill-1 will put a tax hike-free road fix before voters next year, if they fail to approve several other road-related proposals expected to be on the ballot this fall.  

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Grantham Names Workplace Study Committee Members

DENVER - Senate President Kevin J. Grantham on Tuesday selected two highly respected colleagues to serve on an interim committee tasked with continuing an ongoing review of workplace harassment policies and procedures at the Statehouse, with an eye toward reviewing and refining reform recommendations for lawmakers to approve when they meet again in January.

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President Grantham’s Memorial Day 2018 Reflections

From within the confines of our homes, the comfort of our cul-de-sacs, and the consistency of our daily lives, the sacrifices made for our freedom seem abstract and obscure. Whilst the battles have spared our mainland for generations, Arlington still wastes little space with its growth.

For the Soldier, the Sailor, the Airman, the Marine, and the Guardsman, those battles have been very real. May the pain they endured for a cause greater than themselves not be in vain.

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Governor to sign Martinez Humenik bill expanding Child Care Tax Credit for Colorado families

This afternoon, Governor John Hickenlooper is scheduled to sign HB18-1208, sponsored by Senator Beth Martinez Humenik of Adams County, which will expand the amount of state tax credit that families may claim for child care expenses.

“This bill expands the ability of thousands of Colorado working families and single parents to afford child care, which is very expensive. It is also a refundable tax credit for those who qualify,” said Martinez Humenik.

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Crowder Seeks Tighter School Security in Wake of Shooting

DENVER -- Senator Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) released the following statement in response to Friday's tragic school shooting in Texas.

 

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Martinez Humenik Leads On Suicide Prevention

Denver -- Although this legislative session saw numerous bills introduced at the Statehouse dealing with mental or behavioral health issues, most fell by the wayside over philosophical disagreements or fiscal concerns. But one teen suicide prevention bill by Thornton Republican Beth Martinez Humenik, Senate Bill-272, actually won enough bipartisan support to beat the odds. It will become law once Governor Hickenlooper signs on the dotted line.

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Lawmakers Generously Fund Public Schools

DENVER - Colorado public schools will see record amounts of money flowing their way next year, following Tuesday’s bipartisan approval by the Colorado Senate of a School Finance Act (House Bill-1379) that includes significant across-the-board funding increases, on every metric from total dollars spent to per-pupil allocations to districts.

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Martinez Humenik Disappointed by the Defeat of SB-278

DENVER - Senator Beth Martinez Humenik (R-Thornton) made the following comments this evening after the defeat of Senate Bill 278, which would have toughened criminal penalties on those who assault peace officers, firefighters or EMS/EMTs.

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Neville Bill Will Help Bridge Mental Health Gap

DENVER - Coloradans who are taken into police custody in the midst of a mental health or substance abuse crisis, often also find themselves released from custody with nowhere to go for the ongoing help they need in order to prevent the crisis from recurring. That soon could change, however, if a bipartisan mental health support bill making its way through the Statehouse ends up on the Governor’s desk.

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