Used Car Sales Tax Exemption Moved Forward Despite Democrat Opposition

DENVER – In an effort to assist Colorado’s working class, Senator Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) authored Senate Bill-77, an exemption of the sales tax for used vehicles in the State of Colorado.

Currently, a vehicle has sales tax applied to it each time it is sold, meaning that the State of Colorado can double, triple, and quadruple dip on the same vehicle. With used vehicles being a common choice for Colorado’s lower and middle class residents, Senator Crowder is in support of this legislation in order to make used vehicles even more accessible to all.

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Republicans Boot-Up Rural Broadband Bill

Denver -- Senate Republicans yesterday took steps to make good on their pledge to help bridge Colorado’s “digital divide” this session, passing Senate Bill-2, a rural broadband expansion measure, through the Senate Business Labor and Technology Committee on bipartisan 7 to 0 vote.  

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Bipartisan Effort to Expand Online Education in Colorado Passes First Test

(DENVER) – In an effort to ensure accessibility to education for all Coloradans, Senate Bill-101 has passed through the Senate Education Committee in a bipartisan, unanimous vote of 7 to 0.

The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Parker), removes the prohibition on first-year, first-time freshman baccalaureate students enrolling at Colorado State University – Global Campus, a four-year, online, higher education program.

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Bid to Return Tax Reform Windfall Advances, Despite Dem Resistance

DENVER – Senate Republicans made progress yesterday on a proposal to refund to Coloradans much of the windfall the state collects as a result of federal tax cuts, via a similar-sized reduction in state income tax rates. Although they adamantly opposed federal tax reforms, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee indicated that they want the state to keep and spend every extra dollar it inadvertently takes in.

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Lundberg’s Vote Trading Ban Passes Committee

DENVER – Yesterday afternoon, Senate Bill-76 cleared the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee in a unanimous vote. The bill, authored by Senator Kevin Lundberg (R- Berthoud), bans the recent phenomenon of “vote trading,” where an individual can “trade” his or her vote with that of another individual, usually in another state, to influence certain elections.
Additionally, the committee decided to add SB-76 to the Senate consent calendar.
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Cooke Bill Takes Aim at Potentially-Deadly “Pranks”

Denver -- A bill boosting criminal penalties against those engaged in potentially-deadly pranks such as “swatting,” in which fake emergencies are reported with the aim of sending police tactical units to an unsuspecting target’s home, passed its first test at the Statehouse today, when Senator John Cooke’s Senate Bill-68 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 5-0 bipartisan vote.

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Bipartisan Alcohol Auction Bill Clears Committee

DENVER – In a unanimous, bipartisan vote, Senate Bill-67 cleared the Senate Business, Labor, & Technology Committee moments ago. Sponsored by both Senators Kevin Priola and Rachel Zenzinger, the bill allows certain nonprofit organizations to auction alcohol in closed containers for certain events.

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Tax Hike-Free Road Fix Gets Early Green Light at the Statehouse

Senate Republicans today put the pedal to the metal on their top legislative priority of the session, moving a tax hike-free road fix through the Senate Transportation Committee on a 3 to 2, party-line vote.   

Republicans believe a $1 billion-plus budget surplus makes this the year to finally put a long-term road fix before voters, minus the need for a tax hike. “This year, for the first time in recent memory, we have the additional funding we need to jump-start work on our massive road maintenance backlog, without the need to ask voters for a tax hike,” Senate President Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) asked in the wake of the vote. “There is enough surplus remaining to address other budget priorities as well, like education. There is simply no reason not to take action now.”

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Senator Neville’s Senate Bill 55, Increasing the Penalty for Trafficking Children, Unanimously Passes Finance Committee

(DENVER) – Today, Senate Bill-55, which increases the penalty for trafficking children, passed the Senate Finance Committee in a unanimous, bipartisan 5-0 vote. The bill’s sponsor is Senator Tim Neville (R-Jefferson County).

“This is an extremely important issue,” said Senator Neville. “Human and child trafficking is not just a local, state, or national issue - it’s a global issue. Senate Bill-55 takes a small step towards strengthening the punishment for those who specifically traffic children. It is my hope that this is just the first of many steps the State of Colorado takes towards combatting human trafficking.”

 

 

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Bill Speeding Eviction for Squatters Clears First Hurdle

(DENVER) – A bill aimed at bolstering the ability of homeowners to evict illegal squatters passed its first test at the Statehouse today, when SB-15 cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line 3-to-2 vote.

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