Tate Leads on Career Opportunity Development

Denver -- Lawmakers obviously hear a crying need from industry for a better educated and trained workforce in Colorado, judging from the number of career development bills that moved though the Statehouse this session. Coming from a strong technical and business background, Republican Senator Jack Tate (R-Centennial) has quickly established a reputation for leadership on the issue by backing bills like House Bill 1288, which was signed into law Friday by Gov. Hickenlooper.

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2016 End of Session Report

Read the 2016 End of Session Report for your Colorado Senate Republicans. 

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Senate Leaders Made School Safety a Top Priority

Denver -- Senate Majority Leader Mark Scheffel (R-Parker) has led the way on a number of major reforms during a distinguished tenure at the Statehouse, on everything from tax policy to telecom to affordable housing. But a major focus of Scheffel's final two sessions, working in close partnership with Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs), was on ensuring that Colorado public schools become safer places to learn, teach and work.

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Grantham and Wilson Unite Leaders Against “Gitmo Colorado”

Denver -- Many were stunned this legislative session when a committee in the Democrat-controlled House summarily killed a bipartisan Senate Joint Resolution 11, sponsored by state Senator Grantham (R-Canon City) and Representative Jim Wilson (R-Salida), voicing concerns about the rumored transfer to Colorado of alleged terrorists long held in Cuba.

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Scott’s DMV Innovation Bill Becomes Law

Grand Junction, Colo. -- Gov. John Hickenlooper stopped by the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Grand Junction Monday to sign a bill, authored and pushed through the Statehouse by Republican State Senator Ray Scott, aimed at improving DMV's notoriously slow service through the use of innovative technology and new service delivery models.

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Scott’s DMV Innovation Bill to be Signed by Governor Today

Denver -- Senator Ray Scott will join Gov. John Hickenlooper in Grand Junction today to sign Scott's Senate Bill 138, which aims at exploring innovative ways to deliver Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) services more quickly and efficiently, including at automated kiosks where license plates can be renewed.

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Republican Senators Condemn "Absurd" Federal Bathroom Edict

Denver -- Colorado Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud) today said Colorado should simply ignore today’s "Letter of Guidance" to all schools and colleges from the US Department of Education saying that schools must give transgender students equal access to the restroom of their choice.

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Work on Election Issue to Continue Post-Session

Denver -- The demise of two presidential primary bills late in the 2016 session didn't signal the end but the beginning of a statewide debate about the future look of Colorado elections, according to a group of Senate Republicans who have formed a working group to keep the dialogue going between sessions.

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Cadman Statement on Hospital Provider Fee Vote

Denver -- Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) released the following statement today in response to the Senate Finance Committee's voting down of HB-1420, the proposed enterprising of the hospital provider fee:

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Roberts Keeps Wildfire Prevention on Front Burner

Denver -- Colorado wildfires haven't been making as much news in recent years, much to the state's good fortune, but the calm also may be breeding complacency in certain quarters, given how little attention the continuing threat received at the Statehouse this session. 

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