Bill to Hash out MJ Grey Market Passes Senate

Denver—Today, the Senate approved Senator Bob Gardner's (R-El Paso County) proposal to curb Colorado's grey market marijuana grows. 

House Bill 17-1220 sets a limit for the number of marijuana plants a medical marijuana patient or caregiver may raise in a residential area. 

Current law allows a local government to establish a per resident limit for the amount of marijuana plants grown in a home. This unenforceable policy has spurred the growth of cartels and unlawful grows in Colorado's suburban and residential neighborhoods.

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Wage Theft Transparency Gets Unanimous Consent in Senate

DENVER — Today, the Senate unanimously approved another of Senator John Cooke's (R-Greeley) bills. House Bill 17-1021 requiring transparency and reporting in cases of wage theft violations.

House Bill 17-1021 clarifies current law, establishing data on wage theft violations as public information and requiring the Division of Labor to release any findings upon request, regardless of proprietary information.

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Governor's Climate Comments Draw Heat from Ray Scott

DENVER — Colorado State Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction), who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Energy and Environment, released the following statement today in response Gov. John Hickenlooper's continued support for former President Barack Obama's now-defunct Clean Power Plan:

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Senate Sends Marble Bill Protecting Good Samaritans to Governor

Denver—Today, the Senate unanimously approved Senator Vicki Marble’s (R-Fort Collins) bill granting immunity to good Samaritans who perform an emergency rescue for an animal or a person locked inside a vehicle.

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Senate Approves Bill to Helping Domestic Violence Victims

DENVER — Today, the Senate unanimously approved Senator John Cooke's (R-Greeley) legislation to provide victims of stalking, sex assault, and domestic violence a path to safety.

House Bill 17-1035 allows the victims of stalking, sex assault, and domestic violence to break their residential lease without penalty if they no longer feel safe. 

Current law does not provide any recourse for these victims to safely exit a dangerous living situation without threat of legal action or monetary repercussions.

HB 1035 asks victims to produce a police report, restraining order, or letter from a medical professional attesting to the crime in order to create a pathway to safety for victims.

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Lundberg Proposal to Tackle Substance Abuse Approved by Senate

DENVER—Today, the Senate passed Senator Kevin Lundberg's (R-Larimer County) bill taking steps to treat and prevent substance abuse.

Senate Bill 17-193 creates the center for research into prevention  strategies for, and treatment of, abuse of and addiction to opioids, other controlled substances, and alcohol at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. 

In 2016, 442 Coloradans died from opioid related overdoses, 30 fewer than 2015. That number dwarfs the 56 homicide related fatalities in the same year.

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Proposal Supporting Colorado Renters Gets Committee Cosign

DENVER — Today, the Senate Committee on Local Government approved on a unanimous vote Senator Kevin Priola's (R-Brighton) bill strengthening renters rights in Colorado. 

Under current law, a residential lease for under six months may be terminated, or rent may be raised with seven days notice. Senate Bill 17-245 extends that period to 21 days.

 

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Grantham Bill to Prioritize 21st Century Classrooms Gets Bipartisan Approval

DENVER -- Today, the Senate Education Committee passed President Kevin J. Grantham's (R-Canon City) proposal to ensure Colorado kids are receiving a 21st century education on a unanimous vote.

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Bill Defending Constitutional Rights Passes Senate

DENVER--Today, the Senate passed another of Senator Tim Neville's (R-Jefferson County) bills to strengthen and defend our constitutional rights.  

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Marble Bill to Protect the Vulnerable Gets Unanimous Committee Approval

Denver -- Today, the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee unanimously passed Senator Vicki Marble’s (R-Fort Collins) bill granting immunity to good Samaritans who perform an emergency rescue for an animal or a person in a locked vehicle.

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