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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Campus Speech Safeguards Appear Headed For Governor's Desk

DENVER — Colorado’s publicly-funded colleges and universities are about to get a loud and clear message from lawmakers about the importance of protecting free speech on campus, thanks to a bill, authored by Jefferson County Republican Senator Tim Neville, gaining bipartisan momentum as it heads to the Governor’s desk.

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Scott Bill to Support Rural Colorado Gets Unanimous Senate Approval

DENVER—Today, the Senate approved Senator Ray Scott's (R-Grand Junction) bill to encourage economic growth through increased investment in rural Colorado.

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Cooke Bill Combatting Wage Theft Gets Unanimous Committee Approval

Today, the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee unanimously approved a measure carried by Senator John Cooke (R-Greeley) requiring transparency and reporting in cases of wage theft violations.

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Priola Bill to Encourage Competitive Schools Passes Committee

DENVER — Today, the Senate Education Committee passed Senator Kevin Priola's (R-Brighton) Rewarding Excellence with Annual Redirected Dollars (REWARD) Act. 

Senate Bill 17-200 regroups all district legacy public and charter schools as "rural" or "non-rural," and rewards the top 12 performers among peer district cohorts  for competitive growth and achievement. 

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Hill Proposal Looks to the Future

DENVER--Today, the Senate Transportation Committee gave the green light to Senator Owen Hill's (R-Colorado Springs) bill to allow autonomous vehicles in Colorado on a unanimous vote.
Senate Bill 17-213 promotes the use of autonomous vehicles by designating them a statewide concern, laying the groundwork for the development of these self-driving cars in Colorado. 
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Lambert Responds to Daunting but Doable Budget Forecast

Denver -- Joint Budget Committee Chairman Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs) issued the following statement today in response to the state's March 17 economic and revenue forecast: 

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Martinez Humenik Seeks "Glitch"-Free Tech Upgrade at DMV

DENVER — Trips to the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) could become a lot less dread-inducing in the future, after a bill authored by Senator Beth Martinez Humenik (R-Adams County) and Representative ​Dan ​Thurlow (R-Mesa County) cleared a major hurdle at the Statehouse Wednesday.

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Republican Bill to Help Victims to Safety Gets Committee Approval

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

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Senate Republicans Prioritize Colorado Students

DENVER--Today, Senate Republicans prioritized the needs of Colorado families and students and passed Senate Bill 17-061, carried by Senator Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) to provide equity for Colorado charter schools. 

Senate Bill 61 requires that all public schools in Colorado receive an equitable share of per-pupil tax revenue, as well as revenue derived from property taxes.
Under current law, traditional district schools may withhold from charters, in addition to the funding earned through property taxes which traditional district schools are not required to share, 5 percent of per-pupil funding.
Colorado charter schools have experienced a 30 percent increase in enrollment since 2013, and tend to earn higher scores on state assessments than their district peers.
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