“Travesty of Justice” Prompts Action By Senate Republicans

DENVER - Many Coloradans undoubtedly were shocked and angered last summer when a serial child molester facing 324-years behind bars was set free by an appellate court on a legal technicality. But rather than just brood about the travesty of justice, Senators Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) and Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs) set to work on a bill, moving through the legislature now, that will prevent future injustices by closing the legal loophole that set the molester free.

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Martinez Humenik Blasts Duran-Winter "Roadkill Bill"

Denver -- Senator Beth Martinez Humenik today blasted House Speaker Crisanta Duran and House Transportation Committee Chair Faith Winter for waiting until just a week before session’s end to produce an alternative to Senate Bill-1 that the Thornton Republican called a “byzantine, unworkable, and inadequate response to a mounting $9 billion road maintenance backlog.”

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Campus Safety Will Remain a Priority for Martinez Humenik

DENVER - Colorado State Senator Beth Martinez Humenik, a Republican from Thornton, released the following statement today in response to the failure of House Bill-1391 to pass the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill was aimed at bringing clarity and uniformity to how sexual misconduct cases are handled on Colorado's college campuses.

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Work on Sexual Misconduct Fix Won't Pause Between Sessions

DENVER - Although the sun will set on this legislative session before a major revamp of the General Assembly’s sexual harassment policies is in place, an interim committee approved by leaders today will keep the forward momentum going in the months ahead, by holding hearings and finalizing the list of reform recommendations for lawmakers to consider when they meet again.

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Their Families Are Our Families: SB-247 Passes

DENVER – The families of our fallen officers and firefighters have been at the forefront of policy discussions underneath the golden dome this session, in part due to a string of law enforcement deaths that occurred in late 2017 and early 2018.

“Last year, we had a Colorado State Trooper, Cody Donahue, who passed away while protecting and serving our state,” said Senator Gardner. “He passed away near the end of the month. When his widow, Velma, took their daughter to the doctor just a week later, they found out they no longer had coverage. That’s not right.”

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Calls to Defend Constitution Draw Blank Stares from Democrats

DENVER – After years of watching America’s constitutionally-ordained system of checks and balances under relentless attack at the federal and state level, Senate Republicans made it a priority this session to reassert their prerogatives as members of the legislative branch and shore-up the bulwarks against executive branch power grabs. 

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Neville’s Occupational Licensing Reform Bill Passes Senate

DENVER – In an effort to balance government’s responsibilities of preserving public safety and providing for a free market, Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton) has authored Senate Bill 236, which requires government agencies to both justify their regulations on occupational licensure and to implement the least burdensome restrictions possible.

SB-236 passed the Senate on third reading today with a bipartisan 21 to 14 vote.

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Cooke Bill Will Legalize Sale of FDA-Approved Cannabis Drug

DENVER – As the former Sheriff of Weld County, Greeley Republican State Senator John Cooke was always a skeptic on whether any medically or scientifically valid uses for medical marijuana existed. But recent approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of a cannabis-based drug for treatment of childhood epilepsy not only prompted Cooke to rethink his just-say-no stance, but to author a bill, which passed the Senate Today in bipartisan fashion, that will make it legal for pharmacies to sell the formerly prohibited product in Colorado.   

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Draw the lines and draw ‘em blind!

Grantham’s Redistricting Plan Moves Forward

DENVER – Colorado may have a fairer and more impartial process for drawing legislative and congressional district boundaries after Senate Concurrent Resolutions 4 and 5 passed the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee today on a unanimous 5 to 0 vote.

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Pharmaceutical Transparency Bill Passes the Senate

DENVER - Continuing a trend of working toward more affordable healthcare reforms for Coloradans in 2018, Senator Beth Martinez Humenik (R-Thornton) sponsored HB-1284. The bill provides transparency and affordability in pharmacies.

"When people are able to understand exactly how much they paying for prescriptions and what alternative medications exist, they can make the decision to pay cash or to pay their insurance co-pay," said Senator Martinez Humenik. "This is important to consumers and one of the the many reasons there is bipartisan support for this legislation."

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