Crucial Step in Health Care Transparency Signed Into Law

DENVER—Today, the governor signed Senator Kevin Lundberg's (R-Larimer County) Senator Kevin Lundberg's Senate Bill 17-065, taking significant steps to increase transparency in health care costs.

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Neville Free Speech Protection Signed Into law

Denver—Today, Senator Tim Neville's (R-Jefferson County) bill protecting campus free speech was signed into law by the governor, 

Senate bill 17-062 prohibits public colleges from restricting any students first amendment rights to free speech in a public forum unless the restrictions are reasonable, serving significant government purpose, and do not limit freedom of expression. 

Free speech includes speaking, distributing materials, or holding a sign. 

 

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Committee Okays Bill Blocking Black Market Sale of Counterfeit Drugs

Denver—Today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved Senator Bob Gardner's, R-El Paso County, bill assessing a penalty for the sale, possession, adulteration, or interaction with counterfeit or misrepresentation of prescription drugs. 

House Bill 17-1224 authorizes assessment of a penalty ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 for the misrepresentation of black market drugs. 

While current federal law prohibits any sales and distribution of counterfeit drugs, there remain gaps in Colorado statute.

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Senate GOP Effort Defending Victims of Harassment Passes Committee Unanimously

DENVER--Today, the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee passed Senator Don Coram's, R-Montrose, bill expanding the definition of harassment to agree with Colorado's law on bias-motivated crimes. 
Under current law on bias-motivated crimes include actions based on real or perceived national origin, race, color, religion, ancestry, or gender. 
An average of 1 in 3 teens is bullied or harassed, youth with disabilities are 10 times one likely to suffer harassment than a typical student. 

 

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Republican Bill Guaranteeing Women's Health Care Passes Committee

DENVER--Today, the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee passed Senator Don Coram's, R-Montrose, bill guaranteeing Colorado women access to oral contraceptives.
House Bill 17-1186 asks health insurers that are required under current law to provide contraception coverage to extend coverage to provide 12-month's worth of oral contraceptives for a woman with a prescription. 
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Committee Approves Coram Request to Prioritize Firefighter Safety

DENVER--Today, the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee passed without objection Senator Don Coram's (R-Montrose) bill on wildfire prevention. 

 

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Holbert Defends Coloradans' Internet Privacy

Denver—Today, the Senate Finance Committee approved on a 3-2 vote, Senator Chris Holbert's (R-DouglasCounty) bill protecting Colorado consumer's online privacy.

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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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