Lundberg Bill to Protect Health Care Consumers Gets First Approval

Today, the Senate Health and Human Services committee passed Senator Kevin Lundberg's bill to increase transparency in health care costs. The bill, Senate Bill 17-065 guarantees that consumers will know more about the cost of services upfront. 

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Regulatory Relief Bill Wins Bipartisan Backing

Denver -- A bill aimed at reducing tensions between state regulators and small businesses, by giving both parties more leeway in how they deal with compliance issues, made a strong first showing at the Colorado Statehouse today, passing the Senate Business Labor & Technology Committee on a bipartisan, 6 to 1 vote.

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Republican Bill to Increase Youth Marijuana Education Passes First Hurdle

Denver—Today, Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Douglas County) and Senator Randy Baumgardner's (R-Grand County) bill to provide age-appropriate educational materials about the risks of underage marijuana use to schools passed unanimously out of the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee. Senate Bill 17-025 offers public schools a resource bank of educational materials on marijuana related issues to help create suitable curricula. 

“Helping our schools and students navigate the changing landscape here in Colorado must be at the forefront of our discussions on new policy," said Holbert "Our bill ensures that schools have access to materials and curricula that will give our kids the tools they need to understand the risks related to marijuana use, similar to current alcohol education.” 

“It is important for us to reach out to public schools and offer them guidance onhow to speak to a ten-year-old about marijuana use as opposed to a sixteen-year-old,” said Baumgardner. “Our kids are growing up in a state where marijuana is increasingly present in the public sphere, we must provide them with the tools they need to make smart choices.”

Senate Bill 17-025 now moves on to a vote of the committee of the whole.

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Crowder Rejoins the Fight for Military Retiree Tax Relief

Denver -- Military retirees in Colorado could enjoy a lot more financial security in the future if a tax relief bill heard at the Statehouse today keeps moving forward.  

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Campus Firearm Safety Measure Passes First Test

Denver -- A measure allowing school districts with armed security to work with local sheriffs to establish training standards passed its first test today at the Colorado Statehouse, clearing the Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs on a 3 to 2 vote.

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Cooke Bill to Clarify Law Enforcement Procedure Passes Committee

Denver--Today, Majority Whip John Cooke's (R-Greeley) bill to clarify language regarding law enforcement procedure with Intensive Supervised Parole (ISP) escapees passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a unanimous vote. Senate Bill 17-048 allows law enforcement officials to detain suspected ISP escapees with probable cause.

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Bill to Remove Barriers to Job Creation Passes First Hurdle

Denver--Today, Senator Owen Hill's (R-Colorado Springs) bill to remove barriers to job entry for car share drivers passed out of the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology committee. The bill, Senate Bill 17-043, repeals a redundant medical certification requirement for car share drivers. 

"Uber and Lyft are employing more Coloradans every day and giving them a shot at a brighter future, my bill is a commonsense clean-up to remove an unnecessary administrative burden and help more folks get to work," said Hill. "Republicans are leading the way and delivering on promises to limit burdensome regulations and remove barriers to job growth for Coloradans, and I'm pleased we were able to take this step."   

Senate Bill 17-043 now moves on to a vote of the committee of the whole.

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Scott Launches Select Committee on Energy and Environment

Denver -- Colorado State Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Energy and Environment, opened the panel's first hearing today with the following remarks:   

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Grantham Issues Statement In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Denver--Today, Senate President Kevin J. Grantham issued the following statement to commemorate the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Senate and House Come Together to Address Accessible Housing

Denver--Today, the Senate introduced Senate Bill 45 sponsored in the Senate by President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Canon City) and Senator Angela Williams (D-Denver), and in the House by Speaker Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) and Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist (R-Centennial). Senate Bill 45 will increase access to attainable, affordable housing in our state by mitigating backend costs for Colorado families.
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