Scott Rural Assistance Bill Heads to the House

DENVER – Economically distressed rural counties may soon become a priority, rather than an afterthought, when the state renders economic assistance, thanks to bill co-sponsored by State Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) that cleared its final hurdle in the Senate today and how moved to the House for debate.

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Put Down the Bottle, We Have a Solution

DENVER – Keeping up with the Republican principles of free markets and ending unnecessary regulations, Senate Bill 138, sponsored by Senator Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs) passed the Senate Business Labor, and Technology committee unanimously earlier today.

The bill allows an individual, such as a liquor store owner who gives up their alcohol license, to either sell their back stock of alcohol to another licensee with common ownership or to a wholesaler. If a liquor store decides to voluntarily close, this ensures that ownership will not have to take such a heavy loss due to alcohol back stock.

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Scott Bill Aims to Boost Rural Colorado

DENVER – State Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) again affirmed his support for rural Colorado today, with Second Reading passage of a bill, Senate Bill-5, aimed to ensuring that rural parts of the state aren’t overlooked, and instead become a priority, when state economic assistance efforts are made.

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Senate Bill-148 Gets Unanimous Committee Nod Following Bipartisan Press Conference

DENVER – In a 5-0 vote, SB-148 has passed through the Health and Human Services Committee. The bill, sponsored by Senator Beth Martinez Humenik (R-Thornton), provides the families of our fallen officers and other state employees with health benefits for up to 12 months as they rebuild their lives and plot a path forward.

Currently, health benefits for the family expire on the last day of the month the employee passes away.

Prior to the committee meeting, Senator Martinez Humenik held a press conference in the Capitol, speaking to the importance of this legislation.

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Rural Broadband Passes Senate, Upload to House in Progress

DENVER – Colorado’s rural communities may finally receive the connectivity they’ve asked for as Senate Bill-2 has passed the State Senate on a bipartisan 30-5 vote. The bill, highlighted as one of Senate Republicans key bills for 2018, expands rural broadband projects in collaboration with local internet service providers.
SB-2’s major provisions include: 
  • Upping the definition of “broadband internet” service from at least 4 megabits per second to at least 10 megabits per second, and including in the definition of “unserved areas” places that are unincorporated, have less than 7,500 residents and do not receive federal broadband support
  • Makes changes in the way “high cost support mechanism” funds are allocated and broadband grants are made
  • Includes safeguards to ensure that funds are allocated fairly and dollars aren’t used to duplicate effort or “overbuild” in already-served areas
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Media Advisory: Rally for Victim Benefits Bill on Thursday

Tomorrow, the Colorado Senate Republicans will hold a press conference at 1 P.M. in the West Foyer of the State Capitol to rally support for Senate Bill 148. SB-148 provides medical benefits for the survivors of fallen officers and other state employees who are killed in the line of duty.

With the recent rash of officers being killed, their families are many times left without coverage as their medical benefits expire automatically at the end of the month they pass away. In some specific circumstances, officers have passed away near the end of the month, only for the family to be left without any support within just a few days.

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Marble Bill Would Pull the Plug on "Green Vehicle" Welfare

Denver -- Colorado may soon pull the plug on alternative vehicle tax credits that subsidize the affluent at the expense of everyone else, while providing an unfair and unnecessary advantage to a niche car market, if a tax credit phase-out authored by Republican Vicki Marble continues to win support at the Colorado Statehouse.

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Education Bill to Empower Parents Passes Committee, Despite Democrat Opposition

(DENVER) – In a 3-2 party-line vote, the Colorado Senate Finance Committee passed SB-83 yesterday, which provides education income tax credits for students attending non-public schools. The legislation is sponsored by Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud).

Unsurprisingly, Senate Democrats upheld the state-sponsored stranglehold on our education system, casting “no” votes for giving more opportunities for success to the children of Colorado.

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Senate Honors Family of Fallen State Trooper

Denver -- The Colorado Senate suspended legislative business this morning to recognize and thank the family of fallen Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue, widow Velma Donahue and daughters Maya and Leila, for the key role they played in the 2017 passage of SB17-229, the “Move Over for Cody Law,” which aims to eliminate senseless tragedies like the one that killed Trooper Donahue in November of 2016.

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Holbert Bill Will Ease Transfers, Lower Costs for College Students

Denver -- Under existing law, students at participating community colleges can enroll in specific degree programs that, upon satisfactory completion, allow them to transfer to a participating four-year institution as a third-year student. However, after transferring to a four-year institution, some students have been confronted with additional course requirements. Such unexpected challenges drive up costs and delay degree completion.

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