Senate Bill 14 Clears First Hurdle in Effort to Boost Crime Victim’s Rights

(DENVER) – On a bipartisan 4-0 (1 excused) vote, Senate Bill-14, authored by Senators John Cooke (R-Greeley) and Senator Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora), has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill-14 requires the Colorado Department of Corrections to inform the victims of an inmate if that inmate is moved to another facility outside the State of Colorado. Currently, this policy is only in effect for intrastate transfers.

“Even a simple piece of legislation such as Senate Bill-14 can bring peace of mind to crime victims here in Colorado, and I’m excited to see this bipartisan legislation move through judiciary,” said Senator Cooke.

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Sonnenberg Responds to Flawed Denver Post Report

The Denver Post Editorial Page currently follows a set of publication guidelines that make it nearly impossible for letters challenging or critiquing the paper's news content to see print, so we will begin using this website to publish letters to the editor that the Post's editors decline to print. Our aim is to help set the record straight by providing the balance, fairness, missing context or countervailing information that The Denver Post should publish but won't. 

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Energy Office Revamp Gets Bipartisan Boost

Denver -- Moments ago, Senate Bill-3 passed the Colorado Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee on a 9 to 2 bipartisan vote, signaling a possible end to the brinkmanship that derailed a similar measure in the waning hours of the 2017 session.

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Smallwood Nurse Mobility Bill is First To Cross the Finish Line

Denver -- Whether it counts as a new world record no one can say for sure. But the speed with which Senator Jim Smallwood's SB-27 flew through the Statehouse sent heads spinning, by showed how quickly lawmakers can move when they absolutely must.
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President Grantham Issues Statement in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

(DENVER) – Today, Senate President Kevin J. Grantham issued the following statement to honor the accomplishments and character of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Because he had a dream in 1963, America is a better place today, in 2018. Today, we remember the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who had the strength and conviction to challenge the wrong in our society, and in doing so, changed our nation forever,” said President Grantham.

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Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact Passes Colorado State Senate Unanimously

(DENVER) – Moments ago, the Colorado State Senate adopted the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, Senate Bill-27, in a unanimous vote. The legislation is sponsored by Senator Jim Smallwood (R-Parker).

“Nurses are the unsung heroes of our medical community, and this legislation allows those licensed in the State of Colorado to practice outside of our state without the need for redundant, costly, and unnecessary licenses in other states,” said Senator Smallwood. “SB-27 will facilitate telehealth nursing services, online education, and will even allow our nurses to assist other states in times of natural disaster.”

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Republicans Renew Push for Energy Office Reboot

Denver -- Colorado Senate Republicans opened the 2018 legislative year very much like they closed-out the 2017 session, with a proposal to revamp and reinvigorate a Colorado Energy Office that has lost its relevance and effectiveness in recent years due to a too-narrow focus on niche energy sources.

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Republicans Jump-Start 2018 Session with Fix Colorado Roads Act

Denver -- Today, in the opening hours of the 2018 legislative session, Senator Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs) and Senator John Cooke (R-Greeley) introduced Senate Bill 1, the “Fix Colorado Roads Act,” underscoring the importance Senate Republicans place on the issue.

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Senate Republicans Make Statewide Prosperity a Top Focus

Denver -- In an opening-day demonstration of their commitment to assisting parts of rural Colorado that often feel left behind by the boom times enjoyed by the urbanized Front Range, Colorado Senate Republicans made a rural broadband expansion bill the second measure to be read across the desk on opening day of the 2018 legislative session. The only bill they made a higher priority, Senate Bill-1, is a tax hike-free roadway modernization package that also could have broad economic benefits, if approved by voters next fall.

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Senate President Kevin J. Grantham Opening Day Speech

Senate President Kevin J. Grantham Opening Day Speech

January 10, 2018

Colleagues, Family, Honored guests,

Today is a day full of pageantry, ceremony, pomp, and circumstance. Today is a day where we accomplish some of the necessary procedures to get our business underway. But most importantly, today is the day where we chart the course for Colorado in this 2nd Regular Session of the 71st General Assembly.

But before we continue charting that course let’s remember those who have graced us with their presence and blessed us with their talent to make this such a memorable day. Thank you to the Colorado National Guard Honor Guard, my pastor, David Almanzar, Deputy Victor Holbert, and The Saunders Family for that wonderful performance of our National Anthem. Will you join me in honoring each of them. Thank you all for being here today.

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