Smallwood Bill to Increase Consumer Protection Against Fraud Gets Unanimous Approval

 

Denver—Today, on a second reading vote, the Senate approved Senator Jim Smallwood's (R-Parker) bill to help protect victim's of insurance fraud by clarifying procedure for prosecution. 

Under current law, the statute of limitations for prosecuting insurance fraud begins when the crime is committed. 

House Bill 17-1048 clarifies the procedure to ensure that the statute of limitations begins when the crime is discovered, giving victim's adequate time to take action. 

Additionally, the bill expands immunity to cover both primary and secondary agencies and insurers who are authorized to act in good faith and provide evidence or information on acts of insurance fraud.

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Does Nuclear Energy Have a Future in Colorado?

DENVER —  Could nuclear energy become part of Colorado’s future power portfolio, as we look for new ways to meet growing demand with affordable, reliable, environmentally-friendly technologies?

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Gardner Bill on Private Marijuana Clubs Blazes Through Senate

Denver—Today, the Senate approved Senate Bill 17-184 on a bipartisan second reading vote. 

SB 184 creates a definition for "open and public consumption" of marijuana in Colorado. The bill also creates a license for private marijuana clubs in which municipalities can choose to participate.

SB 184 was amended on the Senate floor to allow the sale of light snacks in marijuana clubs. Additionally, the amended version allows the exchange or sharing, not for profit or gain, of marijuana inside these private clubs.

 

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Committee Delivers Neville MMJ Bill

Denver—Today, the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology approved Senator Tim Neville's (R-Jefferson County) bill to allow medical marijuana delivery systems for patients and businesses. 

Senate Bill 17-192 allows a state licensing authority to create an endorsement for existing medical marijuana licenses, permitting them to make deliveries to patients in need in areas where medical marijuana is currently sold.

 

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Committee Approves Neville Bill to Promote Vocational Training

Denver — Today, the Senate Education Committee unanimously passed Senator Tim Neville's bill improving access to existing education funding for students who choose to pursue alternate post-secondary options.

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A Fix for Colorado Transportation

DENVER — In a breakthrough achieved after months of negotiations, Speaker Crisanta Duran and Senate President Kevin Grantham introduced a bill this afternoon to address the state’s immediate and long-range transportation needs, give city and county governments a boost for local transportation priorities and ensure that more Coloradans across the state have access to transportation options.

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Committee Approves Bill Clarifying Good Time Statutes

Denver – Today, Majority Whip John Cooke’s (R-Greeley) bill to clarify and consolidate good times procedure for county jail inmates passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

 Currently, a patchwork of policies and statutes govern procedures on time earned and good time for county jail inmates. This often leads to confusion for inmates, families, and County Sheriffs. 

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Senate Passes Marijuana Bills with Joint Approval

DENVER--Today, the Senate passed several Republican bills to address issues with marijuana policy, increase public safety, and create workforce pathways. 

 
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Priola Bill to Remove Barriers for Child Care Professionals Passes Senate

DENVER — Today, the Senate unanimously passed Senator Kevin Priola's (R-Brighton) bill to remove barriers to employment for child care professionals.

House Bill 17-1135 allows child care workers to carry their approved finger-print based criminal background check across Colorado. 

HB 1135 reduces barriers to employment, allows more highly-qualified child care workers to quickly receive credentials to resume taking care of Colorado kids, and lowers the cost of child care for middle class families.

 

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Gardner Bills to Clarify Court Procedures Pass Committee

Denver -- Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senator Bob Gardner's (R-El Paso County) bills to clarify court procedures, increase access, and ensure that courts continue to act in good faith.

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