Bipartisan Senate Primary Plan Emerges

Denver -- Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-Larimer County) today introduced new legislation aimed at restoring Colorado's presidential primary, which was repealed by the legislature in 2003. The bipartisan bill, "Restoring Presidential Primaries," reestablishes Colorado's traditional March presidential primary while making minimal changes in current law.

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Republicans Want to Send Road Fix to Voters

Denver -- Polls consistently show that Coloradans overwhelmingly want better roads. And that sentiment crosses party lines. But only Republicans are responding by offering a concrete, detailed, road-tested way to kick start road upgrades across Colorado, which they want to put before voters this fall.

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Senators Seek Higher Ed Access for Disabled Students

Students with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) in Colorado often make it through High School only to find the doors to higher education closed to them, due to an almost total lack of programs tailored to their unique needs and circumstances. But Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) and Senator John Cooke (R-Greeley) want to swing open the doors of higher ed to IDD students by creating a first-in-Colorado pilot program that road-tests ways to make that happen. Their bill, Senate Bill 196, passed its first test today with bipartisan approval of the Senate Education Committee.

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Tax Relief for Military Retirees Gains Ground

Denver -- Making good on a promise they made to military retirees on day one of the 2016 legislative session, Senate Republicans on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 1, which eliminates current caps on how much military retirees are able to deduct from federal taxable income.

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Juvenile Justice Reform Gets Bipartisan Boost

Denver -- A pair of bipartisan bills approved today at Colorado's Statehouse, Senate Bills 180 and 181, will help bring outdated Colorado sentencing laws into compliance with more recent court rulings requiring resentencing opportunities for nearly 50 juvenile offenders now serving life without parole. The bills make these necessary changes while also ensuring justice for crime victims and their families.

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Neville Seeks Tax Relief for Senior Citizens

Denver -- This was a potentially pivotal week for Colorado's seniors citizens at the Statehouse, with bipartisan passage of a measure, Senate Bill 86, aimed at eliminating the state taxes they pay on pension plans.

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Senate Leaders Keep Laser-like Focus on School Safety

Denver -- In an effort to detect and deter potential schoolyard violence before tragedy strikes, the Colorado Senate’s top two Republicans on Wednesday unveiled SB-193, a bill aimed at encouraging confidential information-sharing in time to avert acts of violence.

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Crowder Again Saluted as Veterans’ Ally

Denver -- Senator Larry Crowder (R – Alamosa) continues to win accolades as a top ally of military veterans at Colorado's Statehouse, having recently been named "Distinguished Legislator" at the United Veterans' Committee (UVC) 44th annual awards banquet. It's the latest in a series of awards Crowder has garnered for his leadership on veterans issues.

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Cooke Takes Aim at Sexual Offenders

Denver -- Senator John Cooke (R – Greeley) had first-hand experience with sexual assault cases during the time he served as Sheriff of Weld County, Colorado. That, along with a lawman’s passion for justice, undoubtedly accounts for the leadership he’s taken on a bill, which passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday, which extends the statute of limitations on sexual offenses from 10 to 20 years. 

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Senate Bill Would Repeal “Emergency” Gun Grabs

Denver -- Government-declared states of "emergency" no longer can be used as a pretext for banning the purchase, possession, transport or transfer of firearms In Colorado, if a bill approved today by the State Senate makes it to the Governor's desk for a signature.

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