Priola Bill to Encourage Competitive Schools Passes Committee

DENVER — Today, the Senate Education Committee passed Senator Kevin Priola's (R-Brighton) Rewarding Excellence with Annual Redirected Dollars (REWARD) Act. 

Senate Bill 17-200 regroups all district legacy public and charter schools as "rural" or "non-rural," and rewards the top 12 performers among peer district cohorts  for competitive growth and achievement. 

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Hill Proposal Looks to the Future

DENVER--Today, the Senate Transportation Committee gave the green light to Senator Owen Hill's (R-Colorado Springs) bill to allow autonomous vehicles in Colorado on a unanimous vote.
Senate Bill 17-213 promotes the use of autonomous vehicles by designating them a statewide concern, laying the groundwork for the development of these self-driving cars in Colorado. 
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Lambert Responds to Daunting but Doable Budget Forecast

Denver -- Joint Budget Committee Chairman Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs) issued the following statement today in response to the state's March 17 economic and revenue forecast: 

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Martinez Humenik Seeks "Glitch"-Free Tech Upgrade at DMV

DENVER — Trips to the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) could become a lot less dread-inducing in the future, after a bill authored by Senator Beth Martinez Humenik (R-Adams County) and Representative ​Dan ​Thurlow (R-Mesa County) cleared a major hurdle at the Statehouse Wednesday.

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Republican Bill to Help Victims to Safety Gets Committee Approval

DENVER — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Senator John Cooke's (R-Greeley) legislation to provide victims of stalking, sex assault, and domestic violence a safe path out of harm's way.

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Senate Republicans Prioritize Colorado Students

DENVER--Today, Senate Republicans prioritized the needs of Colorado families and students and passed Senate Bill 17-061, carried by Senator Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) to provide equity for Colorado charter schools. 

Senate Bill 61 requires that all public schools in Colorado receive an equitable share of per-pupil tax revenue, as well as revenue derived from property taxes.
Under current law, traditional district schools may withhold from charters, in addition to the funding earned through property taxes which traditional district schools are not required to share, 5 percent of per-pupil funding.
Colorado charter schools have experienced a 30 percent increase in enrollment since 2013, and tend to earn higher scores on state assessments than their district peers.
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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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