Bill to Crack Down on Human Trafficking Moves to Governor

DENVER — Today, the Senate unanimously approved Senator Kevin Priola's to strengthen law enforcement tools against human trafficking.

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Priola Bill Will Expand Opportunities for Skilled Tradespersons

DENVER —  In an effort to create jobs and expand opportunity, by removing unreasonable barriers to entry for those who want to install fire-suppression systems, Colorado’s Senate today passed a bill authored by Senator Kevin Priola (R-Brighton) that brings sprinkler tech apprenticeship standards into alignment with those required for journeyman plumbers, from the current 8,000 hours to 6,800 hours.

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Tate Bill Protects Small Business From Big Problems

DENVER —  In a move that should be music to the ears of businesses that pay for professional music services, State Senator Jack Tate (R-Centennial) is taking steps at the Statehouse to help protect them against shakedown attempts by organizations or individuals threatening to sue them over alleged copyright violations.

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Heavily-Amended Open Records Update Passes First Test

Denver -- After several delays and a good bit of controversy, the Senate State Affairs Committee today gave bipartisan backing to an open records modernization bill, SB-40, aimed at bringing the law into the digital age.

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Priola Bill to Strengthen Law Enforcement Tools in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

DENVER — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Senator Kevin Priola's House Bill 17-1040 to allow interception of the communications of human traffickers.

Under current law, law enforcement officials can use various methods of communications interception when probable cause exists to believe that evidence of first degree murder, kidnapping, gambling, robbery, or bribery will be obtained. 

HB 1040 expands current law to allow communications interception with probable cause of human trafficking exists. 

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REWARD Act Introduced in Senate

DENVER — Tuesday, the Senate introduced Senator Kevin Priola's (R-Brighton) Senate Bill 17-200, the Rewarding Excellence with Annual Redirected Dollars, or REWARD Act. 

The REWARD Act regroups all district legacy public and charter schools as "rural" or "non-rural," and rewards the top ten performers among peer district cohorts  for competitive growth and achievement. 

Under the REWARD Act, the top ten achieving school districts in each group--based on assessments and measures set forth by Department of Education--will be awarded with excellence funding. 

The Department shall distribute 35 percent of excellence funding to the top 20 performing school districts in equal shares, and 65 percent of the funding to the remaining school districts on a per-pupil basis.

The REWARD Act creates a healthy, positive competitive education atmosphere, encouraging students and teachers to excel and reach their highest potential. 

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Priola Bill to Expand Post-Secondary Options Passes Senate

 

 

DENVER — Today, the Senate approved on a bipartisan second reading vote, Senator Kevin Priola's (R-Brighton) bill to inform high school students of post-secondary educational opportunities available through military enlistment.

Under current law, Colorado charter schools are required to create an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) with students and parents. 

House Bill 17-1041 requires that Colorado charter schools discuss the benefits of military enlistment when creating ICAPS.

Colorado traditional district schools are already required to discuss the benefits of military enlistment during the creation of ICAPs, HB 1041 asks schools to encourage families to consider the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), the test for military enlistment.

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Ballot Selfies "Trending" in Senate

DENVER -- Today, the Senate, passed House Bill 17-1014, carried  by Senator Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) on a second reading vote.

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Marble “Repeal and Repair” Bill Passes Senate Finance

DENVER —  Colorado State Senator Vicki Marble (R-Fort Collins) took a step toward restoring fairness to Colorado’s income tax credits, while increasing funding for transportation, with the Senate Finance Committee's 3-2 approval of SB-188, which repeals the state income tax credit for “innovative vehicles.”

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Bipartisan Approval for Increasing Penalties on Oil and Gas Tampering

DENVER—Today, the Senate approved President Pro Tem Jerry Sonnenberg's (R-Sterling) bill to strengthen penalties on unlawful destruction or tampering with oil and gas equipment on final passage. 

Senate Bill 17-035 helps ensure the safety of Colorado communities by increasing the penalty for tampering with, or in any way destroying sensitive oil and gas equipment. 

SB 035 increases the penalty for the existing crime from a class 2 misdemeanor to a class 6 felony.

Colorado has seen multiple cases of oil and gas tampering in recent years, the most recent involving the theft of over a

The bipartisan vote sent SB 035 to the House for approval. 

Several nearby oil producing states have seen similar acts of vandalism which often result in hazardous destruction of property and possible ecological danger to the community. In Colorado, over $250,000 in oil and gas equipment were recently stolen from a site in Weld County and in Routt County, two teens were killed in an explosion while vandalizing oil tanks.

 

 

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