Pension Fund Rescue Clears Colorado Senate

DENVER – Colorado Senate Republicans delivered again on a pledge to tackle the big issues Tuesday, by passing sweeping new changes to the state’s troubled public employee pension fund aimed at assuring its long-term solvency and avoiding the need for future bailouts.

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Neville Bill Will Put Sanctuary City Ban on the Ballot

DENVER – A bill introduced today by State Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton) will place a prohibition against "sanctuary city" policies on the Nov. 6 ballot as a referendum. The measure was designated Senate Bill-220.

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PERA Fix Clears Another Hurdle

DENVER – This morning, Senate Bill 200, a comprehensive reform of the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), passed on second reading in the Colorado State Senate.

Sponsored by Senators Jack Tate (R-Centennial) and Kevin Priola (R-Henderson), SB-200 passage on second reading followed a lengthy debate, ending with the incorporation of two amendments that had bipartisan agreement.

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Grantham Responds to Democrat Leadership Change

Denver -- Senate President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Canon City) released the following statement today in response to Senator Lucia Guzman's sudden decision to step aside as Minority Leader:  

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Feds Better Have My Money! HB-1249 Passes State Senate

DENVER – In an effort to ensure that the federal mitigation disbursements from the Anvil Points oil shale project begin flowing as soon as possible to impacted Western Slope counties, House Bill 1249 was passed through the Colorado State Senate today in a unanimous vote.

These funds were owed to the counties of Garfield, Rio Blanca, Moffat, and Mesa, stemming from federal oil shale activities on the Western Slope that date back nearly a century. A portion of these royalties were withheld by the federal government in order to fund the clean up of the Anvil Points Federal oil shale research site.

For a decade now, long after the clean up has been concluded, the federal government has held onto approximately $18 million of excess revenues from those royalties. But now, thanks to efforts by Colorado’s federal representatives and State Senators Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) and Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud), that money will finally be reaching those counties.

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Stay in Your Lane: Neville’s Senate Bill 204 Passes Finance Committee

DENVER – In an effort to require legislative approval for any expansion or modification of Regional Transit District’s (RTD) ridership incentive programs, Senator Tim Neville’s (R-Littleton) Senate Bill 204 passed the Finance Committee today. It passed on a 3 to 2, party-line vote.

The bill requires legislative approval before RTD can expend more tax dollars towards discounting tickets for riding on buses and light rail. This oversight will ensure that RTD takes account of where money is being pulled from in order to incentivize ridership and allows elected members of the General Assembly the opportunity to ask questions regarding the programs' viability and execution.

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Fee Be Gone: Late Vehicle Registration Fee Repeal Passed

DENVER – In a 19 to 16 vote, the Colorado State Senate has passed Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton) and Senator Kevin Lundberg’s (R-Bethoud) Senate Bill 196, which repeals the late vehicle registration fee for Coloradans.

“Democrats don’t like the bill because they have less money to play with,” said Senator Lundberg. “Republicans like the bill because it takes the proverbial foot off the neck of Coloradans just a little bit more.”

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President Grantham Responds to Improving Fiscal Forecast

DENVER – Following the highly-anticipated release of the 2018/2019 fiscal forecast and the response by Governor John W. Hickenlooper, Senate President Kevin J. Grantham released the following statement:

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Scott's Select Committee on Energy and the Environment Returns

Denver -- Grand Junction Republican Ray Scott today announced a new round of hearings before the Senate Select Committee on Energy and Environment (SSCEE), which he chairs, touching on issues ranging from natural gas export opportunities to the local budget impacts of severance taxes. 

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Smallwood Medical Transparency Measure Clears Senate

DENVER – Coloradans who visit freestanding emergency rooms soon will have a lot more up-front information about what they’re getting into, if a Jim Smallwood (R-Parker) bill that passed the Senate on a 33-2 vote enjoys similarly bipartisan success in the House.

Smallwood’s Senate Bill-146 improves medical transparency by requiring freestanding emergency rooms to better inform patients about the difference between an emergency room and an urgent care facility, the costs of procedures and what insurance coverage they accept.

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