Lawmakers Seek Equitable Funding for Charter Schools

Denver -- Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle came together Thursday to call for an end to inequities in funding for Colorado’s charter schools and the 108,000 students they serve. They predicted bills would be coming in the days ahead, most likely on the Senate side of the General Assembly, aimed at ending those longstanding inequities.

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Fairness for Charter Schools the Focus of Thursday Presser

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will meet the press Thursday morning to talk about the need to take action, this session, to end unfair and discriminatory funding practices suffered by charter schools. Possible legislation, and where and when it might originate, are among the topics to be discussed.

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Colorado State Senate Honors First Responders

Denver -- Senate Majority Leader Mark Scheffel (R-Parker) and Senator Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) on Friday honored Colorado’s First Responders with Senate Joint Resolution 26, which designates September 27, 2016 as First Responder Appreciation Day.   

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Republican Leaders Continue Push for School Safety

Denver -- With term limits soon bringing their lawmaking days to a close, Senate President Bill L. Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) and Majority Leader Mark Scheffel (R-Parker) are intensifying their push for improved school safety in Colorado with a bill designed to close the communications gaps that can prevent the early detection and prevention of school violence.

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Republicans Reload in Gun Rights Fight

Denver -- Senate Republicans moved on Wednesday to reverse one notorious gun rights restriction approved by Democrats during a period of one party rule, while extending new rights by allowing active or honorably discharged military personnel between 18 and 21 years of age to carry a concealed firearm if they get a permit. 

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Cadman Responds to Naming of New Lieutenant Governor

Colorado Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) today released the following statement in response to Gov. Hickenlooper’s nomination of Donna Lynne to be Lieutenant Governor:

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2016 Senate GOP Midsession Update

In 2016 the Colorado Senate Republicans have continued to cut government regulations, promote economic growth & protect the vulnerable with their legislative agenda.                                                                                                                                                                                           Click here to learn more about the legislative successes of the Senate GOP.
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State’s Regulatory Addiction Prompts GOP Intervention

Denver -- Colorado ratepayers won a preliminary but significant victory against overreaching federal regulators Thursday, when a Senate committee approved a measure, SB-157, that halts all work on President Obama's "Clean Power Plan" by state agencies pending the lifting of a "stay" imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Kudos for Crowder Continue to Roll In

Denver -- Republican Senator Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) today received the Legislative Excellence Award from LiveWell Colorado, in recognition of his consistent support for policies that promote healthier eating and living in the state.   

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Cadman Responds to Latest Hospital Provider Fee Opinion

Denver -- Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) today issued the following response to a memo from Colorado’s attorney general on the hospital provider fee question:

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