Denver--Today, newly sworn-in Senate President Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) issued his opening day remarks and announced the Senate Republican agenda for the first session of the 71st General Assembly. Click here for the full text of President Grantham's remarks.
Denver--Today, newly sworn-in Senate President Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) issued his opening day remarks and announced the Senate Republican agenda for the first session of the 71st General Assembly. Click here
for the full text of President Grantham's remarks.
Senate Bill 01 creates a grace period for small business owners to cure minor operational or administrative oversights before incurring a fine.
"Colorado's small businesses are the engine of our economy, and while they are still trying to regain their footing, burdensome regulations and redundancies only serve to hamper growth," said Neville. "We must help our job creators by getting the heavy hand of government out of the way to allow our small businesses to continue to improve Colorado's economy."
Senate Bill 02 repeals the Department of Regulatory Agencies scheduling ability and creates a standardized time table for rules review every three years, simplifying the review process and creating easier access for Coloradans.
"Colorado taxpayers demand accountability and transparency with every one of their dollars, and they expect government to work to streamline waste and inefficiency whenever possible," said Martinez Humenik. "My bill will standardize the process for DORA to ensure efficiency in rule review and eliminate burdensome regulation in a timely manner."
Senate Bill 03 will repeal Connect for Health Colorado, the state-sponsored health exchange which was implemented as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
"With any taxpayer funded organization there is an expectation of efficiency, accountability and successes. The failures of Connect for Health Colorado are obvious as premiums are skyrocketing while consumer choices continue to dramatically decline" said Smallwood. "It is time to repeal the broken Exchange and build plans for more robust, accessible, and affordable health care for Coloradans."
Senate Bill 04 allows medicaid recipients to receive treatment from health care providers that are not covered within the medicaid network.
"This bill is about access for Coloradans and giving them real health care choices," said Tate. "My bill increases access for Medicaid recipients to a wider array of health care providers to ensure no Coloradan with the means will be turned away from quality specialized health care."
Currently state law allows post certified law enforcement and private security under contract with district or charter school to be armed on school campus. Senate Bill 05 empowers schools to develop a program that educates school employees on responsible use of a concealed carry permit to promote school safety.
"Colorado kids are our state's most precious assets, and their schools should be a bastion of safety and education even in times of unrest," said Holbert. "My bill empowers county sheriffs to work with school districts to develop programs training school employees on emergency response and safety, with this we seek to discover how much training and certification is enough to protect our kids."
Senate Bill 06 creates concealed carry permits for active duty service members under the age of 21.
"Our brave men and women in uniform lay their lives on the line to guarantee our freedom here at home, it is time we return the favor and show trust in those with who make such great sacrifices for Colorado," said Cooke. "This legislation will create parity for active duty service men and women under the age of 21 and allow them to continue to protect us at home and abroad."