March 2017 - Colorado Politics
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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 31, 20179min2350

Colorado state legislators Lori Saine and Vicki Marble plan to introduce a resolution this session directed to Congress and calling for a states convention to amend the U.S. Constitution in order to reduce the power of the federal government. “They usually just put state resolutions through the paper shredder, you know?” said Marble on Thursday. “But they can’t do that with this resolution. They have to at least keep it in a file.”


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 31, 20176min1630

In a prelude to the <a href="https://www.bennet.senate.gov/?p=release&id=3856" target="_blank">introduction</a> of his "Clean Air, Healthy Kids Act," on Wednesday, Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet delivered a trademark floor speech in which he sought to underline what he sees as another in the steady stream of absurd turns taken by policymakers in Washington. His target this time was the <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/03/trump-climate-eo/520986/" target="_blank">executive order</a> on climate issued by President Trump the day before. "Even with all the dysfunction in Congress, somehow the American people continue to expect Washington to enact policies that will bear some relationship to the challenges they face," Bennet begins. "Unfortunately, the administration's new executive order on energy fails even to meet that low bar.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 31, 201710min1380

Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist, a Centennial Republican, says he’s committed to both of the bipartisan construction-defects bills before the Legislature despite concerns expressed by a coalition of business leaders, adding that his decades of experience as a high-stakes litigator lead him to believe an agreement could be at hand.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 31, 20175min1030

State Rep. Joe Salazar, Democrat from Thornton, has <a href="https://www.coloradostatesman.com/state-rep-salazar-to-run-for-attorney-general-aims-to-be-the-peoples-lawyer/" target="_blank">taken the lead</a> in Colorado in rolling out <a href="https://www.coloradostatesman.com/ralph-carr-states-rights-salazar-bill-advances-to-house-floor-on-party-line-vote/" target="_blank">legislation</a> meant to defend state residents against Trump-era federal government overreach. On <a href="https://www.facebook.com/joseph.salazar.7712?fref=nf&pnref=story" target="_blank">Facebook</a> Thursday, Salazar said he might run an amendment to the state budget “long bill” next week in response to the Tuesday vote on Capitol Hill to allow internet service providers to sell personal user data without written consent.


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Brian HeubergerBrian HeubergerMarch 31, 20176min1830

A bill that enables doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to PTSD patients has gained momentum in the Legislature this year, passing the Senate with broad support on a 34-1 vote and now pressing forward with similar agreement in the House. Sponsored by state Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, and state Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Boulder, SB 17 would add PTSD to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Colorado, permitting patients diagnosed with PTSD to treat their symptoms. Colorado would join more than 20 states — plus Washington, D.C., and two U.S. territories — which permit medical marijuana use to treat PTSD.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 30, 20173min1220

On Friday, the Senate is scheduled to act on two closely watched elections bills sponsored by Centennial Republican Jack Tate. As The Statesman has <a href="https://www.coloradostatesman.com/tate-early-voting-cost-savings-bill-still-waiting-back-stage-big-senate-curtain-call/" target="_blank">reported</a>, the first, <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/SB17-071" target="_blank">Senate Bill 71</a>, proposes to reallocate resources during the early voting period, shutting down some voter service centers in the first lightly trafficked week in the state's largest counties and keeping all of the voting centers open longer hours in the second week and in the heavily trafficked last days of the voting period.