Marianne Goodland, Author at Colorado Politics - Page 2 of 18

January 15, 20187min434
Here’s some of the notables and quotables from the first week of the 2018 Colorado General Assembly. ICYMI: Last October, Gov. John Hickenlooper called lawmakers back to the state Capitol for what was eventually a two-day session intended to fix a drafting error in Senate Bill 17-267. You do remember that, right? Apparently, memories are […]

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January 14, 20183min2620

Here are the legislative committee hearings of note for the week ahead in the Colorado Capitol. Committee schedules are subject to change. The daily schedule is available on the legislature’s website.


The General Assembly is closed on Monday, Jan. 15 for observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; many lawmakers will be participating in the Denver Marade, which begins at Denver’s City Park at 10:45 a.m.


House Finance, 8 a.m. LSB-A

Senate Bill 18-027; allowing nurses to travel in and out of state, background here. This is likely to be the first bill signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2018.


Senate Health & Human Services Committee Upon Adjournment SCR 354

Senate Bill 18-020 to allow registered psychotherapists to perform auricular acudetox, a form of acupuncture used for detox.

Senate Bill 18-050, to allow staff of free-standing emergency rooms to participate in the state’s safe haven law, which allows them to take temporary custody of infants 72 hours old or younger from parent(s).


Joint Health and Human Services, 1:30 p.m. Room 271

Presentation on waiting lists for services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Public testimony on waiting lists for services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee, 1:30 p.m. SCR 357

Senate Bill 18-038 to allow the use of reclaimed domestic wastewater to irrigate industrial hemp.


January 12, 20183min14620

Douglas Bruce, the father of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights who was convicted of tax evasion in 2011 for filing false tax returns and failure to pay taxes, lost another legal round this week, this time at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.


January 10, 20183min1730

With the 2018 legislative session now underway, a few lawmakers are taking on new responsibilities. That includes Rep. Barbara McLachlan, a Durango Democrat.

McLachlan this week was named vice-chair of the House Transportation Committee. She replaces fellow Democrat Rep. Faith Winter of Westminster, who is now the committee’s chair. Winter replaced Democratic Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush of Steamboat Springs, who resigned her House seat to run for the Third Congressional District seat currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton of Cortez.

According to a Wednesday statement from Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran of Denver, committee leadership positions are rarely awarded to first-term lawmakers. McLachlan is starting her second year in the state House.

“It’s an honor to be selected,” McLachlan said. “Transportation and energy are critically important issues in my district, and as vice-chair of the Transportation & Energy Committee I will work to ensure that rural areas of Colorado are not overlooked.”

Duran and Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham of Canon City both identified transportation as top priorities for the 2018 session. The top priority bill of the Senate Republicans, known as Senate Bill 18-001, intends to ask voters for permission use existing state dollars to obtain bonds for a portion of the state’s $20 billion transportation wishlist. The bonds would use about $300 million per year in state revenues.

Grantham told the Colorado Senate during his opening day speech Wednesday that “there isn’t a Republican or Democrat way to fill a pothole, but I’d argue there is a Colorado way, and that’s if we do it together.” However, Senate Bill 1 is sponsored solely by Republicans, which could spell trouble if and when the measure heads over to the Democratic-controlled House.

Last month, the governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting revealed the state would have surplus revenue heading into the 2018-19 fiscal year. The initial bump is expected to be about $200 million more in individual income taxes, a result of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which Tipton supported. Shortly thereafter, Gov. John Hickenlooper revised his 2018-19 budget request to devote $148 million of that surplus to transportation funding.

Hickenlooper is expected to address transportation funding during his State of the State address on Thursday.