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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandFebruary 5, 20186min404

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. Click here and scroll down to committee hearings to listen online.

 

MONDAY

Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee, 1:30 p.m. SCR354

Senate Bill 104: to authorize the state to seek a waiver on the next Connect America auction for federal funds on rural broadband. Background here.

 

TUESDAY

House Business Affairs & Labor Committee, 1:30 p.m. LSB-A

House Bill 1001: the top priority bill of House Democrats, would create a partial wage reimbursement program for workers who takes leave from work to care for a new child, a family member with a serious health condition, or who is unable to work due to the individual’s own serious health condition.

House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee, 1:30 p.m., HCR 107

House Bill 1142: remove the word “pauper” from state law, one of a handful of bills this session to remove outdated language in state statutes.

Senate Finance Committee, 2 p.m., SCR 357

Senate Bill 83, to allow income tax credits for private schools.

 

WEDNESDAY

Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee, 1:30 p.m., SCR 354

Senate Bill 29: to require Colorado State University-Pueblo to come up with tracking technology for marijuana. Background here.

House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, 1:30 p.m., LSB-A

House Bill 1063, to allow consumers to opt-out of credit reporting agencies. Background here.

House Bill 1090, to require credit agencies to automatically freeze credit information on minors & at-risk adults. Background here.

House Bill 1129, to allow parents or guardians to request a freeze on credit information for minor children. Background here.

House Bill 1129, to require companies and even governments that hold personally identifiable consumer information to develop policies on  the destruction and proper disposal of that information. Background here.

Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, 1:30 p.m. SCR 357

Senate Bill 43, if the state Senate rejects a gubernatorial nomination to a board or commission, then the person is ineligible to serve on that commission, even if nominated a second time by the governor.

Senate Bill 75, to set campaign contribution limits on school board director races.

Senate Bill 108, to allow a person not lawfully present in the United States and who seeks a driver’s license to submit a Social Security card as identification.

 

THURSDAY

House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee, 1:30 p.m., HCR 107

House Bill 1046, to allow transgender persons to obtain new birth certificates.

House Judiciary Committee, 1;30 p.m., HCR 112

House Bill 1065, dealing with disciplinary procedures against an employee of the Department of Human Services when that employee has harmed a vulnerable person.

Senate Finance Committee, Upon adjournment, SCR 357

Senate Bill 103, performance-based incentives for film, which would tighten up the requirements for film companies to receive incentives from the state for making movies in Colorado.

Senate Health & Human Services Committee, 1:30 p.m. SCR 354

Senate Bill 22, to restrict the number of opioid pills that a doctor or other licensed health care practitioner can prescribe.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 3, 20183min754
A significant bill with bipartisan momentum could make it easier for college students to transfer to other state schools. Senate Bill 69 passed the upper chamber Friday on a 33-0 vote, so it bounces to the House to start the process there. It’s sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert of Parker and Sen. Rachel […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 1, 20182min471

Martha Smith Farm Bureau
Colorado Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, congratulates Martha Smith at the Capitol Wednesday for winning the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer and Rancher National Discussion Meet. (Photo courtesy of the Colorado Farm Bureau)

Colorado lawmakers congratulated Martha Smith at the Capitol Wednesday for winning the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer and Rancher National Discussion Meet.

Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, delivered a speech to congratulate Smith and deliver a joint tribute from the House and Senate.

“Members, we have a hero here in front of us today,” he began.

He explained the winners from each state and have a boardroom discussion on how to help first-generation farmers. Participants are judged on their strength in making their points courteously.

“And, no, I have never won this contest,” Sonnenberg joked.

Smith is Colorado’s first national winner, winning the title over competitors from almost every state, and the Farm Bureau’s national meeting in Nashville this month. Her prize was a new Ford pickup truck.

“Martha was an outstanding representative for Colorado and for young farmers and ranchers across the country,” Chad Vorthmann, executive vice president of the Colorado Farm Bureau, said in a statement. “It is talented people like her who will lead the agriculture industry into the next generation and help us continue to feed people around the world.”

Smith lives in Denver and is an area manager for Channel Seed. She is a native of Virginia and graduated from Iowa State.