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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 15, 20184min871

A bill to fill a $32 billion to $50 billion hole in the Public Employees' Retirement Association won't have the public employers' help, if an amendment passed in Senate Bill 200's first committee hearing sticks. In a five-member committee with three Republicans, Sen. Jack Tate. R-Centennial, needed to make the change to secure enough GOP support to keep the legislation alive.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 13, 20186min1044

A Colorado Senate committee listened to four and a half hours of testimony on how to fix the state's shaky pension plan Tuesday, but it didn't take a vote. Instead, the Finance Committee will reconvene Wednesday to throw amendment at Senate Bill 200. At stake is a plan to fill in a projected pension shortfall of $32 billion to more than $50 billion over the next three decades as state, local and school district employees retire. The Finance Committee was the first to get a whack at the bill that is likely to be rewritten at every step of legislative process, but needs to get to the governor's desk before the General Assembly adjourns on May 9.


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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandMarch 13, 20189min1937

The Trump administration is OK with a ban on bump stocks. The Florida Legislature, despite opposition from the National Rifle Association, last week approved a package of gun control measures, including a ban on bump stocks that increase the firing capacity of normal rifles. Colorado's state Senate is a week away from hearing a bill that would take the same step. But it won't pass here, according to Senate Republican leadership. And they're backed by several gun rights groups that all oppose bump stock bans and which have been generous with Senate Republicans.