Kara MasonKara MasonFebruary 19, 20165min334

An anti-union right to work bill sponsored by state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, was briefly turned on its head Friday in the Republican-controlled Senate when an amendment submitted by pro-labor Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Westminster, gained unanimous support even though it stripped Neville's bill, SB16-070, of all the crucial right-to-work language that defined it. Neville, speaking from the dais, told his members it was a friendly amendment and then, in what Ulibarri later tongue-in-cheek called a "kumbaya moment," the full membership of the sharply divided chamber voted to gut Neville's bill and to add protections for workers who support union policies against employer retaliation. Democrats, their faces painted in broad smiles, huddled around the front of the chamber. Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley, acting as a chair of the committee of the whole, called for a short recess, and Republicans regrouped.


Kara MasonKara MasonJanuary 27, 201610min350
A bill that would allow Colorado residents to carry a concealed handgun without a permit took its first step Wednesday through the Republican-controlled Senate Finance committee on its way toward the Democratic-controlled House, where it will face stiff opposition. The “constitutional carry” bill, as Senate Bill 17 is referred to, sponsored by father and son […]

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