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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandApril 16, 20184min213

Here are the legislative committee hearings of note for the week ahead at 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

House Education Committee, 1:30 p.m. Room 112

House Bill 1379, School Finance Act.
House Bill 1391, prevention of sexual misconduct on college campuses.

House Finance Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 271

Senate Bill 200, reforms to Public Employees Retirement Association pension. Background here.

 

WEDNESDAY

House Education Committee, upon adjournment, Room 112

House Bill 1232, new school funding formula, for action only. Background here.

House Local Government Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 107

House Bill 1368, local control of minimum wage.

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

Senate Bill 192, to make local governments financially liable to mineral rights owners when the government bans fracking. Background here.

House 1318, to require presidential candidates to provide tax returns in order to qualify for Colorado ballot.

Senate Judiciary Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 352

House Bill 1256, sunset review, Colorado Division of Civil Rights and Civil Rights Commission. Background here.

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

Nomination of Charles Frederick Garcia to the Civil Rights Commission, replacing Heidi Hess, who resigned. Background here.

Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee, 2 p.m., Room 354

House Bill 1187, allowing FDA-approved CBD oil. Background here.

 

THURSDAY

House Transportation & Energy Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 112

House Joint Resolution 1016, to designate I-25 within the city and county of Denver as Barack Obama Highway

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

House Bill 1157, reporting requirements on oil & gas incidents.

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

House Bill 1263, to add autism and chronic pain to allowable conditions for which medical marijuana can be prescribed.



Joey BunchJoey BunchMay 2, 20174min164

The Colorado legislative session is as much about politics. That’s how we get doomed bills on new taxes, sanctuary cities, banning Columbus Day, guns on campus and replace school uniforms with tie-dye Grateful Dead T-shirts.

That last one’s a joke. but it would have had at least as good a chance as House Bill 1328 stood Monday, when it flat-lined on a party-line vote in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

That was a formality, because it was walking dead over from the Democratic-led House to the Republican-led Senate. It was a zombie bill. You can’t mourn when a zombie bill dies. It was already dead.

Colorado bill that would require presidential candidates to release tax returns advances

Republicans were never going to OK legislation that would be Colorado’s official nose-thumbing to the GOP president. The bill would have required future presidents and vice presidents to show their federal tax returns in Colorado. That would make it official that the General Assembly thinks Trump pulled a fast one.

Trump said he would release his returns during the campaign, once an audit is finished, but now he thinks those who want to see them are pulling a political stunt and he’s evasive on whether he’ll do it. Democrats had a whole big rally about it in Civic Center park in Denver a couple of weeks ago.

Partisan loyalty endures nearly all, even if Trump did insinuate the state GOP was either phony or unfair during the campaign, after he didn’t get any of the state’s delegates to the Republican National Convention. And some or all of the delegation, depending on who you believe now, even walked out on the RNC in protest of Trump.

Red is the color of blood, however, and blood is thicker than water.

The Senate Democrats sent out a press release Monday evening. They said its life mattered because of Trump’s alleged “ties to foreign powers, including China and Russia.”

“We need to start rebuilding the blocks of trust between the government and the public back up, and simply ensuring Colorado voters know exactly who candidates for the highest office in the land are beholden to is a simple request,” said Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, a declared candidate for Congress next year.

“Regardless of who you voted for this past election, the policy of this bill is not about any one person, but about making our politics more transparent. I was just surprised at my Republican colleagues for reacting in such a negative way to more transparency in our politics.”


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Peter MarcusApril 17, 20175min322
Democrats on Monday advanced a measure that would require presidential candidates to disclose complete income tax returns in the wake of President Trump’s refusal to do so. House Bill 1328 passed the House Finance Committee on a party-line 7-5 vote. The legislation faces an uphill battle in the divided legislature. The bill would require candidates for […]

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