This Week at the Capitol: April 29 – May 4

Author: Marianne Goodland - April 30, 2018 - Updated: May 10, 2018

CapitolThe gold dome of Colorado’s Capitol glistens in the sunlight. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

Note: beginning Tuesday, April 30, the Senate will route all bills, regardless of topic, through one of three committees: Finance, Appropriations and/or State, Veterans and Military Affairs. This decision is based on the General Assembly reaching the last ten days of the 2018 legislative session.

Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert of Parker said that as of Tuesday, when a bill is assigned to State Affairs, normally referred to as a “kill” committee, it should not be taken as a sign that the bill is destined for trouble. The State Affairs committee will become a “catch-all” for bills that don’t require approval from the Finance Committee. 

In addition, the usual caution that committee schedules are subject to change now also applies to bills; some will be assigned to a committee with little warning, other than an announcement from  legislative leaders on the House or Senate floor.

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.



House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 107

Senate Bill 42: agricultural workforce development program.

House Finance Committee, 1:30 p.m., LSB-A

House Bill 1230: creation of work status for immigrants

Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 352

House Bill 1077, penalty for burglary of firearms.

House Bill 1273, protect state residents from federal government overreach.

House Bill 1207, hospital financial transparency measures.

House Bill 1260: prescription drug price transparency.

Senate Bill 264: prohibit public school teacher strikes.

House Bill 1001: FAMLI family medical leave insurance program.



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

Senate Bill 278: increase penalty For first responder assaults.

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

House Bill 1309: educator shortages

House Bill 1412, retaining teachers grant program

House Bill 1212: freestanding emergency departments licensure

House Bill 1297: climate change preparedness & resiliency

House Bill 1128: protections for consumer data privacy



Senate Finance Committee, upon adjournment, Room 352

House Bill 1413, create school safety grant program.

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

Senate Bill 1: Transportation funding



Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, upon adjournment, Room 357

House Bill 1318: require presidential candidates to disclose tax returns.

House Bill 1368: local control of minimum wage.

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.