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This Week at the Capitol: April 2-6

Author: Marianne Goodland - April 2, 2018 - Updated: April 12, 2018

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CapitolThe Colorado Capitol, home to the General Assembly and other high jinks. (Photo by Joey Bunch/Colorado Politics)

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.

This week, the Senate will take up the Long Appropriations Bill, which is likely to be introduced on Monday, April 2.

 

MONDAY

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

House Bill 1232: new public school funding distribution formula. Background here.

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

Senate Bill 143, increases fees for the Division of Parks and Wildlife; requires DPW to develop a pass system for those who enter state parks by means other than a vehicle, such as biking or walking.

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

Senate Bill 211, licensing of marijuana consumption clubs.

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

House Bill 1065, to strengthen discipline for employees of the Department of Human Services who harm vulnerable persons when the harm does not rise to the level of a criminal offense.

 

TUESDAY

Senate Appropriations Committee, 7:35 a.m., Room 357

The Long Appropriations Bill and its 18 accompanying measures could be heard at this Tuesday morning meeting although they are not currently listed on the calendar. The appropriations committee is the committee of reference for the Long Bill package, which means public testimony can be taken at this hearing on any of those measures.

House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee, upon adjournment, Room 107

House Bill 1300: to grant Aims Community College the authority to offer a bachelor of science in nursing degree, similar to the bill that Gov. John Hickenlooper allowed to become law without his signature on March 23. The significant difference between the two measures is that Aims would seek approval from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Background here.

House Judiciary Committee, upon adjournment, Room 112

Senate Bill 68, to prohibit “swatting.” Background here.

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

Senate Bill 14, to require the Department of Corrections to disclose inmate locations. Background here.

 

WEDNESDAY

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

Senate Bill 108, to renew Senate Bill 13-251, which allowed undocumented residents to obtain drivers’ licenses and to further allow the use of Social Security numbers for those purposes.

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

Senate Bill 116, Capitol identification card, which would allow those who pay $500 for a two-year period to bypass Capitol security checkpoints.

Executive Committee of the Legislative Council, 3 p.m., Room 109

Presentation on the legislative workplace study, to include an executive session.

 

THURSDAY

House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, upon adjournment, LSB-A

Senate Bill 15, to protect homeowners from squatting. Background here.

House Transportation & Energy Committee, upon adjournment., Room 112

Senate Bill 144, to allow cyclists to use what’s known as the Idaho stop. Background here.

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

House Bill 1286, to allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana under certain conditions.

House Bill 1263, to add autism and acute pain to the conditions for which a medical marijuana license can be issued.

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.