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This Week at the Capitol: March 26-30

Author: Marianne Goodland - March 26, 2018 - Updated: April 6, 2018

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The gold dome of Colorado's state Capitol gleams in the sunlight on May 9, 2016. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)The gold dome of Colorado’s state Capitol gleams in the sunlight on May 9, 2016. (Photo by Ernest Luning/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 House will take up the Long Appropriations Bill, which is scheduled to be introduced on Monday, March 26.

 

MONDAY

House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 271

Senate Bill 143, increasing fees on hunting, fishing and state parks to increase revenue to the state division of parks and wildlife.

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

Two bills that directly conflict with each other. These bills both relate to a change in tax law that was included in the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in December.

House Bill 1209: to bar the use of 529 accounts for K-12 expenses.

House Bill 1221: to allow an income tax deduction for 529 accounts for K-12 expenses.

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

Senate Bill 146, requiring consumer notices, including the cost of services, for freestanding emergency rooms.

 

TUESDAY

House Appropriations Committee, 7:30 a.m., Room LSB-A

Any bills referred to the committee, likely the Long Appropriations Bill and accompanying bills sponsored by the Joint Budget Committee.

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

House Bill 1206: “Live and Let Live,” a bill to allow the free exercise of religion, including the right to discriminate based on religious beliefs.

 

WEDNESDAY

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

Appointment to Juvenile Parole Board of Heidi Jeanne Hess of Clifton, Colorado, to serve as a public member not employed by the State of Colorado. Hess’s re-appointment last year to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was rejected by Senate Republicans and plays a role in the decision to offer Senate Bill 43.

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

House Bill 1046, to allow transgender individuals to change birth certificates without reassignment surgery.

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

Senate Bill 193, which would enact sweeping changes to the state’s ability to dictate licensing for professional occupations. For action only.

 

THURSDAY

Senate Education Committee, 1;30 p.m., SCR 352

Senate Bill 215, to add $10 million to funding for rural schools in 2018-19.

Senate Bill 206, requires the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado School of Mines to admit 100 percent of academically qualified first-year students (CU and CSU are already required to do so). Increases the limit on the admission of foreign students at these institutions to 15 percent.

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

House Bill 1263, adding autism and acute pain to the categories for medical marijuana prescriptions.

House Bill 1286, allowing school nurses to give medical marijuana to students for which it is prescribed.

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

Senate Bill 55, increasing court fines for trafficking of children.

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.