This Week at the Capitol for January 22-26, 2018

Author: Marianne Goodland - January 21, 2018 - Updated: January 21, 2018

legislature (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

Here are the legislative committee hearings of note for the week ahead in 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 & Natural Resources Committee, 1:30 p.m. HCR 0107

House Bill 1008: Mussels-free Colorado Act, to contain invasive mussels species at Colorado waterways, background here.

House Bill 1053: reclaimed water use for marijuana cultivation, one of four bills introduced that would allow the use of domestic wastewater that has been filtered and disinfected, for other uses. This bill would allow it for irrigation of marijuana plants.

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

Senate Bill 014, to require the Dept. of Corrections (DOC) to disclose the location of out-of-state inmates. This relates back to James Holmes, the Aurora Theater shooter, who was moved to a Pennsylvania prison early in 2017. DOC refused for two months to disclose his location.



Senate Local Government Committee, 1:30 p.m. SCR 354

Senate Bill 10, mandates that landlords must provide tenants with copies of their leases and rent receipts

Senate Finance Committee,  2 p.m., SCR 357

Senate Bill 88, which would fix the unintentional marijuana tax error from last year’s omnibus rural Colorado bill. Background here.

Senate Transportation Committee, 2 p.m., SCR 352

Senate Bill 1, transportation infrastructure funding, the top priority of Senate Republicans. Background here.



House Finance Committee, Upon adjournment, LSB-A

House Bill 1035, to increase the state’s general fund reserve, sponsored by beleaguered state Rep. Steve Lebsock of Thornton; it will be interesting to see if any of his bills in this session survive committee hearings. Lebsock’s bills don’t yet have Senate sponsors, one sign that these measures may face an uphill struggle.

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

House Bill 1030, Republicans’ annual attempt to prohibit mandatory union membership in union-controlled shops

House Bill 1106, which would allow employers to negotiate wages with employees, an effort to waive the state’s minimum wage law.

House Transportation & Energy Committee, 1:30 p.m. HCR 0112

House Bill 1018, to require commercial trucking schools to educate drivers on how to spot human trafficking.

Senate State Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, 1:30 p.m. SCR 352

Senate Bill 049, on prohibiting the use of cellphones while driving. This extends the current prohibition, which applies only to drivers under the age of 18, to all drivers. Its assignment to the kill committee is not a positive. However, its its sponsor, Democratic Sen. Lois Court of Denver, was able to get the 2017 bill out of the same committee, so its demise is not a given.



House Judiciary Committee, 1:30 p.m. HCR 0112

House Bill 1041, adding the crime of cruelty to a police horse to the same category that currently includes service animals and police dogs.

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

Senate Bill 013, bars lunch “shaming” for grades six through eight. Current law allows the state to provide free lunches for children enrolled in early childhood education, kindergarten and through grade five.

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.