Highlights from the Legislature on Thursday:
- The House gave initial approval to a measure (House Bill 1001) that would require large utility companies to generate nearly one-third of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. The bill, one of the top priorities this year for Gov. Bill Ritter, faces a third reading before it goes to the Senate.
- The Senate confirmed the appointments of three people to the Colorado State University board of governors – Scott C. Johnson of Kit Carson, Ed J. Haselden of Castle Rock and Mary Lou Makepeace of Colorado Springs. All are Republicans.
- The Senate confirmed the appointment of Rico Munn to be executive director of Colorado Commission of Higher Education and the state Department of Higher Education.
- At the request of its sponsor, Sen. Suzanne Williams, the Senate Education Committee killed a proposal (Senate Bill 107) that would have required high schools to get permission to use American Indian mascots. Williams had previously announced plans to drop the bill and to instead work with the Colorado Indian Education Foundation and school districts on the issue over the summer.
- Require Gov. Bill Ritter to make across-the-board budget cuts (Senate Bill 168).
- Create a green jobs training program in the governor’s office and a green jobs advisory council (House Bill 1333).