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A little better than nothing

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The first bill to be introduced in this year’s legislative session, SB 10-001, sponsored by Senate President Brandon Shaffer and Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, is intended to fix the acute financial problems of the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association. PERA is the long-established defined-benefit retirement plan to which almost all public school, municipal, and… Continue Reading A little better than nothing

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Drug war

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‘Patient’ battle to be fought in legislature Bills controlling the sale and use of medical marijuana were filed earlier this week, but the debate remains surprisingly calm. Sen. Chris Romer (D-Denver) and Rep. Tom Massey (R-Chaffee) are working on bills that both sides —  state officials and medical marijuana advocates — say address most of the issues. There is one… Continue Reading Drug war

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Bills introduced in the opening days of the General Assembly: – House Bill 10-1023 Sponsored by Mark Waller (R-El Paso) This bill carries civil liability for employers who hire people with criminal records. The bill prohibits information regarding an employee’s criminal history from being introduced as evidence in a civil action against an employer if… Continue Reading Health insurance, background checks, state cuts top legislative list

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Attorney General John Suthers is asking for federal reimbursement of the price of incarcerating illegal immigrants in the state of Colorado. The General Assembly passed a law in 2006 instructing the attorney general to actively seek federal reimbursement under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program for the costs of keeping illegal immigrants in prison. “Colorado… Continue Reading AG seeks federal payback

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As the General Assembly opens this morning for the 2010 session, elected officials are facing the grim task of cutting nearly every area of state government. And no one thinks the session is going to be particularly friendly for business, higher education or Medicaid. Legislators are considering tax increases, the end of enterprise zones, curtailing… Continue Reading General Assembly opens with budget, business issues

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Gov. Bill Ritter and Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer unveiled three job-training bills that will be introduced during the 2010 legislative session. The legislation includes a job retraining program, incentives for creating health care jobs in rural areas and a nursing school-loan forgiveness program. “It all begins with a good job,” Shaffer said. “At the capitol, we’re… Continue Reading Job training bills focus on nursing loans, employee accounts

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Two El Paso County legislators received a zero grade for their conservation votes from environmental advocate Colorado Conservation Voters. David Schultheis and Bill Cadmen both received zero percent, the first time any lawmaker received that designation since 2001. Scott Renfroe received the other zero score. The Conservation Scorecard catalogues votes cast by state lawmakers on 13 pieces… Continue Reading El Paso legislators rated for environmental votes

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Wind energy has received a favorable report from the Department of Labor, just as Colorado made the list of top 10 states for wind energy production and the General Assembly considers new “green” energy legislation during the final days of the session. The DOE study shows that renewable electricity standard would reduce fuel prices for all sectors,… Continue Reading Renewable energy receives favorable support state, federal levels

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