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Industrial hemp legislation shows promise

Industrial hemp legislation shows promise

After years of failed attempts, 2013 could be the year industrial hemp slips the bonds of federal restrictions and becomes a legitimate crop for America’s farmers. Bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate during 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 — but never made it out of committee. But supporters have high hopes for this year.… Continue Reading Industrial hemp legislation shows promise

Colo. GOP’s beetle-kill timber bill questioned

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Colorado Republicans want to eliminate local restrictions they say stifle the sale of beetle-killed timber. But groups representing local governments say there are no such restrictions. That’s calling into question the validity of one of the centerpieces of the GOP’s jobs package this year. Republican Speaker of the House Frank McNulty used his speech to… Continue Reading Colo. GOP’s beetle-kill timber bill questioned

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Colorado Sen. Mark Udall has joined two other U.S. Senators to expand the availability of renewable energy leasing programs. Udall, Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, and Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican,  introduced the REAL Act to offer wider leasing options for residential solar and renewable energy products. “Making renewable energy more affordable for… Continue Reading Udall hopes to expand renewable leasing programs

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Transparency, standardization and efficiency. That’s what legislation this session would require insurance companies to include when writing policies. Here are some of the health care bills: House Bill 1038 seeks to establish a database of claims throughout the state to better understand how Colorado is spending its health care dollars. The information from the database… Continue Reading Insurance legislation both friend and foe to consumers

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 Four bills that business leaders say will drastically harm businesses and affect job creation are headed to the Senate after passing the state House of Representatives this morning. House Bill 1190 will suspend the exemption on energy used in processing and manufacturing, effective March 1. “Not only is the financial impact huge, but the lack… Continue Reading Legislation would kill business tax credits

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The House of Representatives advanced four small business bills last week, according to the National Association for the Self-Employed. H.R. 3014 would set aside $10 billion to guarantee financing for physicians who want to upgrade software and technology. H.R. 3738 would provide $250 million for new firms conducting agriculture research. H.R. 1839 would give $7… Continue Reading Legislation would expand SCORE, offer aid to physicians

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 It’s just a start, but Congress appears ready to help small businesses gain access to more capital. Last week the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Small Business Financing Investment Act (H.R. 3854), clearing the way for more small business financial resources. Congressional supporters said most Small Business Administration programs hadn’t been updated for 10… Continue Reading Congressional support for small biz capital

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has launched a $1 million television ad campaign in five states, including Colorado, to oppose what it calls the Employee Free Choice Act, also known as “Card Check,” which would change the rules for workers who want to forn a union. The business community says the legislation eliminates workers’ private… Continue Reading Card Check bill’s flaws advertised by U.S. Chamber

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A bill under consideration by legislators offers some reprieve for the state’s lagging horse and dog racing tracks. The Colorado Senate has advanced Senate Bill 174, designed to allow racetracks and off-track-betting parlors to accept wagers all year long on out-of-state greyhound races without the requirement of holding simultaneous in-state dog races. The bill also would lift… Continue Reading Colorado horse, dog tracks await legislation outcome

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