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 By Marianne Goodland    News    May 11, 2022 

General Assembly set to adjourn on May 11

The 2022 General Assembly adjourns for the year on Wednesday, May 11, having worked on 655 bills, including 100 introduced in the session’s final month. Among the actions in the last full week: the House reviewed Senate Bill 230, a bill that would...

 
 By Marianne Goodland    News    May 4, 2022

Democrats opt to give commissioners more control in light of financial impact of SB 230

Senate Democrats, faced with a threat of more than 24 hours of debate on a bill on collective bargaining, watered the bill down on April 29th to one that puts more control into the hands of county commissioners. That debate came two days after...

 

Rewrite of HB 1260 approved unanimously by education committee

A bill to help students with severe behavioral issues and other needs shows just how caught in the middle kids are: on one side, parents who are frustrated with the lack of available medically necessary services for their children with disabilities...

 

Illegal ponds and fire suppression efforts raise questions on compliance

Should illegal ponds be tapped to combat wildfires? A month ago, the answer was a clear “yes,” but when Senate Bill 114 came to the House Agriculture, Livestock and Water Committee last week, it wasn’t so clear. The bill is now raising...

 

Proposed budget adds $783 million in spending; $503 million intended for education

The Senate wrapped up its work on the 2022-23 State budget, adding a whopping $783 million in new spending, but the bulk of those changes are unlikely to make it to the final version. The biggest change was an amendment from Senators Barbara...

 

Sonnenberg-sponsored SB 53 faces uncertain future in State House

Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, won a surprising 23-10 vote on Senate Bill 53, which would allow a patient in a hospital or nursing home to have a family member visit during a pandemic. The March 29 vote was bipartisan, with 13 Democrats and...

 

Pandemic bill, Sonnenberg's SB 53, gains approval in State Senate

Emotional stories from Democratic lawmakers who lost loved ones to COVID-19 was enough to garner a preliminary voice of approval on March 25 on a hospital visitation bill from Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, Senate Bill 53 was approved on a...

 

HB 1129, income tax surplus bill, clears House Finance Committee

Representative Rod Pelton, R-Cheyenne Wells, scored a bipartisan victory in the House Finance Committee on March 17, with approval of House Bill 1129. The bill sets up a one-time income tax credit of surplus general funds — the dollars the state ge...

 

Controlled burn bill, "Darcy's Last Call Act," heads to Appropriations Committee

Farmers and ranchers would be required to notify their local fire departments when they do controlled burns, under a bill that won approval from the House Energy and Environment Committee last week. House Bill 1132 would apply to anyone attempting a...

 

Ag & Natural Resources Committee rejects pesticide regulation bill

The State Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee resoundingly rejected a bill that would have allowed local governments to regulate pesticide use in their communities, after a nine-hour hearing and 93 witnesses. The bill’s sponsors,...

 

SB 53 gains approval from State, Veterans and Military Affairs Comm.

The effort to allow hospital visitations during a pandemic took a large leap forward this week, when the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, on a 3-2 vote, greenlighted Senate Bill 53. Sponsored by Senator Jerry Sonnenberg,...

 

Amendments to be made to SB 114, fire suppression pond bill

A bill that would allow illegal ponds to remain undrained in order for the water to be used for wildfire suppression got its first hearing in the past week in the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.  Senate Bill 114 would allow those...

 

Microgrid bill passes House Energy & Environment committee 11-1

A bill to create a grant program for microgrids, sponsored by Representative Rod Pelton, R-Cheyenne Wells, recently won a 11-1 vote from the House Energy & Environment Committee. House Bill 1013 sets up the Microgrids for Community Resilience Grant...

 

Lawmakers hear from families pleading to see loved ones during pandemic

A hearing on Feb. 1, featuring emotional testimony from families who’ve been barred from seeing loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes during the pandemic, gave second wind to a bill by Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling. Senate Bill 53 was...

 

Northeastern's lawmakers face full first week of committee hearings

It will be a busy week ahead for the lawmakers from northeastern Colorado, with the first full week of committee hearings, including four bills sponsored by Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, and Representative Rod Pelton, R-Cheyenne Wells. But...

 

Senator Sonnenberg co-sponsors UNC medical school bill

By Marianne Goodland Legislative Reporter The bill that would open the door to the University of Northern Colorado to have its own medical school was introduced in the State Senate on Jan. 18. Senate Bill 56 is sponsored by Senator Jerry Sonnenberg,...

 

Polis' Jan. 13 State of the State kicks off 2022 legislative session

The Colorado General Assembly got underway for its 2022 session on Wednesday, Jan. 12 and Governor Jared Polis gave his fourth State of the State address on Jan. 13. The speech reflected the priorities the governor and Democrats in control of the...

 

2022 legislative session set to open Wednesday, Jan. 12

The 2022 General Assembly session, which begins its 120-day run on Wednesday, Jan. 12, will be the last year in the legislature for state Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling. He intends to go out with a bang, sponsoring a measure that could be...

 

Rep. Rod Pelton goes 12-for-13 in his third legislative session

Representative Rod Pelton, R-Cheyenne Wells, finished up his third legislative session as one of the most effective members of the Republican House caucus. Twelve of the 13 measures he sponsored headed to the Governor’s desk, his best year ever....

 

Sonnenberg dubs session most frustrating of 15-year career

With just one more year left as a State lawmaker, State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling finds the most-recently concluded General Assembly session to be one of the most frustrating in his 15 years. “There were things we did that were good, to...

 

Far-right tries to give McKean the boot as session concludes

The 2021 legislative session concluded on June 8, with the last day featuring a drawn-out debate over a climate change bill and a failed effort to boot the House Minority leader by far-right members of the Republican caucus. The bill that would have...

 
 By Marianne Goodland    News    June 9, 2021

Indian mascot bill passes House & Senate; heads to Polis' desk

This is the final week of the 2021 legislative session; by law, legislatures must adjourn by Saturday, June 12, although they are not expected to go much beyond Wednesday, June 9. It’s been a busy week, with more than 200 bills still awaiting...

 
 By Marianne Goodland    News    June 2, 2021

"Public Option" returns to House after premium target reduction

The 2021 Colorado General Assembly is in its final weeks, with an adjournment mandated by law no later than June 12. It is likely, however, that lawmakers will head home sooner than that, possibly as early as Monday, June 7. The past week has been a...

 
 By Marianne Goodland    News    May 26, 2021

Indian mascot bill in House Education on Thursday

The bill to ban the use of Indian mascots in Colorado public schools and public colleges and universities took a major step forward on May 20. That’s when the House Education Committee approved Senate Bill 116 and sent it to the full House for...

 
 By Marianne Goodland    News    May 19, 2021

Sonnenberg questions amendments to third gun control bill

The third of three gun control bills has started through the Colorado Senate in the past week, with the third focused on allowing local governments to enact ordinances on gun control stricter than current State law. Senate Bill 256 allows those...

 

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