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♦Mid-Session Review and Caucus update

Weekly Update   ♦Upcoming Bills   ♦Press Releases

♦In the News   ♦Tweets of the Week   ♦Capitol Pictures

Mid-Session Review and Caucus Agenda Update

By House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland)

We are half-way through the 2015 session and so far it has been moderate compared to years past. Republicans continue to fight for limited government and individual freedoms and as of right now there has been no legislation considered harmful to our constituents that has made it to the governor's desk.

Additionally, many of our caucus' bills to create better schools, provide more public safety, increase the number of jobs and boost our economy, and help create a responsible state government are still making their way through the process. However, several have also been killed by Democrats who are either unwilling or unable to recognize the needs of average Coloradans. Below is a review of the bills we announced at the beginning of the year and where they stand at the midpoint of the 2015 legislative session:

Click here for a copy of our mid-session review packet.

Education

HB-1200 – (Priola/Hill)

The Greatest Resources for Education are Teachers (GREAT) Act creates a four-year grant program enabling school districts to offer salary bonuses to attract and retain the highest rated teachers to Colorado's lowest performing schools.

Introduced and assigned to the House Education and Appropriations Committees.

HB-1104 – (Navarro)

Mirrors a federal tax deduction for teachers, which was repealed in 2013. The bill provides a $250 deduction to offset the cost of books, supplies and computer equipment that is paid for by the teacher for use in their classroom.

Passed the House Finance Committee and referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

 

HB-1058 – (Becker J./Sonnenberg)

Would have allocated future budget surpluses to K-12 and higher education to help pay down the negative factor.

Killed by Democrats on party-line vote. 

Public Safety and Victim Protection

HB-1043 – (Saine & McCann/Cooke & Johnston)

Gives district attorneys the option to prosecute a third DUI in seven years if certain aggravators are present or a fourth in a lifetime as a Class 4 felony.

Passed the House Judiciary Committee and referred to Finance.

 

HB-1031 – (Windholz/Todd)

Ensures Colorado regulates and taxes powdered alcohol like liquid alcohol once it receives federal approval.

Passed in the Senate and awaiting repassage in the House.

 

HB-1174 – (Carver/Woods)

Protects the records of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Passed the House and introduced in the Senate.

Jobs and the Economy

HB-1172 – (DelGrosso)

Would have eliminated Punitive Damage awards authorized under HB13-1136 to level the playing field between small business and the government.

Killed by Democrats on party-line vote.

 

HB-1176 – (Tate)

Would have limited the authority of the Department of Labor and Employment to conduct audits or investigations to the intial purpose of the audit or investigation.

Killed by Democrats on party-line vote.

 

HB-1157 – (Willett & Pabon/Heath & Merrifield)

Creates an economic working group that will make policy recommendations with the aim of stimulating economically distressed areas of Colorado.

Passed House Business Affairs and referred to Appropriations.

 

HB-1177 – (Willett & Becker K./Donovan)

Creates the rural economic development initiative grant program to create resiliency and economic growth in rural communities.

Passed House Business Affairs and referred to Appropriations. 

Responsible Government

HB-1109 – (DelGrosso)

Protects previously authorized transportation funding from SB 09-228 for a full five years.

Introduced and assigned to Finance and Appropriations.

 

HB-1119 – (Buck)

Would have required counties that enact fracking bans to compensate mineral rights owners for the loss of access to their property.

Killed by Democrats on party-line vote.

 

SB-019 – (Sonnenberg & Jahn/Nordberg)

Expands the Colorado Office of the State Auditor's oversight of Connect for Health Colorado.

Introduced in the House and assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services.

We appreciate you taking the time to read our newsletter and encourage you to address concerns with your respective representative. You can keep up with all of our updates by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or visiting www.coloradohousegop.com.

Sincerely,

Brian DelGrosso

House GOP Weekly Update

Representative Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) gives the weekly House GOP Update for the week of February 2-6th. 

Click here to view previous weekly updates.

Upcoming Bills of Interest

Senate Bill 019 -- Health Exchange Audit

Representative Dan Nordberg

Tuesday, March 10, 1:30pm, House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee

House Bill 1200 -- Highly Effective Teachers & Low-performing Schools

Representative Kevin Priola

Wednesday, March 11, upon adjournment, House Education Committee

House Bill 1143 -- Tax Incentive For Home Health Care

Representative Kathleen Conti

Wednesday, March 11, 1:30pm, House Finance Committee

Press Releases

In the News

 Tweets of the Week  

My bill for water storage on the South Platte, HB15-1167, was passed out of the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee on an 11 to 2 vote. It goes to the Appropriations Committee now because it has a pretty hefty fiscal note, but there is no more important issue in Colorado than to store water that is going out of state that can legally be used by Colorado.

Spoke this morning to students participating in Colorado close up @CoSocialStudies Enjoyed the time with a smart group of CO HS Students

Capitol Pictures

House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) holds a press conference to discuss the progress of the legislative session at its midpoint.

 

Representative Kevin Priola (R-Henderson) presents one of his bills from the well on the House Floor without the support of a leg brace. Rep. Priola suffered a severe leg injury in a skiing accident shortly before session began in January and will not be able to put weight on his leg for three more weeks.

House Republicans stand up in unison to support House Bill 1114 during debate on the House Floor. 

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