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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

♦Republican Leader Neville's Opening Day Remarks
 ♦House GOP Weekly Update   Recent Press  
♦In the News   ♦Member Tweets   ♦Capitol Pictures
Republican Leader Neville's Opening Day Remarks

Republican Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock)

Madam Speaker, Madam Majority Leader, esteemed colleagues and honored guests, welcome to the First Regular Session of the 71st General Assembly. I would like to congratulate our returning members and all of the newest members for winning the support of their district. Representatives Beckman, Benavidez, Bridges, Catlin, Coleman, Covarrubias, Exum, Gray, Hansen, Herod, Hooton, Jackson, Kennedy, Lewis, Liston, Mckean, McLachlan, Michaelson Jenet, Valdez, Weissman, and Williams. I remember my first day, and it will go fast, make sure you take a moment to look around and let this amazing experience sink in. Serving in the state legislature is a distinct honor, and I look forward to working with all of you...

I would like to thank Marilyn Eddins for her role in the continued renovation of this chamber and the state capitol. I would also like to thank the teams from Spectrum, GH Phipps, and Fransen and Pittman, and the members of the capitol complex who have worked around the clock to ensure this historic building was ready for this session. Thank you for your hard work, we all appreciate it...

House GOP Weekly Update

“Speaker Duran is already at odds with her commitment to bipartisanship and inclusiveness when in just the first week of session she sends Republican bills that support the Second Amendment, provide religious freedom, increase government transparency, reduce burdens on businesses, help ranchers and farmers and better protect students to her kill committee,” said House Republican Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock). “I highlighted many of these issues in my opening day remarks because they are important to millions of Coloradans, and it’s very disappointing to see Speaker Duran begin this session so unwilling to work with Republicans.”  

In The News
  • The Supreme Court is raising serious doubts about Colorado’s practice of not refunding court fees and other costs to people who are convicted of crimes but later exonerated. Most justices hearing arguments in the case on Monday, January 9, seemed concerned that refusing to refund the money violates due process rights. (" Supreme Court justices skeptical over Colorado refusal to refund court fees," Associated Press, 01/10/2017)

  • Colorado’s Department of Corrections is wasting as much as $44 million annually because it has not fixed problems in a treatment program intended to prepare sex offenders for release from prison, a recent state audit found. (" Colorado wasting as much as $44 million a year in sex-offender program, audit says," Denver Post, 01/10/2017)

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper used his annual State of the State address Thursday, January 12, to implore legislators to do something about the state’s “aging and insufficient infrastructure,” particularly roads — but said any revenue boost should be done without cutting from the existing budget, contrasting with plans being advanced by Colorado Republican leaders. ("Hickenlooper seeks road funding, construction-defects reform in State of State speech,"  Denver Business Journal, 01/12/2017)

  • Just because bureaucrats say, “We’re from the government, we’re here to help” doesn’t mean they’re here to pay the bills, even when the government caused the problem, The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday, January13, it can’t be sued for the $1.2 billion in damages it caused with the Gold King Mine spill in southwest Colorado in 2015. (" EPA on Gold King Mine spill: We don’t have to pay for our mess," Colorado Politics, 01/13/2017)

GOP Member Tweets

Kim Ransom @KimRansom

Big crowd at the March for Life today. I'm grateful to be here. @ Colorado State Capitol

Dan Nordberg @RepNordberg

Great man and true American hero. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

#coleg #copolitics #MLKDAY

Jon Becker @RepJBecker

State Human Services just requested $235,000 to replace 12 shower heads. Needless to say we need much more info. #statewaste #nowayinheck

Clarice Navarro @ClariceHD47

We differ greatly, but it was my honor to escort @GovofCO for the State of the State @GOP @ColoSenGOP @COHouseGOP @ChieftanNews #coleg

Capitol Pictures

Representatives Terri Carver (R-Colorado Springs), Kim Ransom (R-Douglas County), Perry Buck (R-Windsor), Clarice Navarro (R-Pueblo) and former House Majority Leader Amy Stephens (R-Colorado Springs) at the Colorado Women's Legislative Caucus Reception.
House members being sworn in on the opening day of the 2017 legislative session.
The House unanimously rises in support of a resolution recognizing the life and contribution of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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