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House GOP Newsletter  
Monday, March 14, 2016 Like 

♦Mid-Session Review ♦Video Weekly Update  ♦Upcoming Bills  

Press Releases In the News 

♦Tweets of the Week  ♦Capitol Pictures

House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso - Loveland (51)

Mid-Session Review

By House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland)

We are half-way through the session, and yet it feels like we have not yet gotten started. Though we have yet to discuss most of our more-weighty issues, House Republicans have continued to fight for lean and transparent government, responsible use of taxpayer dollars, and prioritization of funds for transportation. I am pleased that several Republican bills to streamline government and increase transparency have passed the legislature and are poised to become law. Additionally, many good caucus bills to improve government efficiency, protect the rights of crime victims, and the rights of all Coloradans are still making their way through the legislative process and we are hopeful for their passage. 

However, I am very disappointed to report that Democrats continue to kill good bills to prioritize transportation funding and protect the interests of small business owners. In fact, this is a theme beginning to develop for the session--the Democrat's war on business. While halting Republican efforts to ease the burden on Colorado business, Democrats continue to push bill after bill through committee to demonize Colorado's business owners and punish their success. I am disappointed that Democrats are still unwilling to exercise fiscal responsibility, but House Republicans will continue to fight to keep our economy healthy and practice restraint with taxpayer dollars.

Below is a review of the Republican Caucus Agenda bills that have been introduced so far in the 2016 legislative session: 

Transportation

HB 1138 – (Brown) Fulfills promise of SB 09-228 and ensures five consecutive years of general fund transfers to transportation. Killed by Democrats in State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on party-line vote. 

SB 122 – (Nordberg and Brown) Increases oversight and transparency of the Colorado Department of Transportation. Passed Senate, assigned to House Transportation and Energy Committee. 

Jobs and the Economy

HB 1114 – (DelGrosso) Repeals a state mandate requiring business owners complete a redundant verification form. Assigned to House Business Affairs and Labor Committee.

Lean, Efficient, and Responsible Government

HB 1181 – (Buck) Requires municipalities that enact a fracking ban to compensate affected mineral rights owners for their loss of access. Killed by Democrats in State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on party-line vote. 

HB 1026 – (Thurlow) and HB 1130—(Priola) Repeals obsolete reporting requirements. Passed House and Senate, awaiting governor's signature. 

HB 1346 – (Lawrence) Compels the judicial branch to comply with the Colorado Open Records Act, similar to the legislative and executive branches. Assigned to House State, Veterans, Military Affairs Committee.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. If you have thoughts about the Legislative Session thus far or any of our caucus bills, please contact me. You can keep up with all of our caucus updates by following us on Twitter and Instagram, liking us on Facebook or visiting www.COHouseGOP.com.

Sincerely,

Brian DelGrosso

Weekly Update

Representative Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock)discusses the unanimous passage of HB 1256 out of committee, the disappointing failure of 5 bills to support second amendment rights, an interesting floor vote, and an all-around eventful week at the State Capitol in this week's House GOP Weekly Update.

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Upcoming Bills

**Tuesday, March 15**

Business Affairs and Labor 

Public Health Care and Human Services 

**Wednesday, March 16**

Local Government

**Thursday, March 17**

Transportation and Energy

Press Releases

In the News

 Tweets of the Week 

Jon Becker

Listening to update on State Water Plan. Sad that it is easier to Buy & Dry ag land than to get permits for water storage! #needstatecontrol

House panel passed our bill. Trafficking a minor for commercial sexual exploitation is child abuse. Bill provides services and pathway out. HB1224


Minority Leader DelGrosso is at the well explaining why HB 1275 is a bad idea for Colorado jobs and businesses. #coleg #voteno

Capitol Pictures

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Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland), Assistant Minority Leader Polly Lawrence (R-Roxborough Park), and Minority Caucus Chair Lois Landgraf (R-Colorado Springs) address members of the press regarding the 2016 legislative mid-point.

Media preview

Minority Caucus Chair Lois Landgraf (R-Colorado Springs)'s HB 1112, bill to help veterans train their own service dogs passes committee .

Representative Dan Nordberg (R-Colorado Springs) with co-sponsor Representative Dominick Moreno, discussing his bill to divest PERA from companies that practice sanctions against Israel. The bill passed the House and Senate and awaits the governor's signature.

Representative Paul Lundeen's (R-Monument) bill to protect victims of child sex trafficking passes committee.

You can keep up with all of our updates by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or visiting COHouseGOP.com.

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