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Monday, February 27, 2017

♦Session Legislative Update    ♦House GOP Weekly Update
♦Recent Press   ♦Upcoming Legislation   ♦In the News
♦Member Tweets   ♦Capitol Pictures
Session Legislative Update

The first session of the 71st General Assembly is more than a third of the way through, here's a brief update on the House GOP's wins and losses.

Notable GOP bills passing the House

“Human trafficking continues to plague our state and our nation, and we cannot allow our statutes to fall behind this issue and impede law enforcement’s ability to fight this horrendous crime,” said bill sponsor Paul Lundeen. “Intercepting communications can be a vital tool for combating human trafficking, and by modernizing Colorado’s statutes, we ensure law enforcement can quickly obtain the necessary warrants to help save people held captive by traffickers.” 

Notable GOP bills killed in committee on party-lines 

“Business personal property taxes are taxes on items inside a business, and as a business owner I know first-hand how high taxation impedes business growth,” said bill sponsor Tim Leonard (R-Evergreen). “This bill would have reduced taxes and relieved businesses from an onerous tax, giving owners more money to expand, increase wages and add jobs in Colorado.”  
“More than twenty-thousand students are currently enrolled in districts that have consistently failed to provide a quality education, this bill would have given the parents of these students the choice to find a better alternative,” said bill sponsor Paul Lundeen (R-Monument).

“I trust women and I trust doctors and I think they should have all the information available to make the most informed decisions about possible health care,” said bill sponsor Justin Everett (R-Littleton).
“Today Coloradans suffered a double loss at the hands of the Democrats; the fracking moratorium they support deprives the state of revenue used to fund state healthcare, education, and roads – but when the government prevents a mineral owner from utilizing his or her resources, the mineral owner, their family and their community also suffer loss,” said bill sponsor Perry Buck (Windsor).
“Once again, Democrats showed their opposition to the Second Amendment and dismissed calls from millions of Coloradans to help improve school, workplace and individual safety," said House Republican Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock). Allowing teachers the ability to protect students in a deadly situation, or people the chance to defend themselves at their workplace, or simply giving an individual the ability to purchase any size magazine are all common-sense solutions to modern-day threats, and I am disappointed Democrats continue to reject these bills.”   
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In The News
  • Coloradans are getting in the fight over repealing newly enacted rules to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas wells on public lands. The rules, published in November, would require companies to capture methane they leak or vent. Besides keeping gases that contribute to global warming out of the atmosphere, proponents say the methane amounts to hundreds of millions in royalties that would support local governments. ("Methane rule before U.S. Senate attracts Colorado input," Colorado Politics, 02/24/17)

  • The world’s biggest miners are profit machines again, cashing in on soaring commodity prices and rewarding investors who stuck with them through a brutal downturn. BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s largest miner by market value, said Tuesday it had a profit of $3.2 billion for the second half of 2016 after posting a $5.7 billion loss in the year-earlier period. Anglo American PLC, the fifth-largest mining company, reported a profit of $1.6 billion for all of 2016, a dramatic rebound from 2015, when it lost $5.6 billion. ("Mining Companies Are Back in the Black," Wall Street Journal, 02/21/17)

  • A bill that would have closed a loophole that allows government agencies to access electronic communications, such as emails, without a warrant if the communications are older than 180 days was killed in committee on Tuesday. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Lois Landgraf, R-Fountain, said the decision to kill House Bill 1053 came as a surprise to her based on the diverse stakeholders, which included police officials and the American Civil Liberties Union, and the infringement on Fourth Amendment rights that is allowed by federal law. ("Bill protecting privacy of emails killed in committee," Durango Herald, 02/21/17)

  • More than one-third of the way through the state Legislature's 2017 session, Colorado Senate and House leaders still don't agree on several key details in their effort to increase transportation funding. But they are coming together on broader provision of what will and won’t be in a ballot measure they are looking to send to voters in November. ("Colorado lawmakers make some progress in road-funding talksenver Business Journal, 02/22/17)

GOP Member Tweets

Justin Everett @Everett4Colo

Great turnout and great energy here in Summit County! W/ @GeorgeBrauchler @CapitalCowboy @lynchrm #copolitcs  

Jon Becker @RepJBecker

Great night at Logan County Lincoln Day Dinner with @1suesharkey, @heidiganahl, Christal and Commissioner Pelton. Thanks Heidi for pic.  

Rep Clarice Navarro @ClariceHD47

@POTUS has a great nominee in Judge Gorsuch and exceptional legal scholar & judge who will serve the American people with integrity @GOP

Capitol Pictures

Assistant Republican Leader Cole Wist (R-Centennial) with Cole Givens,  a student from Fort Morgan High School who shadowed Wist as part of the Legislative Day program by the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented.
Representative Polly Lawrence (R-Roxborough Park) with Andy Sultan, a student from Sierra Middle School who shadowed Lawrence as part of the Legislative Day Program by the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented.
Representative Phil Covarrubias (R-Brighton), his two sons and his father, pose with Speaker Duran after his sons led the House daily Pledge of Allegiance.

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