Lawmakers debated four hours over Senate amendments to both gun control-bills Wednesday
DENVER – A bill limiting ammunition magazine capacity to 15 rounds passed from the House to Gov. John Hickenlooper – but a second bill requiring universal background checks for all gun transfers was detoured Wednesday to be tweaked.
“Democrats are out of touch,” said House Minority Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs). “More than 200,000 Coloradans are out of work but Democrats are more concerned with passing legislation that will send hundreds of jobs out of our state without any increase in public safety to show for it.” Read more »
Some of the controversial bills will be sent back to the House for further consideration
DENVER– Democrat Senate leadership called the five gun-control bills approved on Monday “solutions” to gun violence. Republicans argued that the bills erode 2nd Amendment rights and make law-abiding Coloradans less safe. Read more »
Lawmakers are expected to approve a package of gun control bills on Monday
DENVER– The Senate will vote Monday on the final passage of five gun-control bills – If passed, three will soon arrive on the desk of Governor John Hickenlooper to be signed into law.
Hickenlooper has already indicated his support for universal background gun checks, fees or taxes for background checks, and ammunition magazine limits. Read more »
Lawmakers have questioned Hickenlooper’s decision to appoint a union official as a UNC trustee
DENVER– If it’s tough to pin down Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on gun-control legislation, a bigger challenge is assessing his support for unions. Though Hickenlooper has distanced himself from a pro-union bill, he appointed a teachers’ union boss to become a university trustee. Read more »
Hudak’s comments have created a firestorm of criticism in recent days, and sent the left scrambling to change the subject
DENVER – Before the marathon debate over seven gun-control bills in the Senate began Friday, reports surfaced that a bill to ban concealed carry weapons on college campuses may be withdrawn because of the loud protest against controversial remarks made by Democrat legislators. Read more »
CALL: Senator Hudak has become an embarrassment to Colorado
DENVER – State GOP Chairman Ryan Call today condemned Democrat state Sen. Evie Hudak for making “inappropriate and insensitive remarks” to a rape victim who testified against a bill that would ban concealed carry permitted handguns on college campuses.
“Senator Hudak has become an embarrassment to Colorado and a distraction in the State Senate,” said Call. “Her condescending attitude toward this young woman is not only reprehensible, it is indicative of the attitude of Colorado Democrats who think they know better.” Read more »
HUDAK: “Statistics are not on your side”
DENVER– Despite hearing life-and-death stories of rape victims who begged legislators not to take away their right to carry concealed weapons on college campuses, a Democrat controlled Senate panel did just that late Monday night.
Those who carry concealed weapons “increase the severity of a crime, increase the likelihood of death,” declared state Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster). Read more »
Sen. Steve King (R-Grand Jct.) asked the committee to grant eight hours to the state Auditor to reassess targeted CEO records (CNA photo)
DENVER– A scathing audit of the Colorado Energy Office left questions of fraud unanswered – but Democrat members of the Legislative Audit Committee flatly rejected Republicans’ request for a follow up investigation into the green energy entity.
“The Audit committee is a decidedly nonpartisan committee, so the fact that we can’t look further into $252 million of unaccountable spending based on a party line vote is unacceptable,” said Sen. Steve King (R-Grand Junction). Read more »
Proponents said the law was antiquated, while opponents argued it is an important tool for prosecutors
DENVER– The House approved a bill that would strip adultery and “promoting sexual immorality” provisions from state statutes. But, Republican lawmakers argued the measure would impede law enforcement from arresting pimps, panderers and perpetrators of human trafficking. Read more »
Brophy said he’s learned of cases where citizens were assessed a “huge bill” for requests made through CORA
DENVER– The Senate passed a bill Tuesday to “reform” the Colorado Open Records Act to broaden government transparency, but the potential costs dismayed several Republican lawmakers who want clarity of its impact on citizens.
In a procedural move, five Republican senators demanded a factual fiscal note before the bill moved forward to its final vote – and ultimate passage. They voiced concerns that the bill would result in massive fee increases for public records – and be inconsistently applied by jurisdictions. Read more »