Hickenlooper talked about gun control, as well as immigration and the looming sequester during his appearance
DENVER—Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper reiterated his support Sunday for universal background checks on firearms purchases but stopped short of endorsing any of the other gun-control proposals now rolling through the Democratic legislature. Read more »
SEX-ED: Debate on the bill Friday lasted only an hour, a far cry from Tuesday’s hard-fought four-hour slugfest
DENVER–The House passed legislation Friday offering grants to school districts that expand their K-12 sex-education curriculum to include gays, lesbians, transgendered, sexual-assault victims and others.
The 37-28 party-line vote came after an hour of emotionally charged debate as Republicans pleaded for Democrats to join them in opposing the bill. The legislation, House Bill 1081, now goes to the Senate. Read more »
The Colorado House is considering a bill offering grants to school districts that expand their sex-education curriculum
DENVER–The Colorado House is scheduled to take up Friday a bill offering grants to school districts that expand their sex-education curriculum to encompass a host of groups, including gays, lesbians, bisexuals, the transgendered, the disabled, sexual-assault victims and others. Read more »
Texas Governor Rick Perry is one of many out of state politicians now courting the Colorado company
DENVER–A dozen states are vying to welcome Magpul Industries if the company makes good on its vow to leave Colorado as a result of tough new gun-control legislation.
Officials from Alabama, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia have targeted Magpul, urging the company in letters to consider their states as its relocation destination. Read more »
House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) called Rep. Joe Salazar “a great legislator and person.”
DENVER–Women Republicans called Tuesday for House Speaker Mark Ferrandino to condemn state Rep. Joe Salazar’s floor remarks on rape and guns, but instead the Democratic leader did the opposite. Read more »
LAWRENCE: “Questioning a woman’s judgment over whether or not she is about to be raped is insensitive and insulting to women everywhere”
DENVER–The outcry over state Rep. Joe Salazar’s rape remarks intensified Tuesday as Republican women called on Democratic leaders to condemn the comments.
State Reps. Polly Lawrence (R-Littleton) and Carole Murray (R-Castle Rock) issued a statement asking House Speaker Mark Ferrandino and Gov. John Hickenlooper to weigh in against Salazar’s views. Read more »
In addition to the measures they passed Monday, House Democrats have proposed another four gun control bills
DENVER–House Democrats approved all four gun-control bills Monday, insisting that they would protect public safety over the objections of Republicans who said the measures would do nothing except cost the state jobs.
None of the four bills received any Republican votes, although a few Democrats did vote against the measures. The most dramatic moment of the four-hour session came when state Rep. Ed Vigil (D-San Luis) told the chamber he would oppose all four bills as Republicans stood in support. Read more »
Vice President Joe Biden called a handful of House Democrats on Friday to urge approval of the gun control measures
DENVER–Colorado House Democrats are poised to pass sweeping gun-control legislation Monday after lobbying by Vice President Joe Biden and despite warnings that the bills could cost the state hundreds of jobs.
The House is scheduled to begin debate at 10 a.m. Monday on four Democrat-sponsored bills to tighten the state’s firearms laws. Each of the bills won preliminary approval on voice votes Friday after an emotional and contentious all-day floor session. Read more »
The issue of gun control has dominated the legislative stage this week
DENVER–Colorado Democrats continued to advance their package of gun reforms Wednesday, approving two more bills on party-line votes, while a Republican bill to block new federal firearms laws was removed from a committee agenda without explanation.
The House Education Committee voted 7-6 in favor of a bill to ban concealed carry on college campuses, while the House Finance Committee passed 7-6 a bill that would require gun buyers to pay a fee associated with the cost of mandatory background checks. Read more »
Hickenlooper came across as pleased with Colorado’s direction on energy, calling it “a model for the nation”
DENVER–Gov. John Hickenlooper disappointed environmental groups Tuesday by telling a Senate committee that fracking fluid is safe enough to drink–and that he has.
“At one point in my office–I’m not sure how this happened–but the new frack fluid is made of food additives, and somehow we all took a swig of frack fluid,” Hickenlooper told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in Washington, D.C. “It was not terribly tasty, but again, I’m still alive.” Read more »