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House gives unanimous approval to Rep. Catlin’s agricultural bill

House gives unanimous approval to Rep. Catlin’s agricultural bill

April 24, 2017
DENVER— Today, the House unanimously passed Senate Bill 117, sponsored by Representative Marc Catlin (R-Montrose). The bill confirms a person with a recognized water right designated for agricultural use can use that water to grow industrial hemp in Colorado. The bill is in response to facilities around the state banning farmers from choosing to grow industrial hemp. While industrial hemp is ...

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Democrats vote against gaining family consent to name legislation

Democrats vote against gaining family consent to name legislation

April 20, 2017
  Democrats vote against gaining family consent to name legislation DENVER—Today, Democrats in the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee rejected a rule change that would have required legislators to gain approval in order to use a person’s name to endorse legislation. House Concurrent Resolution 1007, sponsored by Representative Hugh McKean (R-Loveland), would have changed House rules to prohibit the use of ...

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A Breakthrough on Construction Litigation Reform

A Breakthrough on Construction Litigation Reform

April 19, 2017
DENVER—Today, a bipartisan team of legislators announced that they have achieved a breakthrough on proposed legislation to advance a consensus proposal addressing construction defects reform. The agreement, the product of several months of intensive negotiations with lawmakers and stakeholder groups, was reached by Assistant Majority Leader Alec Garnett (D-Denver), Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist (R-Centennial) and Rep. Lori Saine (R-Firestone). "With this groundbreaking ...

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Legislation strengthening Colorado’s felony DUI law clears first hearing

Legislation strengthening Colorado's felony DUI law clears first hearing

April 13, 2017
DENVER—Today, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed House Bill 1288. The bill, sponsored by Representative Lori Saine (R-Firestone), closes a loophole that has allowed some Colorado judges to sentence people convicted of four or more DUIs to only probation. Currently, a third DUI conviction carries a mandatory 60-day jail sentence. However, according to a Denver Post report last September, about ...

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Democrats reject stiffer penalties for damaging oil and gas wells

Democrats reject stiffer penalties for damaging oil and gas wells

April 12, 2017
DENVER—Today, Democrats on the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee rejected legislation that would have strengthened penalties for protestors who damage oil and gas wells and gathering stations. Senate Bill 35, sponsored by Representative Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan), increased the penalty for the existing crime from a class 2 misdemeanor to a class 6 felony. The bill also would ...

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