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Friday, July 21, 2017
The acting Town Clerk today announced there are a sufficient number of valid signatures in a citizen-initiated effort seeking to change language in the Town Charter regarding how the mayor is elected. Now, State Statute requires Town Council to set the ballot question and call a special election. The Town on July 10 received a petition to change language in Castle Rock’s Charter regarding ...read more
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Town on July 10 received a petition to change language in Castle Rock’s Charter regarding how the mayor is elected. The change would amend the Castle Rock Town Charter to allow for the at-large, town-wide election of the office of Mayor. In addition, it will include district changes. Town Council currently consists of seven members elected from the district they live in. The proposed ...read more
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
When the 2017 legislative session commenced on January 11th, no one was quite sure what to expect given the intensity of the 2016 election at the federal and state level. During opening day speeches, President Grantham, Speaker Duran, Senate Minority Leader Guzman, and House Minority Leader Neville shared a commitment to prioritize a solution to address Colorado’s failing infrastructure and ...read more
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Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Highlights of the Week The last full week of legislative session was filled with intense negotiations surrounding the some of the most important issues before the legislature this session including the hospital provider fee and K-12 funding. On Tuesday morning, President Pro Temp Jerry Sonnenberg announced a deal was in place for SB 267, yet in the middle of the announcement word came from the ...read more
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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Highlights of the Week The second to last full week of session was a whirlwind that brought finalization of the budget, lots of bills moving quickly from committee to the floor, key initiatives stalled, top priorities for leadership meeting their end, and bills still being introduced daily. On Thursday, the Joint Budget Committee met in a conference committee to go through the various amendments ...read more
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Highlights of the Week Thursday marked the 100 th day of the 2017 General Assembly with Senate President Grantham holding a press availability where he said that after more than five months of work, he had only five days to find a path forward for the transportation funding bill. HB 1242 is scheduled for consideration by the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, April 25 th . The final hope for ...read more
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Highlights of the Week This week marked the one month mark for legislators to wrap up all their business for the 2017 legislative session. As of Thursday, 710 bills and resolutions have been introduced, 132 bills have been postponed indefinitely, 138 have been signed by the Governor, and bills are still being introduced daily. The House spent Monday morning making closing remarks on the FY ...read more
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Under the Dome, Week 13 Highlights of the Week This week the Senate handed over the budget to the House for consideration and debate. Although the Senate’s 45 amendments were deemed impressive at the time, the House introduced a total of 93 amendments to the budget and second reading debate extended over two legislative days. Many of the amendments mimicked those in the Senate while others ...read more
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Highlights of the Week The FY 2017-18 budget, SB 254 was introduced and debated in the Senate this week along with 12 budget orbital bills. The Senate worked on the floor until nearly midnight on Wednesday, debating 45 different amendments to the budget. Amendments ranged from defunding private prisons and putting the money into K-12 education, providing $3 million from the marijuana tax cash ...read more
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The Douglas County Demographic Summary has been updated and is available online. It is a brief narrative describing demographic changes from the past year. http://www.douglas.co.us/documents/douglas-county-demographics-summary.pdf The link to the entire Population & Development Report is: http://www.douglas.co.us/about-us/demographics/population-and-development-report/
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Under the Dome, Week 11 Highlights of the Week This week the Joint Budget Committee faced the difficult task of making final budget decisions and tackling big ticket items they put on the back burner during figure setting. On Monday, the JBC found out that based on decisions they made thus far, they were facing a $382 million budget deficit for FY 2017-18. They also learned that they needed to ...read more
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Highlights of the Week The first full week of the second half of the legislative session didn’t lack for excitement. On Monday, the House Education Committee considered two bills to address school suspension and expulsion policies that disproportionately affect African-American children, Latino boys, and children with disabilities. HB 1210 updates statute to offer better guidance for ...read more
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Under the Dome, Week 9 Highlights of the Week From start to finish, legislators tackled some of the most controversial topics this week. On Monday, the House Finance Committee met past midnight to hear from the proponents and opponents of two bills aimed to close the loophole that has allowed gray market marijuana in the state. The gray market for marijuana is considered marijuana that is legally ...read more
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Under the Dome, Week 7 Highlights of the Week The legislature enjoyed a short week thanks to President’s Day weekend. It is the last break the legislature will see until Sine Die unless, as is tradition, the House and Senate take off Good Friday. Having just passed the 75-day mark of session, and a rumored 250 bills to still be introduced, it is promising to be busy. The House State ...read more
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Monday, March 06, 2017
Highlights of the Week The House and Senate floor engaged in lengthier floor debate this week in an effort to clear out their lengthy calendars. In the House, the floor unanimously passed legislation that would give school districts the flexibility to determine if English language learners should take reading language assessments in their language of instruction or their native language. The ...read more
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
DCBA Bill Tracker: http://www.statebillinfo.com/SBI/index.cfm?fuseaction=Public.Dossier&id=22915&pk=619&style=pinstripe Highlights of the Week Another busy week at the Capitol wrapped up early Friday so legislators could make it home for a long President’s Day weekend. Each day saw committee meetings late into the night debating a host of issues. The week was bookended by ...read more
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Monday, February 06, 2017
Highlights of the Week This week kicked off with both Democrats and Republicans introducing resolutions and legislation to respond to the variety of executive orders signed by President Trump in his first week of office. The House spent most of Tuesday morning debating HJR 1013: Rescind Executive Order Regarding Immigration and engaged in debate over HR 1005: Reproductive Health Care Access on ...read more
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Monday, February 06, 2017
Highlights of the Week The first full week of work kept legislators in the House and Senate plenty busy. Committees saw full workloads and the Joint Budget Committee continued to review and approve supplemental budget requests from state agencies to carry them through the end of the state fiscal year on June 30 th . In a preview of what is expected to be a bigger budget fight during the FY ...read more
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Monday, January 23, 2017
Highlights of the Week The Governor submitted his supplemental budget requests for the current fiscal year this week and one proposal in particular garnered a lot of attention. Governor Hickenlooper asked the General Assembly to introduce legislation to reduce the Senior Homestead Exemption by half in FY 2017-18 ($68.1 million) and increase the special sales tax on recreational marijuana to 12% ...read more
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Monday, January 23, 2017
Highlights of the Week Although the 2017 Legislative Session didn’t officially kick off until Wednesday, January 11 th , the capitol was a flurry all week with legislative Smart Act hearings held all day Monday and Tuesday as well as the JBC finishing up their briefing and hearings that began in November. The legislative Smart Act hearings provide legislators with an opportunity to hear ...read more
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
This morning the House and Senate convened to commence the 71st General Assembly. Three new legislators ascended into top leadership positions – President Kevin Grantham, Speaker Crisanta Duran, and House Minority Leader Patrick Neville while House Minority Leader Lucia Guzman began her second session as Minority Leader in the Senate. All four leaders graciously welcomed the twenty-eight ...read more
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