Senate passes bill to help with student debt
The Colorado State Senate today voted 25-to-10 to pass the Employee Information Student Loan Repayment Programs Act, a bill that requires the state to distribute informational materials concerning loan repayment and loan forgiveness programs to state employees. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Senate bill to strengthen U.S. security in Middle East, bolster Israel alliance, sanction Syria’s dictatorship
The U.S. Senate’s passage of the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 was passed Feb. 5 in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 77 to 23. Praising the passage included Sen. Cory Gardner. The legislation would make improvements to defense and security assistance provisions in the Middle East, bolster the U.S.-Israel strategic alliance by authorizing security assistance to Israel over a 10-year period pursuant to the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding, reauthorize the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, provide new authorities for sanctions against Syria’s Assad regime and its supporters, and empower state and local governments in the United States to counter the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement’s discriminatory economic warfare against the Jewish state.
Bill to support police officers involved in fatal use of force incidents passes Senate State
The Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee today voted 3-to-2 to pass a bill sponsored by Sen. Rhonda Fields and Sen. John Cooke that would require law enforcement agencies to develop policies to support and aid police officers involved in use of force incidents before and after they occur. The bill now heads to the committee of the whole for consideration.
State Senate Judiciary Committee advances bill extending statute of limitations for failure to report child abuse
The Senate Judiciary Committee Feb. 6 unanimously passed Statute Of Limitation Failure Report Child Abuse, a bill – sponsored by Sen. Rhonda Fields – that would extend the statute of limitations for mandatory reporters who fail to report child abuse. The bill now heads to the committee of the whole for consideration.
Crow named chair of small business subcommittee
In a rare move for a freshman member, Rep. Jason Crow will serve as chair of the Innovation and Workforce Development Subcommittee. Crow will be overseeing the Innovation and Workforce Development Subcommittee.
Romanoff announces bid for U.S. Senate
Andrew Romanoff announced Feb. 7 that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2020 to challenge Sen. Cory Gardner. Romanoff spent the past four years as president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, the state’s leading advocate for the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.
In declaring his candidacy, Romanoff vowed to lead the charge for Medicare for all; a Green New Deal to replace fossil fuel with renewable energy; comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship; and an economy that enables all Americans to thrive. He renewed his pledge to turn down contributions from special-interest groups and to fight the pay-to-play system that continues to corrupt our democracy.
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