Bridges’ bipartisan bills to support students pursuing postsecondary degrees and course credit passes committee
The Senate Education Committee voted to advance two bipartisan bills sponsored by Sen. Jeff Bridges that would provide academic supports and greater opportunity for students pursuing advanced education: SB19-176, Expanding Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities, and HB19-1206, Higher Education Supplemental Academic Instruction.
In his second bill, Crow promotes energy efficiency
Rep. Jason Crow introduced his second bill this month, the Saving Americans Value through Efficient Energy Act (the “SAVE Energy Act”) to promote energy efficiency among consumers. The bill provides homeowners with a tax credit upwards of $500 for investing in energy efficient improvements such as better windows, doors, roofing, insulation, and HVAC systems.
DeGette, others introduce legislation to ‘save local news’
Reps. Diana DeGette, Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) introduced a resolution today to recognize the vital role that local journalists play in promoting good governance and accountability. The measure was introduced as part of an ongoing effort by DeGette and other members of a working group formed to protect and promote local news outlets across the country. In addition to calling for the preservation of local journalism, the resolution seeks to raise awareness about a troubling trend of disappearing local news coverage across America.
Gardner honored with National Park Heritage Award
Gardner received the 2019 National Park Heritage Award from the National Parks Conservation Association for his leadership in the signing into law of the landmark John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which included permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the biggest bipartisan conservation and historic preservation law passed in decades.
Senate education committee advances bill to prepare Colorado’s future teachers
The Senate Education Committee voted 4-to-0 to pass the Teacher Preparation Program Support, a bill sponsored by Senator Nancy Todd to create the “Growing Great Teachers Act” to prepare more Coloradans for the experience of teaching in our public schools. The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.
Gardner, Warren reintroduce STATES Act with broad bipartisan support
Senators Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) reintroduced the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act) with broad bipartisan support that spans the political spectrum. Not only does this commonsense legislation have bipartisan support, it also brings together key players across the business community. The overwhelming support for the STATES Act shows that the time has come for the federal government to respect state decisions on this issue.
Fields’ bill to protect minors from human trafficking
The Colorado State Senate voted 33-0 with two excused to pass SB19-185, Protections for Minor Human Trafficking, a bill sponsored by Sen. Rhonda Fields to increase protections for minors who are victims of human trafficking and increase penalties for human traffickers. It now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Reintroduce CLIPS Act to address cybercrime
Senators Cory Gardner and Chris Coons (D-Del.) reintroduced the bipartisan Cyber League of Indo-Pacific States (CLIPS) Act, which would establish a cyber community of regional allies and partners to combat cyberattacks that threaten the U.S. economy. The legislation would further the robust cybersecurity cooperation called for in the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act.
Senate unanimously advances bill to offer supplemental academic instruction
The Colorado State Senate voted unanimously to advance Higher Education Supplemental Academic Instruction, a bill sponsored by Sen. Jeff Bridges that would help more students succeed in pursuing advanced degrees. The bill now moves to governor for his signature.
Bill introduced to lower prescription drug prices
Senators Michael Bennet, Cory Gardner, Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed to lower prescription drug prices by increasing competition through improved oversight of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) citizen petition process.
Bipartisan legislation to provide access to banking services for legal cannabis businesses
Senators Cory Gardner and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) led a bipartisan group of Senators – including Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Michael Bennet, Dan Sullivan (R-Ark.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Angus King (I-Maine), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Edward J. Markey (D-Maine), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) – to introduce legislation to ensure that legal cannabis businesses can access banking services.
Senate unanimously approves bill to prepare Colorado’s future teachers
The Colorado State Senate voted unanimously with 1 excused to pass Teacher Preparation Program Support, a bill sponsored by Senator Nancy Todd (D-Aurora) to create the “Growing Great Teachers Act” to prepare more Coloradans for the experience of teaching in our public schools. The bill now heads to the Colorado House of Representatives for consideration.
Senate passes Danielson-Bridges bill to increase awareness of apprenticeships and vocational training
The Colorado State Senate voted 18-to-16 with 1 excused to pass Apprenticeships and Vocational Technical Training, a bill sponsored by Senators Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) and Jeff Bridges (D-Greenwood Village) to increase awareness of apprenticeship and vocational technical training programs in Colorado. The bill now moves to the Colorado House of Representatives for consideration.
Gardner Reintroduces Legislation to Determine if Russia is State Sponsor of Terror
Gardner recently reintroduced a bill he authored to require a determination on designation of the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism. The legislation requires the State Department to determine within 90 days and report to Congress whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a state sponsor of terror under United States law. This designation is made by the Secretary of State for countries that “have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism” and currently includes North Korea, Iran, Syria and Sudan. The State Department designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terror Nov. 20, 2017, following a similar requirement that was included as part of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanction Act, enacted into law Aug. 2, 2017.
Bipartisan bill to promote cybersecurity at the SBA
Rep. Jason Crow was joined by Representatives Troy Balderson (R-Ohio), Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), and Steve Chabot (R-hio) to introduce the SBA Cyber Awareness Act (H.R. 2331), a bill that takes several important steps to strengthen the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) cybersecurity to handle and report cyber threats that affect small businesses.
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