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2015 Session Underway

Sen. Heath and Rep. Singer talk with Channel 7 before the hearing on SB 15-048

Nearly one full month has passed in the 2015 legislative session, with mixed results to date, but hopes remaining for a productive session.

With split political control of our two legislative chambers, a fair number of bills are being approved or defeated on straight party-line votes. However, we are working on the broad issue of workforce development this year, which should be of bipartisan concern.

Unfortunately, a bill Rep. Jonathan Singer and I sponsored in the interest of child safety did not pass. SB 15-048 would have simply required criminal background checks for employees or volunteers with non-licensed private youth sports organizations, if they worked five days per month or more. Witnesses offered overwhelming support for the bill, but it was defeated in the Senate Judiciary Committee on a straight party-line vote.

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2014 Session: In the Books


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Speaking at a 2014 press event, with Senate President Morgan Carroll, Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino and House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (from left)

The 2014 legislative session ended May 7, and 15 of the bills I sponsored during the session were signed into law. The following newsletter went out in mid-May, and it's got a lot of information about some of the key bills and topics we worked on in 2014. Also, you can read any bill that was introduced this year on the General Assembly Web site, www.leg.state.co.us.

A DOWN-TO-BUSINESS SESSION

Dear Friends,

Our 2014 legislative session ended May 7, and I'm proud to report that it was a very productive 120-day period. Our Senate Majority entered the session with three main broad objectives: 1) to continue our economic recovery, 2) to recover from our recent catastrophic floods and wildfires, and 3) provide quality, affordable educational opportunities for Coloradans. I believe we achieved success on all three fronts, and this
newsletter will provide summaries on some of what we accomplished.

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Just a Week to Go in 2014 Session

Chamber town hall

It's hard to believe, but our 2014 regular legislative session is nearly over. On April 26, we held our last town hall meeting of the session at the Boulder Chamber of Commerce (pictured above), with Chamber President/CEO John Tayer facilitating an informative discussion with me and Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Rep. KC Becker and about 50 attendees.

The actual session must end by May 7, and we will spend our last week hustling to get as much work on legislation done as possible. This year, I am the prime Senate sponsor of 17 bills, and as of April 29 nine of them have been signed into law or have passed both the House and Senate.

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April 26: Final Town Hall of 2014 Session

Chamber Town Hall April 20

From last year's town hall meeting at the Boulder Chamber of Commerce

With the 2014 legislative session coming to a close, we will hold our final town hall of the session this Saturday, April 26. For the details:

WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. until noon

WHERE: Boulder Chamber of Commerce, 2440 Pearl Street (SW corner of Pearl and Folsom), Boulder, CO 80302

WHO: Senator Rollie Heath, Representative Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Representative KC Becker

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Two Bills Signed Into Law, More To Come

Colorado Heights Students

After speaking to a group of International Business students from Colorado Heights University, March 2014

As of Wednesday, April 2, the Colorado Senate was in the middle of "budget week." During this week, we evaluate and possibly offer amendments to the "Long Bill," (HB 14-1336) which will outline our state budget for FY 2014-15 when it is signed into law. Once the budget bill is complete and we have a clearer picture of which budget items can receive funding, we will then go to work on a list of bills that are still on the table.

To date, two bills that I am the prime Senate sponsor of have been signed into law. They are:

* HB 14-1293, which appropriates payments for expenses of the Colorado legislative department and the youth advisory council cash fund.

* HB 14-1163, which clarifies rules surrounding a $750,000 cap on enterprise zone tax credits that we adopted in 2013.

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