While the marquee (controversial) bills get the attention, the majority of the bills going through the Legislature focus more on some detail or clarification that should or perhaps should not be added to existing legislation. Most have bipartisan sponsors and virtually all pass or fail on bipartisan votes.
Looking at just a couple of days on the calendar we have:
HB-1180 “the clarification of the definition of a police working horse for the purposes of cruelty to animals.” The current law prohibits cruelty to certain animals including a certified police working horse, but there is not certification process for a police working horse so the word “certified” is being removed.
HB-1155 “concerning adding certain conduct to the definition of sexual conduct.” In the interest of keeping my G rating I won’t go into detail, but you can expect this amendment to pass unanimously.
Allowing local district colleges to serve more students, a subsidy for adoption of certain children, reclaiming domestic water, special districts, farm stands and school boundaries each have a bill that would make adjustments to current regulations.
Probably another 10 or so in this category are not partisan, and this in the span of two days. Some may warrant discussion and possibly even an amendment. Most likely they will pass and probably with votes from both sides of the aisle, and if there is opposition that too could come from either side of the aisle.
Just to keep it interesting though, also on the calendar is SB-182 “Concerning the repeal of the death penalty.” There will be quality time spent debating that bill. But it has been sitting there the past several days and has been moved to the following day every day – so maybe today, maybe not.
Then there is the anticipation of what is coming, HB-1177 “the Red Flag bill,” which just passed out of the State and Veterans Affairs committee.
Leadership in the House and Senate picked this as one of the bills they wanted to fast-track, so it will likely pop up quickly. This will be the last stop where the bill could be amended. At the end of debate, this bill will either be killed or sent to the Governor for his signature. We’re not optimistic that we can get enough amendments on it to fix what is wrong with it but also not optimistic that it will be killed.
Bill numbers are included for your convenience, should you decide to contact any or all of the legislators or to look up the full text of a bill at leg.colorado.gov.
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