Legislative Update and Hearings for week of January 23, 2012

The best way to stop ANTI-Liberty legislation or just plain stupid legislation is to stop the bill from advancing out of committee!!

The best way to PROMOTE pro-Liberty legislation is to pass the bill out of committee!!

When citizens attend a committee hearing to testify this often carries more weight than the lobbyists who are PAID to be there!

If you cannot attend the hearing you can always submit written testimony via email to the committee members and be sure to include the bill number, your full name, address and then clearly state your facts and basis for supporting or opposing the legislation.  A complete email list for each committee can be found by clicking here.

January 24th Hearings:

HB12-1044 Start-up Colo Technology Transfer Grant Program
Economic & Business Committee 1:30pm Rm 112 Sponsors: Rep. Ferrandino-D and Young-D
Recommend OPPOSE based on Principles: Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, Free Enterprise

Summary: will set up a Colorado Technology Transfer Grant program with a $5,000,000 fund that must be spent by July 1, 2015.

The money is going to be GIVEN to: “research institution” means an institution located and operating in Colorado that is a public or private, nonprofit institution of higher education, a nonprofit teaching hospital, or a private, nonprofit medical and research center.

SB12-025 Concealed Handgun Carry With No Permit
SVMA Committee 1:30pm Rm 353
Sponsors: Sen. Neville-R, Grantham-R, Harvey-R, Lambert-R, Lundberg-R, Renfroe-R Rep. Baumgardner-R
Recommend SUPPORT based on Principle: 2nd Amendment

SB-12-012 DOR Audits Auto Emission Test Centers
Transportation Committee 2pm Rm 352
Sponsors: Sen. S. King-R, Guzman-D, Tochtrop-D Rep. Miklosi-D, Gardner D.-D
Recommend SUPPORT based on Principles: Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government

January 25th

HB12-1016 PUC Ex Parte Communications
Transportation Committee 1:30pm Rm 107
Sponsor: Rep. Balmer-R
Recommend SUPPORT based on Principle: Rule of Law

HB12-1014 Modify Late Vehicle Registration Fee
Transportation Committee 1:30pm Rm 107
Sponsors: Rep. Baumgardner-R
Recommend Support based on Principles: Limited Government-Taxes, Rule of Law, Necessary but limited regulation

HB12-1082 Prevailing Compensation On Public Works Projects
Local Govt Committee Upon Adjournment Rm 111
Sponsors: Rep. Soper-D
Recommend OPPOSE based on Principles: Limited Government: Free Enterprise, Necessary but limited regulation

Summary: will require that all state contracts awarded over $100,000 MUST pay the prevailing wage and fringe benefits to all workers including subcontractors. This is better known as the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage act and does nothing but ENSURE HIGHER costs for the state and for the company attempting to make a profit.

HB12-1013 Interventions For Middle School Students
Education Committee Upon Adjournment Rm112
Sponsors: Rep. Fields-D, Holbert-R, Massey-D, Sen. Hudak-D, Bacon-D, King K.-R
Recommend OPPOSE based on Principles: Limited Government: Personal Responsibility, Necessary but limited regulation

SB12-018 Alternative Medicaid Program For Elderly
Health & Human Services Committee Upon Adjournment Rm 356
Sponsors: Sen. Lundberg-R, Harvey-R, Neville-R
Recommend SUPPORT based on Principles: Limited Government: Fiscal spending, Personal Responsibility

January 26th

HB12-1002 The CLEAR Act & Application Permit Rules 1:30pm Rm 112
Economics & Business Committee 1:30pm Rm 112
Sponsors: Rep. Sonnenberg-R, Sen. Jahn-D
Recommend SUPPORT based on Principles: Limited Government: Necessary but limited regulation, Rule of Law

SB12-015 Creating Optional Category Of Higher Ed Tuition 1:30pm Rm 356
Education Committee 1:30pm Rm 356
Sponsors: Sen. Giron-D, Johnston-D, Steadman-D, Guzman-D
Recommend OPPOSE based on Principles: Rule of Law: Immigration
**THIS IS IN-STATE TUITION BILL FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND IS MODIFIED VERSION OF SB-11-126 FROM LAST SESSION**

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