Colorado Kill Blog
Colorado State Senator Ray Scott once said, “Every bill is a bad bill.” This statement was made about legislation as it pertains to the prescribed role of government in the lives of American citizens. And, in a sense, every bill IS bad because, unless it is a bill repealing a bad law, it is somehow growing government while simultaneously contracting individual liberty.
The Colorado Kill Blog is the good news of the Limited Government Gospel. Here, we chronicle, with gratuitous glee, the deaths of bad bills.
First Regular Session of the Colorado General Assembly 2015:
The members of the Senate State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee are: Ray Scott (R) Mesa (Chariman), Jerry Sonnenberg, (Vice-Chair) Owen Hill (R) Colorado Springs, Matt Jones (D) Louisville, Jessie Ulibarri (D) Westminster
These are the bills that have, thus far, died merciful deaths in that committee.
SB15-088 Sponsor Steadman (D) of Denver
This bill would allow the Colorado “Independent Ethics Commission” to hire lawyers, at taxpayer expense, to represent its members in legal cases. The bill would also give the Ethics Commission free reign in creating its own rules.
The Ethics Commission in question has been a matter of controversy, to say the least, given their record which shows unbridled bias towards Democrat politicos, and a punitive attitude towards Republicans.
SB15-088 died on a 3-2 party line vote.
SB15-094 Sponsored by Kefalas (D) Fort Collins
This bill would have changed the designation of adjunct community college professors from part-time, flexible positions, to that of fully recognized faculty. The bill would force community colleges to scale pay for part-time adjunct faculty to be the same as full-time faculty, offering the same benefits. Rules of seniority and tenure would have to be applied as well. SB15-094 would have placed crushing burdens on Colorado’s community colleges which are now able to function because of the flexibility that adjunct professorships offer, and would have opened the door to unionization of adjunct teachers as well.
SB14-094 died on a 3-2 party line vote.
$97,100,000 in new state spending saved
SB-036 Sponsored by Donovan (D) Vail
Crafted by a wealthy Senator from Vail, this bill would create a “rural economic emergency assistance grant program” targeted at Western Slope rural counties. Purportedly devised to address economic “emergencies” such as layoffs, plant closures, and other “significant economic events,” this bill sought to aid counties hard hit by the closing of coal mines, timber mills and oil and gas operations—largely due to over-regulation by state and federal agencies–with a Band-Aid dressing on a gaping wound. The bill, little more than a feel-good measure, would disburse a little less than $2,000,000 over 40 counties, resulting in grants of around $50,000 per county. This bill falls laughably short of both naming the cause and treating the symptoms of economic problems in Western Colorado counties.
SB-036 died on a 3-2 party line vote.
$149,153 in new State spending saved
SB15-016 Sponsored by Steadman (D) Denver
The convoluted title of this bill reads, “Concerning marriages by individuals who are parties to a civil union, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting marriages in circumstances in which one of the parties is already in a civil union with another individual, addressing the legal effect of parties to a civil union marrying each other, clarifying the dissolution process when parties to a civil union marry, and amending the bigamy statute to include parties to a civil union.” In short, this bill was written to ensure that same-sex couples who created civil union contracts, then subsequently were “married” do not have to get divorced twice—once from the civil union, and once from the marriage—pay double the alimony upon divorce, or double-up on any other of the unpleasant tasks that come when legal, contractual relationships are dissolved. The Senate State Affairs committee postponed the bill indefinitely awaiting a determination from the Supreme Court of the United States, as to whether or not states can define what comprises a legal marriage contract. In 2006 the citizens of Colorado adopted a ballot measure defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
SB15-016 died on a 3-2 party line vote.
SB15-033 Sponsored by Kerr (D) Lakewood
This bill would increase funding for statewide preschool through twelfth grade public education, specifically, mandating full-day Kindergarten in all school districts throughout Colorado. TABOR, Colorado’s Tax-payer Bill of Rights, was passed by citizen ballot initiative in 1992 and requires that surplus revenues be “returned” directly to the taxpayers. The “full-day Kindergarten” bill would direct surpluses into education through a mandate. The caveat in SB15-033 is that it would allow the Secretary of State to “submit a ballot question to authorize the state to retain and spend for preschool through twelfth grade public education any state revenues above the excess state revenues cap approved by the voters in 2005.” In so many words, it would undo TABOR via a reverse ballot initiative.
SB15-033 died on a 3-2 party line vote
$34,423,500 in new state funding saved
by Marjorie Haun 2/6/15