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 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    May 15, 2019

Apprenticeship Bill

Now that things are not moving quite so fast, we have time to do a little deeper dive in to a bill that passed and was sent to the Governor. First let me say I support apprenticeship programs, there i...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    May 8, 2019

2019 Wrap Up

In broad strokes here's what the First Session of the 72 General Assembly looked like. Democrats held a majority in both chambers, the Governor's Office and all of the statewide offices. They took...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Election and Voter Bills

As this is being written we have five days left in the session, when the Constitution says 120 days it means 120 days. The final gavel on the first session of the 72nd General Assembly will come down...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    April 24, 2019

Up This Week

Mixed bag of bills coming up early in the week, I have a few on third reading that I would expect to pass with little discussion. One, a transparency bill, requiring a referral agency make...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    April 17, 2019

Bill Signings and Rule Changes

As we enter the final weeks of the session the flurry of bill signings will only intensify. Some bills are signed into law amid much fanfare and hoopla, others quietly in the governor's office with...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    April 10, 2019

Fire Fighting Foam and Equal Pay for Equal Work

As the only legislator drinking from the aquifer contaminated by PFAS it seemed fitting that I'd be part of HB19-1259, the bill trying to bring some transparency to their use. PFAS is shorthand for a...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    April 3, 2019

Budget and ERPO Passed

The Senate passed the budget this past week - the one thing we are required to do by law. This was the most collegial process the Senate has enjoyed on any major piece of legislation this year.  The...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    March 27, 2019

Judge's Ruling and Red Flag

To set the first issue up – all bills are to be read in their entirety twice in each chamber, unless "by unanimous consent" they may be read by title only. This has become the common practice and...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    March 20, 2019

Bills on Our Calendar:

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...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    March 13, 2019

Repeal the Death Penalty, Paid Family Leave, Oil & Gas

SB-182 - Repeal of the Death Penalty has been introduced, it appears to be pretty straight forward. Colorado has been back and forth on this issue. In 1859 we had the first legal execution, in 1897...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    March 6, 2019

The Oil and Gas Bill  

We heard it was coming and with the Oil and Gas bill - SB 181, having been introduced late Friday and already scheduled for a committee hearing four days later it's pretty obvious Leadership has...

 

Popular Vote, Sex Ed, Red Flag and Holidays

Starting to see a few more controversial bills making their way through the labyrinth called the Legislature. I'm not complaining, more testimony and discussion should make for a better bill and a...

 

Education Bills Abound

The Governor, the Senate, the House and even the sidewalks around the capital overflow with ideas on how to improve education but it seems like some good ones are getting nowhere. The sidewalks had...

 

Moving to the Transportation and Energy Committee

The first several weeks of the session saw vacancies occurring in the Senate mainly caused by senators leaving to assume other elected and appointed positions. New faces appeared as those positions...

 

One Month In

A quarter of the way through my first legislative session and I've had a bill killed in committee, one pass unanimously out of a committee, led the Pledge of Allegiance for a week and offered an...

 

Squatter Bill 2.0

I assume everyone is aware of the "squatter" problem. Here are a couple of scenarios on how you could find yourself dealing with a squatter in your house or rental property. You are being a good...

 

Budget Meeting with the Governor

During a media interview Governor Polis stated "Basically a budget is a statement of your values". The household version of that is you spend money on what is important to you. The Governor...

 

January 12, 2019

The real news coming out of the Capital this week was the Governors State of the State address. From my point of view it was a mixed bag. So here we go – kind of in the order they came up in the...

 

Meet the New Guy

By way of introduction, my name is Dennis Hisey and by the time you read this I will be your newly minted and freshly sworn in state senator from Senate District 2 (SD2). It's fair to expect this to...

 

It's Been a Good Run

Looks like this will be my last column as a commissioner, that’s 624 in a row. Thanks goes to Patty St. Louis and the Fountain Valley News for letting me have all of those column inches to write...

 

Looking Back at 2016

Notable in 2016 was what did not occur – no natural disasters. No floods, we had the usual spate of grass fires to keep the Wildland Fire Crew and several rural fire departments on their toes. We...

 

Merry Christmas

What’s with Christmas being on a Sunday? Given the real reason for the season there’s just something not quite right about skipping church for brightly wrapped presents. Of course there are Christ...

 

The Next Four Weeks

Final (which in my case has double meaning) Balanced Budget has been delivered to the state. We’ve seen the budget process evolve as the economy has ebbed and flowed these past 12 years. Definitely...

 

Pearl Harbor Day 75th Anniversary

The bombing of Pearl Harbor - the surprise attack that brought the United States into World War II. For the Baby Boomers and younger it is an event that we learned about in our history books. For the...

 

Commissioner's Comments Hisey Clerk and Recorder/Elections Report

Clerk & Recorder Chuck Broerman has been good about keeping the commissioners updated on happenings in his office. Showing up for commissioner meetings at least quarterly and several times in...

 

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