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 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Legislative session wrap-up

It was an honor representing Senate District 2 at the capitol again this past session. Many bills were passed unanimously, many more in a true bipartisan manner, and unfortunately... — Updated 6/16/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Tax relief, or sleight of hand?

SB21-293 CONCERNING PROPERTY TAXATION and another 100 words or so make up the title to a recently introduced bill that would temporarily lower the mill levy and create more classifi... — Updated 6/9/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Marijuana concentrates under review

A brief history of marijuana in Colorado: medical marijuana was passed by voters in 2000 followed by recreational in 2012. Both were constitutional amendments and have some conflict... — Updated 6/1/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Transportation or Fee Bill?

SB21-260, the much-hyped Transportation bill, finally saw the light of day. I've maintained all along this was a fee bill and not a transportation bill, and apparently the Senate Pr... — Updated 5/25/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Transportation or Fee Bill?

SB21-260, the much-hyped Transportation bill, finally saw the light of day. I've maintained all along this was a fee bill and not a transportation bill, and apparently the Senate Pr... — Updated 5/18/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Drug Affordability Review Board

The Senate had a long debate last Thursday and Friday on SB-175, the Prescription Drug Affordability Review Board bill. No doubt the sponsors' hearts are in the right place, but...... — Updated 5/11/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Budget reconciliation and new bills

The budget came back from conference committee this past week, and as always many of the amendments placed on the budget during hearings in the Senate and House had been stripped... — Updated 5/5/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Mental health bills worth the effort

You may have seen or heard that the governor signed two mental health bills this past week. Mental health bills are nothing new; we've seen them every year in my tenure in the... — Updated 4/27/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Updates at session's halfway mark

Good news: SB-182, the bill that would not allow law enforcement on school grounds except for the most serious crimes died in committee. The sponsors realized there was more wrong w... — Updated 4/21/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Budget Week, or how to spend $34.1B

Remember that this time last year we were all watching the COVID graph climb higher each day and listening to experts take their best guess as to what the future held. So last year... — Updated 4/14/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

SB21-182: Bully Empowerment Bill

The working title is actually CONCERNING SCHOOL DISCIPLINE, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, ADDRESSING DISPROPORTIONATE DISCIPLINARY PRACTICES AND CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM AND SUPPORTING... — Updated 4/6/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Jail population reduction bill

A jail (not prison) population reduction bill (SB21-062) made it through committee that will be on the floor soon. District attorneys weighed in on both sides. No surprise there,... — Updated 3/30/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Illegals and Foreign Money

Many thanks to everyone who attended the BBQ in Calhan where we fed over 300 and raised a few thousand dollars for the homeless. Hope you were able to make it to one of the dozens... — Updated 3/23/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Free burgers and bill updates

Announcements first: Free Burgers Saturday, March 20, at the El Paso County Fairgrounds, 366 10th St. in Calhan, beginning at noon. Help us celebrate Meat In Day and Colorado's... — Updated 3/16/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Back at the Capital - Finally

The Legislature is back in session after a month break, made possible by legislative rules pertaining to a "declared health emergency" and a judge's ruling. Given the good news of... — Updated 2/23/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Department hearings and the vaccine

Even with the legislators back in their districts, we're managing to get some items checked off the legislative agenda. Every session each department is required to report to the... — Updated 1/26/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Three days at the Capital

The First Session of the 73rd General Assembly began with guests limited to the newly elected senators who were sworn in standing at their desks with family and guests watching... — Updated 1/19/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

73rd Legislative Session Oulook

This from Senate Leadership: Gavel in on January 13, take care of some constitutional duties, pass a few/some/many bills that are deemed time sensitive and critical. That's a... — Updated 1/12/2021

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Highlights from the special session

With the results of this recent special session pretty widely reported I was hesitant to just repeat the final outcome but some of those bills could use little commentary. However,... — Updated 12/15/2020

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Special session called by Polis

Finally! When the Senate Republicans called for a special session on July 28 to address COVID-19's impact on schools, the students and their parents, it was called a "political stun... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Now it is up to the voters

With the session over, the decision-making shifts to the voters who will decide at the ballot box. The legislature referred three measures to ballot, two constitutional changes and... — Updated 6/24/2020

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Some good news in the final week

First: good news for parental rights and homeschoolers as well as a mea culpa from me. I wrote earlier that there was a homeschool exemption in SB20-163 as it left the Senate for th... — Updated 6/17/2020

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Progress and surprises

Budget approved by both chambers! It took a Saturday session, but the budget is on its way back to the Joint Budget Committee to iron out the differences between the House and Senat... — Updated 6/10/2020

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

A strange week at the capital

Session got off to a good start after the Memorial Day weekend. The Senate spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in committees or in session on the floor basically clearing the... — Updated 6/3/2020

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Back in session, finally

I have high hopes for Part II of the Second Regular Session of the 72nd General Assembly. Word on the street is we're going to wrap everything up in three weeks as opposed to the... — Updated 5/27/2020

 

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