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 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...

 

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