SOUTH METRO DENVER CHAMBER BILL POSITIONS
· HB19-1010 Freestanding Emergency Departments Licensure
· SB19-006 Electronic Sales And Use Tax Simplification System
· SB19-014 Organized Retail Theft Prevention
· SB19-051 Increase General Fund Funding For Transportation
· HB19-1001 Hospital Transparency Measures To Analyze Efficacy
· HB19-1004 Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option
· HB19-1025 Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries
· HB19-1058 Income Tax Benefits For Family Leave
· HB19-1107 Employment Support Job Retention Services Program
· SB19-004 Address High-cost Health Insurance Pilot Program
· SB19-005 Import Prescription Drugs From Canada
· SB19-034 Local Government Recycling Standards For Food Containers
· SB19-041 Health Insurance Contract Carrier And Policyholder
· SB19-084 Revised Uniform Law Remote Notarization
· SB19-086 Update Business Entity Laws
· HB19-1096 Colorado Right To Rest
· HB19-1101 Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation
· SB19-023 Cryptocurrency Exemption Colorado Digital Token Act
· SB19-055 Reduce State Income Tax Rate
· SB19-085 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act
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Another week goes by that health care is at the center of debate at the capitol. Controversy this week surrounded whether or not to pass a bill that implements a frame work for a medicaid buy-in pilot program and a bill to let kids diagnosed with autism have access to medical marijuana.
Wednesday night ended late for the House, Health Insurance and Environment committee chaired by Rep. Susan Lontine (D-Denver). This committee voted on both of these high priority bills, hearing over six hours of testimony. Each passed with bipartisan support, with only one member opposing either. Rep. Susan Beckman (R-Littleton) shared her opposition on the pilot program bill brought by Rep. Dylan Roberts (D-Steamboat Springs) and Rep. Marc Catlin (R-Montrose) due to her belief that the program stands up the framework for single payer health care. Rep. Yadira Caraveo (D-Thornton), the sole physician in the House, opposed the bill by Rep. Edie Hooton (D-Boulder) to allow children with autism to be treated with marijuana. Rep. Caraveo cited the lack of scientific evidence to prove its value, but expects there to be amendments to address the concerns of the medical community as the bill moves through the process.
Marijuana was not just a topic of discussion in the health committee, however; the House Business Affairs Committee heard a presentation from Jenifer Waller-Dean, Vice President of the Colorado Bankers Association, on banking issues surrounding the federally illegal substance. Until two bills which are working their way through Congress that address banking marijuana in some form pass, in Colorado the issue is not resolved.
It should come as no surprise that waiting for the federal government to take action is not something many state legislators like to hear. And there are a number of bills that ignore federal authority like the bill to address lab-raised or plant-based meat products. Others bills like this include a bill to allow re-importation of drugs from Canada which will be heard next week in committee, and a bill to elect the President by national popular vote which had over 60 witnesses present at its hearing this week.
Over the next week, we might finally see some of the bills that have been rumored on the energy front. Bills that are expected amend pooling requirements and rework the mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Until next week!