This Week at the Legislature

Because few bills have been heard in the various legislative committees since the 2015 session started Jan. 7, much less approved, there is little work planned on the House and Senate floors. For now, all eyes are on bills that come before committees, and so far this year they have been slow to be scheduled.

■ Monday: The House Education Committee will consider a couple of measures that have already raised some eyebrows from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle. First the panel will hear HB1020, introduced by a Republican, to fund full-day kindergarten. The other, HB1027, introduced by a Democrat, would extend in-state tuition to all Native American college students regardless of whether they are Colorado residents.

■ Tuesday: The Senate Local Government Committee will hear SB96, a measure by Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, to allow counties to hold elections to do away with governor-appointed public trustees.

■ Wednesday: The House Local Government Committee will consider HB1085 by Rep. Dan Thurlow, R-Grand Junction, to allow counties to publish certain information online rather than advertising those public documents in area newspapers.

■ Thursday: The Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee will debate SB44, introduced by Scott and Thurlow, to lower the state’s renewable energy standard.

■ Next week: The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will spend Groundhog Day on Feb. 2 rehearing some familiar measures: bills to repeal the controversial gun measures of 2013, including new laws limiting gun magazine capacities and background checks.

All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website at

— Charles Ashby


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