DENVER — A bill introduced by Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, is still up for debate on the Senate floor, and is tentatively scheduled to be debated on Monday. Thing is though, that measure, SB43, has been languishing on the calendar for more than a month. It attempts to put more teeth in the law about Senate confirmations of governor appointments. The issue first arose last year when the Senate declined to confirm a Clifton resident's re-appointment to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, but the governor kept her on the panel anyway. That appointee, Heidi Hess, resigned her seat earlier this year.
• Today: The Senate Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee is expected to vote on SB2, a bill designed to allocate more grant money to deploy broadband in rural parts of the state. Last week, the committee heard testimony on the measure, but did not vote on it.
• Tuesday: The Senate Finance Committee is to debate SB200, a major piece of legislation to reform the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association. The measure is designed to address PERA's unfunded liability, partly by increasing contributions into its pension plans and reducing benefits.
• Wednesday: The House Local Government Committee is to hear HB1067, the so-called "Right to Rest Act." The measure allows the homeless to move freely through public areas.
• Thursday: The Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee is to hear SB192, a measure that would require local governments that ban hydraulic fracturing practices to be liable for financial losses to mineral rights owners. The House killed a similar measure last week.
• Next week: The Senate Finance Committee is to discuss Rep. Dan Thurlow's bill on Mind Springs Health. The Grand Junction Republican's measure, which Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, will present, requires the Colorado Department of Human Services to continue to lease space to that mental health provider until 2020 at the Grand Junction Regional Center campus on Riverside Parkway, which is to fully close by then.
Scheduled committee hearings are subject to change. All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature's website, leg.colorado.gov. Check that website to see which measures are available for remote testimony, and how to register to speak.
— Charles Ashby