First day of Colorado legislative

A slew of bills proposed in Colorado General Assembly on Wednesday target some the state’s most controversial laws, including the repeal of 2013 gun-control laws, tweaks to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights and a proposal to make abortion illegal.

HB 15-1009 would repeal the law enacted in 2013 that bans the possession and sale of large-capacity magazines. It led to the recall of two Democratic senators, including one from Colorado Springs. Also, HB 15-1050, brought forward by Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Janak Joshi of House District 16, aims to repeal the 2013 law that requires background checks for gun sales between private parties.

The Senate introduced 47 bills and the House put forward 64 bills on the opening day of the legislative session in Denver.

At least two bills proposed in the Colorado state Senate target the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, but each aims to send surplus tax revenue in different directions.

The 20-year-old law allows the state to return surplus tax revenue to residents or re-purpose it for government spending, a move that requires voter approval. Andy Kerr, a Democrat from Jefferson County’s Senate District 22, has sponsored a bill that asks to put to vote the use of TABOR money to fund all-day kindergarten. Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, proposed a bill that adjusts the filtering of TABOR funds from sales taxes.

All four Colorado Springs senators had their names on bills targeting education, renewable energy and state land rights.

In addition to Cadman, who sponsored Senate Bill 15-001, the following bills were brought forward by Pikes Peak region senators:

– Sen. Mike Merrifield, a District 11 Democrat, is sponsoring SB 15-003, which would require that 50 percent of an educator’s professional evaluation be determined by student academic growth.

– Sen. Kent Lambert, a District 9 Republican, co-sponsored SB 15-039, which proposes that the state of Colorado retain jurisdiction over certain federal lands.

– Sen. Kevin Grantham, a District 2 Republican, sponsored SB 15-046, which aims to reduce the cost of attainment of renewable energy for non-investor owned utility companies.

Grantham, Lambert and House District 15 Republican Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt co-sponsored HB 15-1041, which would make abortion a class 3 felony. Two proposed amendments to the state constitution regarding personhood have been defeated by voters, first in 2008 and again in 2014.


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