DENVER - Rural schools would now be eligible for a bucks for books" program that the state Senate approved Friday.
Senate Bill 210 would spend $1 million on incentives for young students to read books - incentives that could include
small cash payments.
The bill passed Friday on an 18-17 vote and now heads to the House.
Sen. Bruce Whitehead, D-Hesperus, had voted against the bill in an initial vote Thursday, but he switched and supported
it after an amendment to make rural boards of cooperative services eligible for the grants.
Campaign disclosure bill passes Senate
The Senate has passed a bill that responds to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed unlimited corporate and
union spending on elections.
Senate Bill 203 passed Friday on a party-line, 21-14 vote, with Democrats in favor. It requires companies or unions
that spend more than $1,000 on election ads to register with the secretary of state and disclose their fundraising and
Republicans argued that the bill would impose a burden on individuals who put up election signs. But the sponsor, Sen.
Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, said the Supreme Court violated the wishes of voters by allowing corporate money into
Let's not forget the voters of Colorado didn't want them to spend a dime in this area. So we are going from zero to
potentially infinity," Carroll said.
Colorado's ban on corporate and union donations to candidates remains in effect. But the Supreme Court allowed
companies to bypass campaigns and run their own ads.
Senate OKs job-training benefits
A late bill by Sen. Bruce Whitehead, D-Hesperus, would give workers a tax deduction for investments their employers
make in tax-free job-training accounts.
SB 202 passed the Senate on Friday on a 28-7 vote. It now goes to the House.
The bill allows a state income tax deduction for the matching contributions employers make to an employee's 529
educational savings account. The accounts offer tax-free savings for education expenses from preschool through
post-college. Whitehead's bill deals with adults who are already in the workforce and want more training to update