GOP kills attempt to enter Colorado into interstate popular-vote agreement

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GOP kills attempt to enter Colorado into interstate popular-vote agreement

Bill to prohibit nepotism by state public officials also dies
A measure backed by Colorado Senate Democrats to bypass the Electoral College by requiring the state to cast its Electoral College votes for the winner of the national tally was killed Wednesday by a committee in the state Senate.
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House hears effort to push back last call for alcohol

DENVER – A bill that would allow last call to be extended in Colorado bars was debated in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday before passing third reading on a 39-26 vote.
House Bill 1123, would allow local jurisdictions to ignore current law, which prohibits the sale of alcohol from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m., and instead extend the hours during which alcohol can be sold for on premises consumption.
Some voiced concern it could contribute to drunken driving and moral rot.
“Do we really need to let the bars stay open until 7 o’clock in the morning? Think about it. That’s when kids are going to school and people are going to work,” said Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs, who voted against the bill in committee.
Proponents of HB 1123 said the bill represented an opportunity for increased local control over liquor laws.
“The very best decisions happen locally,” said Rep. Steve Lebstock, D-Thornton. “Your local city council, or your local county commissioners working with either your sheriffs or your chiefs and the business community, frankly, should be determining when bars and restaurants close, not some arbitrary number from some state legislator.”
The bill will be sent to the Senate, where it is sponsored by the Majority Leader Chris Holbert, R-Parker, in the coming weeks for consideration.
In addition to HB 1123 seven bills passed third reading between the House and Senate. Also, 18 appropriation bills cleared committees Tuesday and were adopted by the House after second reading.
In committees 36 bills were scheduled for hearings. Among those bills:
SB 128 would require higher education institutions that receive College Opportunity Fund revenue to have policies in place addressing sexual assault.“What this bill does is very simple it will put it in statute that every college and university must have a policy to address campus sexual assault,” Fields said. The bill does not outline what the policy must contain just that a policy should be present.
The bill came up because as many as 1 out of every 5 female college students experience sexual assault in some form during their academic career, Fields said.
The bill was heard by the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and died on a 3-2 party line vote that saw Republicans opting to not place the requirement in statute as all the Colorado universities receiving COF funds already have such policies.
HB 1099 would have required higher education institutions that receive state funding to submit an annual report confirming it had not participated in the “purchase or trafficking of aborted human body parts in the previous year” or lose state funding. It was heard by the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, and it died on a 6-3 party line vote.Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains said the measure aimed to “mix up the conversation,” on abortion services and stigmatize access to it.
lperkins@durangoherald.com

GOP kills attempt to enter Colorado into interstate popular-vote agreement

A measure backed by Colorado Senate Democrats to bypass the Electoral College by requiring the state to cast its Electoral College votes for the winner of the national tally was killed Wednesday by a committee in the state Senate.
Hill
Kerr
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