Ellen Roberts

Email: ellen.roberts.house@state.co.us

Session opens eyes of FLC intern to Colorado's legislative process

For anyone who has called the office of state Rep. Ellen Roberts, you probably have spoken with me. I am the 2010legislative session intern for Roberts on behalf of Fort Lewis College.The 2010...

DATE: April 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Colorado budget crunch leaves little need for debate

The budget moved through the House last week with much less debate and controversy than in any of the three previousyears. In a time of budget shortfalls, there's little to discuss as most of the...

DATE: April 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

States' rights at issue in health-care lawsuit

With the signing of the federal health-care bill, last week at the state Capitol started with intense reactions fromboth sides of the aisle. The emotions matched the full range of those of...

DATE: March 28, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Good week for future of energy in Colorado

House Bill 1001, which raises the renewable-energy standard requirement for investor-owned utilities to 30 percent by2020, will be signed into law Monday by Gov. Bill Ritter.To further support...

DATE: March 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Renewable-energy bill makes sense for air quality in Colorado

Politics does, indeed, make strange bedfellows, but when normally warring factions can set aside their different worldviews to come up with an acceptable compromise, it's worth taking notice and...

DATE: March 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Bill fails to solve online-sales problems

The legislative session roils along, with many already-weary people commenting that it feels as if we should be at theend of the 120-day session rather than only at the midpoint.It's a year when,...

DATE: March 14, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Water, rafting measures get contentious

It seems to happen to every legislator at least once in his or her time at the Capitol. A bill you are certain isnoncontroversial becomes far more complicated and contentious than you expected.That...

DATE: March 14, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Certified nurse aide bill dead but goal remains

One of the harder things for a legislator is to pull one of your own bills. But sometimes it's necessary.Unfortunately, I had to kill one of mine recently, House Bill 1142, which had to do with...

DATE: March 6, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Fort Lewis College students share ideas about higher-education funding

I had a few visitors from people in our district last week. These visits always are welcome because it is difficultbeing so far from family and friends in Southwest Colorado.These constituents were...

DATE: March 6, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Renewable energy a boon to state's economic future

Editor's note: Sen. Bruce Whitehead's weekly column is co-written this week with state Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass.The two are co-sponsors on House Bill 1001.Everyone knows the environmental...

DATE: March 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Bills addressing end-of-life care advance to Senate

A few of my bills have left the House, bound for consideration and, hopefully, passage, in the Senate. To reach the Senate, the bills must have been successfully voted out of a committee, called...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

House budget debate conjures comparison to cowboy ethics

Recently, I read a book titled Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn From the Code of the West. That book, as wellas the debate in the state House last week about budget cuts for the current...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

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