Ellen Roberts

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

Budget process shows need for change

As the Rockies begin the new baseball season in Denver, the Senate has begun debating the budget bill for next year. The first is definitely more fun than the second.The budget will come to the...

DATE: April 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Higher education shouldn't face $300M cut

The No. 1 thing the Legislature has to do every year is come up with a balanced state budget, and I don't think we are there yet. The Joint Budget Committee will present a balanced budget to the...

DATE: April 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Budget cuts are putting Legislature to the test

There was an abrupt and snowy end to the week at the Legislature with a heavy spring snowstorm hitting the Denver area. We were dismissed at noon Thursday and were told we wouldn't be meeting at...

DATE: March 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

No real surprises in economic news

 The state's economic forecast was just delivered to the Legislature and there were no real surprises that I could see. These are tough times and the numbers bear that out. From what I know from...

DATE: March 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Rules worthy without amendments

Last week, I told you about the debate about the rules review bill that includes the new rules regulating the gas and oil industry. Those proposed rules span more than 175 pages and include new...

DATE: March 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Criticism needed for gas, oil rules

Two years ago, the Colorado Legislature passed three bills that centered around the gas and oil industry and the impact energy production has on surface owners, the state's wildlife and the...

DATE: March 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Some emotional debates mark long week

If you've wondered whether my job at the Legislature is boring, last week's events should prove to you otherwise.The contentious week began with a vote on House Bill 1260, a measure that provides...

DATE: March 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Measure raises health care access

It's been a while since I've written about the bills I'm carrying this session, so here's an update. The two juvenile justice bills are headed to the Senate, as is my youth council amendment bill....

DATE: Feb. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Supplemental bills now in House

Friday was the 45th day of the 120-day legislative session. However, it seemed more like the 100th. Committee hearings were going late, legislators and staff were looking tired and stressed, and...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Committee looks at system's returns

This week, I'm reporting on the work of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ). I'm one of a few legislator members on this commission, and we've been meeting for more than...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Bills making way through process

Over the last few weeks I have written about several bills I am sponsoring. They are still moving through the legislative process.House Bill 1014, which will provide funds for the Division of Real...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

State budget issues dominate work at Capitol

A visitor to the Capitol might think everything is pretty much business as usual. A lot of bills covering many different topics are moving through the House and Senate committees. But while it may...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

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