Another week down. We are now one quarter of the way through the 120-day legislative session. This was a relatively slow week at the Capitol for issues the Association is tracking. Some of the biggest news at the Capitol this week related to Monday’s over 10-hour debate on House Bill 1106 that requires the safe storage of firearms. As expected, the bill passed almost party-line; all Republicans and one Democrat voted against it. HB 1106 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
I have heard two bills that make changes to Senate Bill 20-217 are likely to be introduced soon. The sponsors of both bills have kept the contents of the bills close to the vest. These two bills are very high priorities for me.
This coming Friday the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) will hear the quarterly revenue forecasts from Legislative Council and the Governor’s Office of State Planning & Budgeting (OSPB). It is expected that these forecasts will bring good news in terms of the amount of money available for next year’s budget that starts July 1st. The JBC has been meeting since January to tentatively approve next year’s spending for each department. After receiving the forecasts on Friday, the JBC will pick one forecast on which to base next year’s budget, which will determine how much money the legislature can spend. The JBC will then finalize each department’s spending and introduce next year’s budget (also known as the Long Bill) in the next few weeks.
This past Friday as the House was getting ready to adjourn for the weekend and with the current snowstorm on everyone’s mind, House Minority Leader Hugh McKean (R-Loveland) went to the mic to remind everyone of the Move Over and Slow Down law that was enacted last year and championed by the Association. Rep. McKean pleaded with everyone to: “take care, slow down, give people distance and if you see lights ahead whether it is a snowplow, a tow truck or an officer or anybody on the side of the road, slow down and move over. This is when we need to be our most alert, this is actually what takes care of the men and women who serve us so well.” I wanted you all to know that the work you do is valued at the Capitol and it is a pleasure and an honor to represent you. Only 90 days until the General Assembly is required to adjourn sine die.