The Home Stretch: Legislative News from 2015 Session
The 2015 Colorado Legislative session will officially wrap on May 14, about three weeks from today. So, it’s time to check in with Lake County’s representatives under the Golden Dome, for a progress report.
This year, Rep. Millie Hamner served on the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) which is given the responsibility to develop a budget for the state to operate under. Fortunately the group was able to come to an agreement last week, which will hopefully be complete with the governor’s signature soon. After all, its a constitutional requirement for the state legislature to pass a balanced budget.
Most relevant to local voters was the passage of HB-1060, which requires that defendants in sexual assault cases to appear before a judge prior to their release from jail on bond. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Millie Hamner, who also led the charge to pass Vonnie’s Law back in 2012.
More than one hundred bills are making their way through the process in this year’s session, covering a variety of issues from Medical Marijuana to End-of-life Decisions to State Funding Allocations, the latter being an issue that both Senator Kerry Donovan and Rep. Hamner address in their legislative updates.
The links to both can be found below. So, log in and hear what your local representatives have to say about the 2015 Colorado Legislative Session which will conclude 7 weeks from today on May 14, 2015.