2015 House Bills
HB15-1001: Early Childhood Educator Development ScholarshipsOppose
Position: Oppose

More tax money (don’t buy the “gifts, grants and donations canard - those of you who have been to POL training have seen how that works…) for the department of human services to fund the personal education of early childhood education professionals, enabling them to obtain a post-secondary credential in childhood education. Paying for someone else’s credentials is YOUR responsibility since it’s for the children? No, it’s not.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB15-1005: Veterans Free Admission State ParksOppose
Position: Oppose

2015 is shaping up to be the year of the ingratiation of veterans. A number of bills singling out veterans for special treatment because of their service are coming over the desk this year. A veteran in one of our POL classes was pretty clear that his service was unconditional and that he chose to serve our country to fight for the principles it was founded on, which includes the equal application of the rule of law to everyone, not for special treatments.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB15-1009: Repeal Large Ammo Magazine BanSupport
Position: Support

This bill would repeal recent legislation passed to limit magazine capacities for firearms. POL opposed that legislation when run, and supports this legislation to repeal.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
HB15-1018: Protecting Seniors From Elder AbuseOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill expands the list created in recent legislation (which POL opposed) to include more people who are required by law to report “abuse” or “exploitation” of people over 70. Now included are accountants, financial planners, insurance agents, postal workers, and bus drivers. Pretty soon we’ll ALL be breaking this law in some way unbeknownst to us.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB15-1019: Victims Of Human Trafficking And ProstitutionSupport
Position: Support

This bill creates an affirmative defense to prostitution by a minor if the minor is a victim of human trafficking for the purpose of the offense.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
HB15-1020: Funding For Full-day KindergartenOppose
Position: Oppose

A cool $236,000,000 to fund more full-day kindergarten. We aren’t convinced that the fiscal note has even covered all of the additional consequences of such largesse with respect to breakfasts, lunches, additional services, etc. And this comes from the same legislator who opined this summer that you and your well-intentioned friends, family and neighbors require the benevolent guidance of the state because you’re just not capable of preparing kids for the rigors of kindergarten these days (bless your hearts). Cradle to grave.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB15-1024: Increasing Number Of CO Preschool Program StudentsOppose
Position: Oppose

More cradle to grave, with this one reaching down to pre-school.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB15-1027: In-state Tuition American Indian Tribes Ties to COOppose
Position: Oppose

Let’s just quote ourselves from last year on this one, “This bill would allow Native American students who live outside of Colorado to pay in-state college tuition if they are members of an American Indian tribe that has historical ties to Colorado. Estimated cost to Colorado taxpayers is over $5 million per year. Why let a little thing like non-residence get in the way of in-state tuition?” This year, they’ve managed to whittle the fiscal note down to about $3,000,000, but the principles remain the same.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB15-1028: Repeal Merchant LicensingSupport
Position: Support

We will let you read the bill yourself…   “In Colorado Revised Statutes, repeal article 51 of title 12.”   Brevity is the soul of wit.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB15-1029: Health Care Delivery Via Telemedicine StatewideOppose
Position: Oppose

We think we understand the thought behind this bill, which would be to mitigate the cost of Colorado’s health exchange to citizens. But the bill mandates services and prices to the industry. This bill requires all health benefit plans in Colorado to provide beneficiaries with telemedicine options when telemedicine is considered an equal standard of care. Health insurance carriers must reimburse providers for telemedicine services on the same basis of in-person care for the diagnosis, treatment, or consultation of care. Payments from carriers must include reasonable compensation for the transmission cost of telemedicine care. More unintended consequences of government run health care system.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB15-1030: Employment Services For Veterans Pilot ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

2015 is shaping up to be the year of the ingratiation of veterans. A number of bills singling out veterans for special treatment because of their service are coming over the desk this year. A veteran in one of our POL classes was pretty clear that his service was unconditional and that he chose to serve our country to fight for the principles it was founded on, which includes the equal application of the rule of law to everyone, not for special treatments.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB15-1031: Ban Use Sale Possession of Powdered AlcoholOppose
Position: Oppose

Here we go – powdered alcohol drinks should be banned because… it’s for the children. Banning new products/markets as soon as they are conceived, whether they are a good free market idea or not, because you can think of ways a product might be misused, is classic nanny state government regulation.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB15-1039: Prescription Give-back For InstitutionsSupport
Position: Support

Current law restricts the use of donated medications, medical supplies, and medical devices by a nonprofit entity to purposes related to aiding the victims of a disaster. The bill removes this restriction. In addition, the bill removes the requirement that a medication dispensed or donated must bear an expiration date that is 6 months later than the date the drug was donated, instead only requiring that the drug be unexpired. The bill also prohibits the resale of donated materials.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB15-1045: Veterans Entrance Fee State ParksOppose
Position: Oppose

(Ibid. from HB15-1030) 2015 is shaping up to be the year of the ingratiation of veterans. A number of bills singling out veterans for special treatment because of their service are coming over the desk this year. A veteran in one of our POL classes was pretty clear that his service was unconditional and that he chose to serve our country to fight for the principles it was founded on, which includes the equal application of the rule of law to everyone, not for special treatments.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB15-1047: Internet Sweepstakes Cafes Simulated GamblingOppose
Position: Oppose

This is a renewed fight from last year. POL was somewhat torn last year, but after reflection, and after reading this bill, we think that this is just overkill by “law and order” types who push the fear that without government regulation and oversight, blood will run in the streets. Don’t buy it.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
HB15-1049: Deadly Force Against Intruders in BusinessesSupport
Position: Support

POL has supported this legislation in the past and does again this year. Anyone watch the HBO Documentary on the massacre at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi in 2013? Heard of Charlie Hebdo this week? You are your own first responder.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
HB15-1050: Repeal Gun Transfer Background Check Rqmnt & FeeSupport
Position: Support

POL opposed that legislation when run, and supports this legislation to repeal. This would repeal a costly and ineffective infringement on individual liberty and property rights.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
HB15-1053: Ages at Which Children Must Attend SchoolSupport
Position: Support

Here’s something new – instead of the push for ever expanding cradle-to-grave mandated supervision by the state, a bill that would reduce government compulsion and return some personal responsibility and choice back to parents and families. Novel.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB15-1062: Increase Penalties For Animal FightingOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill mandates new, much higher minimum penalties that match the current maximums. The new mandated minimum fine would be $1,000 for a first offense and $5,000 for a second offense. There have been a total of two convictions for the crime of animal fighting in the past 3 years, neither of which included a fine, which up to this point has been at the discretion of the court (you know, that body that oversees the proceedings of a case). This bill is a waste of taxpayer money, and to what end…?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
HB15-1066: Repeal Health Benefit ExchangeSupport
Position: Support

This bill would repeal the Colorado health Care Exchange. Hey, we can dream, can’t we?

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB15-1067: Continuing Professional Development for PsychologistsOppose
Position: Oppose

Colorado is one of half a dozen states that currently do not mandate continuing education for Psychologists. This bill would change that. The bill requires a licensed psychologist to complete continuing professional development and educational hours to maintain his or her license as a psychologist. More regulation.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB15-1068: Motor Vehicle Impeding TrafficOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would define a person to be, “… impeding traffic if at least 4 motor vehicles are following immediately behind and the person is traveling at least 5 miles per hour below the speed limit.” I suppose that local sheriffs and other law enforcement can’t make such an enormous decisions on their own, so the legislature must step in to pick these nits, er, write these laws?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
HB15-1077: Modify Late Vehicle Registration FeeSupport
Position: Support

This bill essentially repeals the FASTER late fees, setting them back to where they were before. Now we’re back on the right track (pun intended).

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB15-1085: Publish County Fiscal Information On-lineSupport
Position: Support

This bill would allow counties to print reports online instead in print. We see these sorts of bills every year, but a dying print media refuses to release their clutch on this cash cow. Let it go… let it go…

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Fiscal Responsibility
HB15-1100: Sales Tax Revenue To Older Coloradans Cash FundOppose
Position: Oppose

More redistribution. How many special classes of people can you come up with that are pushed as “exceptions” in need of forced redistribution of our property by the state. If you can’t come up with 10 in 30 seconds, you’re not trying hard enough.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB15-1103: Concerning Peace Officer Status for Certain Department of Revenue EmployeesOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would give peace officer authority to criminal tax enforcement special agents and motor vehicle criminal investigators in the department of revenue. Not only does the bill give these powers to these special employees of the department of revenue, but it even states that this authority includes the enforcement of all laws of the state of Colorado. Finally, it states the said employees MAY be certified by the P.O.S.T Board. 

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
HB15-1104: Educator Expenses State Income Tax DeductionOppose
Position: Oppose

Here’s another one of those special classes now.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law