2014 Senate Bills
SB14-001: College Affordability ActOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-003: Colorado Child Care Assistance ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-005: Wage Protection ActOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB14-006: Early Childhood Educator Development ScholarshipOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-007: Cnty General Fund For Road & Bridge Flood DamageSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-009: Disclose Separate Ownership Mineral EstateOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
SB14-010: Manufactured Home CommunitiesOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB14-011: Colorado Energy Research AuthorityOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-015: Hospitality Career Ed Grant ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-016: CDPHE Regulate Freestanding Emergency CentersOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would essentially shut down free-standing emergency centers because some of our legislators are staunch advocates of single-payer health care.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB14-017: Limit Use Of Ag Water For Lawn IrrigationOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
SB14-018: Prohibit Nicotine Product Distribution To MinorsOppose
Position: Oppose

Momma’s, don’t let your babies grow up to be… nicotine users. And since parents apparently are not up to snuff (pun intended) on this job, the government is here to help.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
SB14-020: Motorcycle Operator Safety TrainingNot Rated
Position: Not Rated

Update 3/20: We originally rated this bill as oppose, but we are amending to not rated. While we do not agree that this program is a proper role of government, the program does exist and this bill is an attempt to modify the program. There appear to be conflicting principles. Increasing transparency and accountability of government (limiting government, CDOT in particular) is good, but we still have some concerns about supporting this program in any way at all. As a result of conflicting principles, we are moving to not rated.

Previous Position: Oppose

This bill re-allocates money for this program from the government spending 15% of the funds to spending 30% of the funds, taking the cash away from the programs it is supposed to fund.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-027: Judicial Dept Background ChecksOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
SB14-028: Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Station GrantsOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-029: Architectural Paint Stewardship ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB14-032: Alternative Health Care Providers Treat ChildrenSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-033: Tax Credits For Nonpublic EducationSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
SB14-034: Strengthen Press Shield LawSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
SB14-035: Renewable Energy Std Repeal SB 13-252Support
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB14-038: Governor Cannot Restrict Firearms During EmergencySupport
Position: Support

This one should be obvious, but to clarify – in the wake of “Katrina-like” events, with rampant lawlessness, overwhelmed (or nowhere to be found) law enforcement and other government agencies, law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their most fundamental right, that is, their right to their own life and the ability to protect it. The most exigent of civil circumstances is NOT the time to restrict the individual’s constitutional rights of self-preservation.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
SB14-040: Interstate Sales Individual Health Benefit PlansSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • States vs. Federal Balance of Power
SB14-043: Greenhouses & Nurseries Other Ag PropSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-050: Financial Assistance In Colorado HospitalsOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB14-055: Vehicles Subject To Daily Rental FeeOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-063: Mandatory Review Of State Agency RulesSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-067: Medical Assistance Program Align With Federal LawOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • States vs. Federal Balance of Power
SB14-068: Retirement Age For PERA MembersSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-070: Application CORA Assns Elected OfficialsSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-077: Concurrent Jurisdiction Over USFS & BLM LandSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • States vs. Federal Balance of Power
SB14-080: Statutory Prop Valuation Arbitrator QualificationsSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-081: School Building Inspections Plumbing & ElectricalSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-087: Identification Card Issuance StandardsOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB14-088: Suicide Prevention CommissionOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-089: Prohibit State Agreements Payment In Lieu Of TaxOppose
Position: Oppose

Because unlike you and me, the state shouldn’t ever have to pay property tax (or make a payment in lieu of taxes) to counties or local governments. Only producing taxpayers should have to pay property taxes, not state government!

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-090: No Background Check For Step-relationsSupport
Position: Support

Any rollback of last year’s over-reaching, property-right, liberty-violating laws is a move in the right direction.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
SB14-091: Cede Federal Agricultural Public LandsSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • States vs. Federal Balance of Power
SB14-093: Pipeline Right-of-WayOppose
Position: Oppose

Ok, so this bill is favored by both political parties in the name of the “public good”. Sorry, but property rights should not be so easily violated with a mere wave of the legislative hand. POL is all for oil, gas, and pipelines to move said product, but not at the expense of violating private property rights. If that path for a pipeline is so valuable, pipeline builders and property owners will find an agreeable price to transact. If not, the pipelines will have to find a more economically (for them) viable route. Just as it is not the role of government to fix prices for any product on the market, it is not the role of government to utilize eminent domain to force a pipeline path upon private property in order to reduce expenses for energy companies and their customers. The free market is built upon property rights. Period.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
SB14-094: Background Checks And Fees For Gun TransfersSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
SB14-095: Pharmacies Compounding Drugs For HospitalsSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-098: Crimes Against At-risk EldersOppose
Position: Oppose



This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB14-100: Repeal Large-capacity Ammunition Magazine BanSupport
Position: Support

While Colorado may be making a little bit more money on gas taxes due to people driving to Wyoming to get their magazines, that’s no solace for this egregious property right violation. Liberty. Property rights. Limited government. ‘nuff said.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
SB14-101: Veterinary Technicians Deceptive Trade PracticesOppose
Position: Oppose

More regulation… because it makes you safe.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-102: Employment Opportunity Act Financial InstitutionsSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-103: Phase In High-efficiency Water Fixture OptionsOppose
Position: Oppose

If POL has to explain this one, then clearly you are reading this for competitive intel. Another step toward the Californication of Colorado.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
SB14-105: Stop Water Cash Fund Transfers To General FundSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-111: Interstate Sale Small Employer Health Benefit PlanSupport
Position: Support

The idea of opening up free markets in any way is a move in the right direction.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB14-114: Student Access To CSU Global CampusOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill is a bit “in the weeds” and has some history behind it. Suffice to say, the bill title does not accurately describe the situation. This bill is more about reneging on prior contracts than providing student access.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
SB14-117: Reauthorize Regulation Real Estate AppraisersOppose
Position: Oppose

Because the state must regulate for your continued protection.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-119: Decriminalize Prohibited Practices For LobbyistsSupport
Position: Support

Just by reading POL you’ve probably broken some of the arcane, over-bearing statutes of Colorado without even knowing it. Mention POL when discussing legislation with your legislators for potential extra penalties! Decriminalization of things that shouldn’t be “criminal” is a good thing.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
SB14-122: Tobacco Credit For Sales To Out-of-state ConsumersSupport
Position: Support



This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-123: POST Board Rule Authority Training SuspensionsOppose
Position: Oppose

Increased certification fees, increased vehicle registration fees, and more generous grant giveaway opportunities.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-129: Marijuana Criminal Provision Clean UpSupport
Position: Support

This bill reduces some penalties for underage possession or consumption of alcohol and creates/aligns the same penalties with respect to marijuana. On a side note, the fiscal note presents some interesting statistics on the gender and ethnicity on similar crimes – not necessarily what might be expected.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
SB14-131: Motor Vehicle Registration Card InformationSupport
Position: Support

Creates a reduction in some of the information that you have to have on your vehicle registration. One small step for privacy.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-133: Mandatory Licensure Private InvestigatorsOppose
Position: Oppose

This is a “shock” – last year’s “voluntary” licensure of PI’s now wants to go full-test and become mandatory. Only the government is capable of regulating for your safety, as if you are too incompetent and dis-interested in your own personal welfare to look out for your own interest... NOT.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
SB14-136: Delay Statewide Testing Study Academic StandardsSupport
Position: Support

Does it makes sense for the state legislature, charged with overseeing the constitutionally guaranteed education of Colorado’s kids, to actually review these proposed federal educational standards (NOT a federal power, BTW) being proposed for our state to see if they make sense before rushing to implement them for the benefit of the special interests who are pushing them (hint – the special interests are NOT the children)? POL thinks so.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-138: Civil Immunity For Volunteers At Emergencies Support
Position: Support

Provides some protection from frivolous lawsuits against volunteers (defined under the Volunteer Service Act) acting along with first responders.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-142: Pesticide Inspection Water And Wastewater SystemsSupport
Position: Support

Hooray – a bill that eliminates a redundant government function!

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-144: Family Medicine Residency Programs In Rural AreasOppose
Position: Oppose

Because the state must centrally plan health care to create fairness for all (except those of you who pay taxes and are plundered to fund it).

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB14-145: Water Conservation IncentivesOppose
Position: Oppose

The state must tell you how to do everything because free markets and property rights are subsidiary to the wisdom of government.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
SB14-147: Increased Well Pumping Study South Platte RiverSupport
Position: Support

Using scientific research in order to help determine good water policy? Great idea!

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Property Rights
SB14-148: Insurer Market Conduct Exams Actual Harm InsuredsSupport
Position: Support

Bringing some rationality and common sense to regulation is a good thing.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-150: School Counselor Corps Grant ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

Expands (doubles) a grant program for counseling services. Maybe they’ll include some counseling for students when they realize that they are going to have to take remediation classes in college.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-156: Public Benefit Corp Must File Annual ReportsOppose
Position: Oppose

POL was against the establishment of these Public Benefit Corporations. Now that they exist, POL is against additional regulatory burdens being placed upon them.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB14-160: Transitional Living Program For Brain InjuredOppose
Position: Oppose

Redefining “Transitional” is easy if you’re government. This bill literally strikes the “transition” part from the definition of “Transitional living”. 1984 Newspeak. Look: Before – “(10) “Transitional living” means a nonmedical residential program that provides training and twenty-four-hour supervision to a recipient over a six-to-twelve-month period that will enhance the recipient’s ability to live more independently.” After – “(10) “Transitional living” means a nonmedical residential program that provides training and twenty-four-hour supervision to a recipient that will enhance the recipient’s ability to live more independently.” Might as well tack on “forever” just to be clear.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
SB14-165: K-12 Academic Growth Performance Eval 2014-15Oppose
Position: Oppose

This pushes back teaching standards that were hard-fought in prior legislative sessions in order to make way for PARCC (common core) testing. This goes against transparency and accountability within the principle of limited government.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-166: Create By Colorado App To Promote Businesses In COOppose
Position: Oppose

Is there such a shortage of “Apps” that you need government to spend your money to create some of its own? If you really think that state should take our money from us in order to create “Apps” to advertise “local businesses” then we fundamentally disagree on the role of government and you are reading POL purely for competitive intelligence.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-167: Opportunity Schools Pilot InitiativeOppose
Position: Oppose

Additional funding for additional programs for high-risk students by creating transformative educational programs targeted for them. Call it “transformative” and that makes it a silver bullet, right? And while we’re at it, let’s extend the program to follow participants through their first year of college as well, because you just can’t get enough of a transformative program. What makes a programs “transformative”? That’s wide open, so use your imagination when you apply.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB14-169: Office Of Information Technology Reports To GASupport
Position: Support

Our lone “support” this week. Accountability is good.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-171: New Energy District Finance Water ConservationOppose
Position: Oppose

Under current law, the Colorado New Energy Improvement District may arrange financing, secured by a lien on affected real estate, for the installation of energy efficiency improvements in residences and commercial buildings. This bill adds water conservation fixtures to the definition of an energy efficiency improvement.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB14-173: Testing for Hepatitus COppose
Position: Oppose

Because the state needs to tell doctors what they should be doing to treat their patients.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
SB14-174: Prosecution Fellowship ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

State sponsored program in the department of higher education to help in placing more prosecutors in rural areas.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-177: Definition Drug-endangered Child Children's CodeOppose
Position: Oppose

A broad expansion of state government powers to determine who’s fit to parent.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
SB14-178: Drug-endangered Child Criminal CodeOppose
Position: Oppose

A broad expansion of state government powers to determine who’s fit to parent.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government