2015 Senate Bills
SB15-008: Promote Water Conservation in Land Use PlanningOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill is not just a suggestion that local governments (or “covered entities”) take yet to-be-developed training programs on water conservation “best practices” from the state, but it then extorts them by requiring the state to consider the covered entities’ participation in said training programs before awarding them any grants for their proposed water projects.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB15-009: Public Building Woody Biomass Energy Grant ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

Spending a million dollars a year to awards grants to public entities for using “woody biomass” as a fuel source.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB15-011: Pilot Prog Spinal Cord Injury Alternative MedicineOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would extend a pilot program that POL opposed before. In addition to mandating a minimum of 100 people to be admitted into the plan, you can see the transition from “gift, grants, or donations” to “appropriations”.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB15-018: Repeal Late Vehicle Registration FeeSupport
Position: Support

Repeal. Late. Vehicle. Registration. Fee. (or TAX, if you will).

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB15-019: Health Exchange AuditSupport
Position: Support

The bill allows the state auditor to conduct a performance audit of the Colorado health benefit exchange and submit a written report to the legislative audit committee with any findings and recommendations.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB15-020: Schools Responsible for Child Sexual Abuse Awareness EdOppose
Position: Oppose

Massive new curriculum and reporting requirements for schools because, you know, public schools are just rocking it with their education of students (can you say college remediation rates?) and have such extra time in their day (I thought they were always testing, testing, testing and had no time for teaching…?) that they need to make this a part of the curriculum for students and add massive administrative requirements for teachers. Not. This is more proposed state mandates for school districts, when the state constitution specifically says that the school boards are to be in charge.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB15-021: Interstate Pest Control Compact RepealSupport
Position: Support

Repealing an entire Article of Colorado Revised Statutes? Nice. Bi-partisan, too!

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB15-030: Prostitution Defense For Human Trafficking VictimSupport
Position: Support

This bill addresses culpability for the crime of prostitution when the person is a victim of human trafficking. Specifically, it creates an affirmative defense for state or municipal offenses committed on or after July 1, 2015, if the act was committed as a direct result of the person being a victim of human trafficking.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
SB15-031: Reciprocity To Practice Occupation Or ProfessionSupport
Position: Support

Current law allows a military spouse to practice an occupation or profession during the person's first year of residence in Colorado if the person is authorized to practice in another state (and some other stipulations). This bill would expand this practice to all persons during their first year of residence in CO. What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Want to encourage job creation in Colorado? Make it easier for business people to move here and set up shop.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB15-032: Lift Restriction on Carrying of FirearmsSupport
Position: Support

We have supported in the past, and will continue to do so. The second amendment should be sufficient.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
SB15-034: Reduce Finance Charge Limit For Credit CardsOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill limits the finance charge allowed on a credit card issued by a Colorado lender to 12.5%. Price controls by the government because the free markets really can’t function without government interference, and you, dear consumer, are in dire need of government protection.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-041: Local Government Regulation Amateur Radio AntennasSupport
Position: Support

The federal communications commission (FCC) currently limits the authority of local governments to regulate amateur radio communications. Any local government regulation must be based on health, safety, or aesthetic considerations, must be crafted to reasonably accommodate amateur radio communications, and must represent the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish a legitimate purpose of the local government. The bill specifies that no local government shall enact or enforce an ordinance or resolution regulating amateur radio antennas that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in the PRB-1.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Property Rights
SB15-044: Reduction in Colorado’s Renewable Energy StandardSupport
Position: Support

POL decried the massive intervention into the energy markets in the War on Rural Colorado. This bill would at least knock those onerous mandated renewable energy regulations down a notch.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-045: Tax Credits For Nonpublic EducationSupport
Position: Support

Advancing choice in education is the only viable solution for the monolith of failure particularly in the poorest districts. Extorting parents by holding their children hostage in failing schools and demanding more money is a failed strategy. Let’s give people choice in how/where to educate their children.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
SB15-047: Voluntary Opt-out Of Rules Notices To LegislatorsOppose
Position: Oppose

Under current law, the Office of Legislative Legal Services (OLLS) provides written notice to legislators when administrative rules adopted by state agencies are the result of legislation for which the member was a prime sponsor or cosponsor. This bill would allow for legislators to voluntarily opt out of this rules notice procedure. HEY - YOU LEGISLATED IT, YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
SB15-048: Require Youth Sports Org’s to Require Background ChecksOppose
Position: Oppose

Just about every sports organization already does this because of liability and the fact that the free markets demand it. Must we have more government regulation from the nanny state because we can’t think for ourselves or take the personal responsibility of knowing who we hand our kids off to?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-050: Scholarships to Award Colorado’s Excellent ScholarsOppose
Position: Oppose

The top 3 GPA recipients from every high school graduating class (only public schools, of course) get to go to a Colorado college on our dime, because they deserve for us to fund their education. Not. Why are some people so insistent on inventing new ways to spend our money? Is this the role of the state government? No.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB15-054: Free Or Reduced-cost Lunch Five Days All SchoolsOppose
Position: Oppose

Box lunches for students to take home for lunch at home the next day. Seriously. Michelle would be so proud.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB15-061: Disclosure Requirement Small Issue CommitteesSupport
Position: Support

Currently, the Fair Campaign Practices Act in the Colorado state constitution imposes a $200 threshold for issue committees; however, recent court rulings have found that this limit violates an issue committee's freedom of speech and association. This bill specifies that campaign finance disclosure and reporting requirements do not apply to issue committees until an issue committee has raised or spent in excess of $5,000. What’s the ‘right’ answer? Depends on who you talk to. But this bill could provide a lively discussion on that topic. While this bill is not necessarily a constitutionally sound approach to the issue, it could provide some movement in the right direction toward free speech.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
SB15-066: Noncitizen Resident Identification DocumentsOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would expand the types of documents that may be accepted by the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) from individuals not lawfully present in Colorado when the individual is applying to receive a driver's license, instruction permit, or identification card.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB15-071: Pharm Substitute Interchangeable BiologicalSupport
Position: Support

This bill would allow pharmacists to substitute generic biological products in a similar manner to how they do with chemical drugs. Seems reasonable.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-085: Small Business Cottage FoodsSupport
Position: Support

This bill would expand the “Colorado Cottage Foods Act” to allow more producers freedom to operate without government regulation and interference. Bigger bake sales for everyone!

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-094: Employment Of Community College FacultyOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill requires that the state community college system classify all employees with teaching responsibilities as faculty. Once reclassified, all faculty employees must be treated the same, commensurate with the employee's education and experience, with respect to compensation, benefits, job security, due process, and teaching and non-teaching responsibilities. What could possibly go wrong there? The estimated cost to the state is only $97,100,000 to the state in fiscal year 2016-2017.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility