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
SB14-012: Aid To The Needy Disabled ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

Increases entitlement benefits by $8,500,000 and goes up annually from there.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-014: Prop Tax Rent Heat Fuel Grants For Low-incomeOppose
Position: Oppose

Increasing entitlement benefits by $5,000,000 and going up from there

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • 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
SB14-057: Continuation Enhanced Unemployment InsOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill extends enhanced unemployment insurance (UI) compensation benefits for eligible unemployment insurance claimants engaged in an approved training program for entry into an occupation through 2017 to the tune of $4,000,000 per year.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • 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
SB14-073: Brown Field Contaminated Land Income Tax CreditOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would provide $7,500,000 of income tax credits to local governments or non-profit entities that perform any approved environmental rendition of contaminated property.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB14-076: New Limited-impact Mining Permit CategorySupport
Position: Support

Allows for small mining operations in Colorado. Yay for property rights!

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • 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
SB14-124: School Turnaround Leaders Development ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill repeals the School Leadership Academy Program in the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), and replaces it with the School Turnaround Leaders Development Program. If the original “Leadership Academy” program had been remotely successful, then why would we need to convert it into the “Turnaround Leaders Development Program”? The irony would be humorous if it weren’t so tragic.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
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
SB14-159: Implement Med Clean Claims Recommendations Oppose
Position: Oppose

Extends a government task force the purpose of which is to promulgate mandates on the formats for insurance claim reporting. We’re thinking that central planning of an industry’s practices is not the role of government.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
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
SB14-180: Transfer Senior Dental Program To DHCPFOppose
Position: Oppose

Providing dental benefits to low income seniors, because that’s the role of government…

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB14-181: Prohibit Automated Camera Vehicle IdentificationSupport
Position: Support

Finally, a bill we can get excited about. Repealing state authorization to use automated systems for traffic violations. Similar legislation has been run for several years in the past, but for some reason this year it seems to be getting traction. When people ask “Why run the same bill every year when you know it will get shot down?” then here’s an answer.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
SB14-182: School Boards Meeting In Executive SessionOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill targets school boards for “special” treatment that other entities don’t get, courtesy of your local teacher union.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB14-183: Business Incentive Agreement Maximum TermOppose
Position: Oppose

Currently, local governments are authorized to negotiate incentives or tax credits for businesses that pay personal property tax if the business will establish a new facility, expand an existing facility, or if there is simply a substantial risk that the business might leave the state. Those incentives are limited to 10 year deals. This bill would allow these agreements to be for as long as 35 years. While the idea of local control could be entertained here, the principles of equal protection of the rule of law and free markets (picking winners and losers as to who has to pay their taxes and who doesn’t) seem to weigh more heavily. Plus, as former State Representative Don Beezley wrote a couple of weeks ago, “A detailed 2002 study, published in the Journal of Regional Science of more than 350 companies that received incentives, found incentives had a negative effect on these companies's [SIC] ability to create jobs.”

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB14-185: Pay For Success Contracts For Early Childhood EdOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill combines an Obama-esque “jobs saved” approach to state expenses (just substitute “expenses saved” for “jobs saved”) with an expansion of government into more unproven “early childhood education” programs. The idea is that the state will pay for new early childhood education programs with the cost savings that said programs will deliver to the state because of its successful delivery of early learning and development services. It’s sort of analogous to TIF financing in a way, except that while TIF is predicated on anticipated tax revenues, this “Pay for Success” concept is predicated on anticipated cost savings. I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today…

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-186: Efficient School & Community Performance ContractOppose
Position: Oppose

Developing and financing energy efficiency projects in rural Colorado. Because last year state legislature declared war on rural Colorado with increased renewable energy mandates, and this year we need to take some of other Coloradoans’ tax money and redistribute it to rural Colorado in some sort of make-up attempt…? Peter, meet Paul. Paul, this is Peter. You’ve both been fleeced.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB14-187: Colorado Commission Affordable Health CareOppose
Position: Oppose

Because we just can’t help ourselves from pushing government into everything. This bill itself states that, “Private sector initiatives already exist to analyze costs and improve quality of health care in Colorado, but they lack the visibility and emphasis that a legislative focus will provide.” There you have it – the “private sector sucks and only government can save you” health care commission bill.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB14-193: Location Information After US v JonesSupport
Position: Support

Thank God, our bill analysis #27 this week brings us a bill to keep our heads from exploding after the first 26. Standing up for the Fourth Amendment! This bill would codify in state law the essence of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court holding that the use of a GPS device to monitor a vehicle’s movement constitutes a search and must be preceded by a warrant.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
  • Uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of Colorado
SB14-196: FAMLI Insurance Program Wage Replacement Oppose
Position: Oppose

This bill is the show-stopper for this week. This bill would create a Family And Medical Leave Insurance program (FAMLI – catchy, because everyone should love families!) in the department of labor and employment. This new social program would provide benefits to eligible individuals who take off from work to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition, or who are unable to work due to their own serious health condition. The proposed program is projected to quickly ramp up taxes, er that is, premiums, of $434,000,000 per year and expenditures of $493,000,000. For those of you enamored with Common Core math, we’ll give you the short answer - this means a projected loss of $59,000,000. A half-billion dollar benefit, uh, insurance, program (and designed to lose money, to boot) because sucking a half a billion dollars per year out Colorado’s economy is such a small price to pay for government-paid family leave. What could possibly go wrong?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-200: Alternative Fuel Vehicles & High Occupancy LanesOppose
Position: Oppose

Alternative fuel vehicles get to use HOV lanes at any time, regardless of the number of occupants.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB14-202: Funding For Energy Efficiency In SchoolsOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill increases the availability of funds for school districts to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. Worked for Solyndra, we’re sure this will be a winner for schools and most importantly, Colorado taxpayers.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-204: Education Data Privacy And Security Act Support
Position: Support

This bill would be a step toward limiting the state government on their collection and use of data on students and teachers without consent, as well as transparency requirements for data collection.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-205: Talent Pipeline Working GroupOppose
Position: Oppose

Yet another bill to help centrally plan the state’s economy and workforce. The state workforce development council, the department of higher education, the department of education, the department of labor and employment, and the Colorado office of economic development are to work collaboratively to create a “talent pipeline development infrastructure” that will create a talent pipeline to match the anticipated needs of our state economy. Who needs a free market when such brilliance can simply be legislated?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB14-208: Veteran License Certificate RegistrationOppose
Position: Oppose

POL opposed HB14-1183, which was a similar bill for active military. This bill would extend that special treatment to veterans as well.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB14-209: Insurer Investments In Real Property NAIC ModelSupport
Position: Support

This bill would incorporate NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) model legislation regarding limitations on insurance companies’ abilities to make certain investments. The NAIC guidelines are considered something like a “best practices” standard in the insurance industry. The investment guidelines for insurers that would be adopted by this bill would be a little bit less restrictive than Colorado’s current laws. This would provide for a small decrease in investment regulation for insurers.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB14-211: Alzheimers Disease Center Oppose
Position: Oppose

This bill provides that the University of Colorado School of Medicine may continue to treat those who cannot afford to pay for it. So who picks up the tab? (you, dear taxpayer). The bill goes on to allow the school of medicine to write the rules for who’s eligible for this largesse, carry out educational programs in the community, etc. The University of Colorado Medical School assures us that for now they don’t need any state funding, because they simply want to go after federal funding (um, that’s still YOU, if you pay federal taxes). Any bets on what happens when the unpaid medical care, etc. outstrips federal funding? Or if/when any federal funding dries up? Is it the role of government to fund medical research? POL falls into the free market camp.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB14-216: State-level Affordable Housing IncentivesOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill requires the state government to create affordable housing incentives by rebating, or paying for, insurance premiums for developers that create multi-family, owner-occupied affordable housing. It specifically provides the Director of the division of housing to make up the rules of the game and then propose it to the state housing board for approval. So the bill doesn’t even direct the actual entitlement – it simply empowers a regulatory agency to create it as it sees fit. This bill specifically delegates powers to a state agency to rule by regulatory fiat. We’re not sure how that even passes the constitutionality test. How can you propose legislation that you cannot even create a fiscal note for, given that the scope of the entitlement is TBD? It’s bad enough that this legislature is completing its legislative cramdown as the session draws to a close, but now they want to empower state agencies to continue their expansion of government programs even after the session comes to an end.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB14-219: Owner-occupied Affordable Housing StudyOppose
Position: Oppose

This is another bill pushing a redistribution policy in the name of affordable housing. The bill declares that there is a shortage of affordable housing, and instructs the state division of housing, in its infinite wisdom, is to complete a study of affordable housing in Colorado including many aspects such as construction, demographics, financing, insurance, state & federal laws, etc. The goal, of course, is to create a government “solution” to this critical “problem”. Let’s hope that, if passed, by the time this report is completed (3/15/2015), there will have been some redistribution of common sense in the state legislature.

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