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
SB15-023: Off-highway Vehicle State HighwaySupport
Position: Support

Under current law, an off-highway vehicle may cross a roadway, street, or highway if it does so in accordance with the statutory guidelines established for snowmobile roadway crossings. This bill provides clarification by simply using the same snowmobile crossing guidelines for the off-highway vehicle statutes, and further clarifies that a driver may cross a state highway when in compliance with these guidelines. Why did the ATV cross the road? Because it was legal.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
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
SB15-040: County Auth To Levy Retail Marijuana Sales TaxOppose
Position: Oppose

Currently, any county or municipality that allows the sale of retail marijuana is authorized to levy the standard county or municipal sales tax on the sale of retail marijuana in addition to the state retail marijuana sales tax and the state retail marijuana excise tax. This bill would allow even more additional taxes to be targeted at this industry.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • 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
SB15-042: Mandatory Reports Of Animal AbuseOppose
Position: Oppose

The bill requires any person, including specified professionals and public officials, who witnesses or has knowledge of the abandonment, mistreatment, or neglect (abuse) of an animal to report the abuse to the animal's owner or law enforcement within 48 hours.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
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
SB15-046: Renewable Energy Std Adjust REAs Distributed GenSupport
Position: Support

This bill makes it easier for cooperative electric associations to comply with our onerous renewable energy laws. Fighting back in the war on rural Colorado.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
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
SB15-059: Use Of Unmanned Aerial VehiclesOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill establishes a framework for regulating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly referred to as drones) within Colorado. The bill also clarifies that the private use of drones must comply with FAA regulations. Not a terrible idea to try to deal with this new issue, but this bill will need some work.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
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
SB15-063: Alternative Energy For Schools Grant ProgramOppose
Position: Oppose

The bill takes the existing wind for schools grant program enacted in 2007 and broadens the program to include other types of electricity generated from eligible energy resources. The 2007 program allowed for grants not to exceed $5,000 to be provided to public schools and community colleges for wind generation projects. This expanded program allows for grants not to exceed $15,000 and continues to be overseen by the Colorado energy office. If the alternative energy is cheaper, then it would stand on its own merits.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB15-064: Application Of State Water Law To Federal AgenciesSupport
Position: Support

This bill prohibits the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from placing conditions on special use permits, or for rights-of-way on federal land, that demand that the owner of a water right or conditional water right give up any of his rights. Further, the bill prohibits the State Engineer and division engineers in the Department of Natural Resources from cooperating with the USFS or the BLM in administering or enforcing the conditions identified above on special use permits, or for rights-of-way on federal land.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • States vs. Federal Balance of Power
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
SB15-068: Higher Ed Lower Debt ActOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill caps the annual interest rate that a private or nongovernmental lender may charge for a student loan at two percentage points higher than the rate charged by the federal government for an unsubsidized loan made for the same purpose. It also creates a state income tax deduction for repayment of student loans, beginning in tax year 2016. More price controls and tax incentives that will continue to inflate the student loan bubble.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB15-069: Repeal Job Protection Civil Rights Enforcement ActSupport
Position: Support

The bill reverses certain changes to state employment law enacted by House Bill 13-1136, which took effect January 1, 2015. Specifically, the bill repeals and reenacts provisions of state statute related to remedies for employment discrimination. POL opposed HB13-1136, and supports this rollback of some of those provisions.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB15-070: Child Care Regulation Ten Or More Children OnlySupport
Position: Support

Current law limits state licensing, registration, and other regulation requirements to only those childcare facilities that care for 5 or more children. The bill increases that limit to 10 or more children. Reducing regulation – we like it.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
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
SB15-078: Business Fiscal Impacts Leg Measure & Exec RulesSupport
Position: Support

This bill requires that Legislative Council Staff receive outside comments and prepare a notice of reported business fiscal impact for each bill or concurrent resolution introduced by the General Assembly, and each proposed rule-making by a department within the executive branch. An important step in pushing back on government over-reach is to quantify its impact and give voice to those impacted.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB15-082: County Workforce Development Prop Tax IncentivesOppose
Position: Oppose

The bill authorizes a county to establish a workforce development program to provide financial assistance to high school graduates in the county who pursue post-secondary education or training from an accredited institution of higher education or certified training program. The county can also establish a fund to accept contributions and offer a county property tax credit or rebate to a residential or commercial property owner in the county who contributes to the county workforce development fund. So the county would solicit donations, give away aide to students for post-secondary education, and give away tax credits (but only to property owners) to donors. Because there aren’t any private groups who can do this as 501c(3) organizations…? For all taxpayers, not just property owners? This is not the role of government.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB15-083: Certain Private Org Subject To CORA RequirementsSupport
Position: Support

The bill modifies the definition of "public records" under the "Colorado Open Records Act" to include all writings made, maintained, or kept by a private organization that receives moneys collected by the state or a political subdivision of the state at the request of a public employee or taxpayer and that involve the receipt or expenditure of money by a private organization. A similar bill was killed last year. We’ll see how it fares this year.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • 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
SB15-093: Compensate Owners Min Interests Extraction RegsSupport
Position: Support

Whenever a local government adopts or implements an ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, or other form of official policy concerning mineral extraction operations that has the effect of reducing the fair market value of the owner's mineral interest by at least 60%, the bill specifies that the owner's interest is deemed to have been taken for a public use.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • 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
SB15-095: Manufactured Home CommunitiesOppose
Position: Oppose

The bill renames the "Mobile Home Park Act" to the "Manufactured Home Community Act" and adds various functions to the Division of Housing within the Department of Local Affairs, including the requirements that the DOH 1) collect economic and demographic data on manufactured home communities, including rent and vacancy rates, and information on disputes, 2) create and administer a dispute resolution program for landlords and homeowners to resolve MHCA disputes, 3) maintain on its website a list of community-based, nonprofit agencies who mediate disputes, and 4) administer the newly created Manufactured Home Community Fund for the purposes of assisting community owners and homeowners under the MHCA. This bill advances an “affordable housing policy” and other policies, which are to be “liberally construed to accomplish the legislative intent…”

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-099: Eliminate Duties For Probation OfficersSupport
Position: Support

This bill eliminates the following functions of probation officers: performing supplemental evaluations concerning disputed issues in cases involving the allocation of parental responsibilities; exercising continuing supervision over a case to ensure the terms relating to the allocation of parental responsibilities or parenting time are completed; making a social study and written report in all children's cases under the Colorado Children's Code; and serving as attendance officer of a school district. Probation officers do not currently perform these activities, so the bill codifies current practice.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Limited Government
SB15-105: Sunset Review Respiratory Therapy Practice ActOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill implements the recommendations contained in the department of regulatory agencies' sunset review and massively expands the "Respiratory Therapy Practice Act".

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-106: Sunset Barber & Cosmetologist Act & CommitteeOppose
Position: Oppose

The bill continues the "Barber and Cosmetologist Act" and the cosmetology advisory committee until 2026. Prior to 2005, the department of regulatory agencies (DORA) required a place of business that employed barbers, cosmetologists, hairstylists, estheticians, or nail technicians to register with the division of professions and occupations within DORA. The bill reinstates this requirement. Continuing regulation, because if the state doesn’t, who knows what kind of haircut you’ll get.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-109: Mandatory Abuse Report For Adult With A DisabilityOppose
Position: Oppose

Under current law, certain persons are required to report to a law enforcement agency if the person observes or has reason to believe that a person 70 years of age or older has been abused or exploited. POL opposed that bill. This bill expands this requirement to also cover a person with a disability who is 18 years of age or older.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB15-113: Sunset Athletic Trainers Practice ActSupport
Position: Support

Finally, a sunset that’s allowed to sunset (mostly, anyway). This bill sunsets the "Athletic Trainer Practice Act" and the registration of athletic trainers by the department's division of professions and occupations.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-114: No County Eminent Domain Open SpaceSupport
Position: Support

The bill prohibits a county government from using eminent domain (condemnation) for the acquisition of property for parks, recreation, open space, conservation, or for similar purposes. Counties are also prohibited from providing funding to any public or private party for the acquisition by condemnation of similar properties. Some pushback on eminent domain.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Limited Government
SB15-118: Mod Qualified State Tuition Program Tax DeductionsOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill would modify tax-deductibility for 529 Plans, making the tax structure HIGHLY progressive. The bill modifies these state income tax deductions as follows: 200% of the amounts of contributions or distributions for a taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross income is $75,000 or less; 150% of the amounts of contributions or distributions for a taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross income is more than $75,000 but not more than $200,000; 100% of the amounts of contributions or distributions for a taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross income is more than $200,000 but not more than $250,000; and eliminate deductions for a taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross income is more than $250,000. Nothing like penalizing some who have taken on the personal responsibility to save, and redistributing to others.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB15-120: Electric Grid Modernization PlansOppose
Position: Oppose

The bill requires all providers of retail electric service in Colorado, including municipal utilities and cooperative electric associations, to develop a grid modernization plan outlining how the provider, over a 10-year period, proposes to make measurable progress toward multiple objectives. Because companies cannot keep up their own infrastructure without the applied force of government.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-121: Drinking Water Fund Assistance Nonprofit EntitiesOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill allows the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority to use the Drinking Water Revolving Fund to provide financial assistance to private nonprofit entities for drinking water projects. The bill also expands the definition of public water systems to include systems that are owned or operated by private, nonprofit entities.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB15-122: Sunset Massage Parlor RegulationSupport
Position: Support

What’s this – a bill that repeals the ability of government to regulate something? Why yes, in this case, massage parlors. One small step for liberty…

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-125: Statewide Registry For Advance DirectivesOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill requires the Department of Public Health and Environment to maintain a statewide registry of advance directives. The bill defines advance directives as: a declaration as to medical treatment; a medical durable power of attorney; a directive relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation; medical orders for scope of treatment form; a designated beneficiary agreement; or any legal form of these types. The bill requires the DPHE to maintain a website registry that is available to the public, keep the data safe, and require county clerks and recorders to enter recorded designated beneficiary agreements into the statewide registry created by the DPHE within 14 days of recording the document. What could go wrong?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
SB15-127: Tax Incentives For Agritourism-related ActivitiesOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill creates the following two tax incentives related to agritourism: 1) an income tax credit of up to $500 to offset the cost of purchasing agritourism equipment, 2) a private advertising or marketing agency to deduct 50 percent of advertising services donated to governments with a population of less than 120,000 in tax years 2016 through 2020. More corporate welfare, but since it’s aimed at rural communities, that makes it ok, right?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB15-132: Empowering Students In Higher Education FundingOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill specifies that the state academic standards for public schools relating to financial literacy must include knowledge and skills relating to financing higher education or other career-related postsecondary education including the evaluation of student loan programs, understanding loan repayment and the consequences of defaulting on student loans, and the requirement to pay student loan debt even if the student does not complete the educational program. The bill also appropriates general fund moneys to the department of higher education for distribution by the Colorado commission on higher education. Because paying for your own kid to go to college is not enough, you must also pay for others as well.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB15-140: Regulation Of Home InspectorsOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill creates the "Home Inspector Licensure Act", which requires home inspectors to obtain a license to perform home inspections in Colorado, and regulates them, because you NEED government to dictate everything in the market and protect you from everything.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-141: Income Tax Credit For Prop Taxes Paid EligibilitySupport
Position: Support

There is an income tax credit to reimburse a qualifying taxpayer for certain personal property taxes paid in Colorado. The bill increases the property cap for 2015 from $15,000 to $25,000, and the property cap for the next 4 income tax years will grow by inflation from this amount.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-174: Uniform Substitute Decision-making Docs ActMonitor
Position: Monitor

To be honest, we’re not sure what to make of this bill, but it doesn’t smell right. We could use some legal help from any of our volunteers out there. The concept of this bill is that a “substitute decision-making document” for property or for health care, which is executed outside of Colorado, is valid in Colorado if, when the document was executed, the execution complied with the law of the jurisdiction indicated in the document. What are the jurisdictional issues here? Does this mean that any law in another state becomes legally executable here? Euthanasia? Other? Since we don’t have enough legal research/opinion complete on this one, we’re rating as “monitor” until we can get our arms around it, but it doesn’t look good at this point.
SB15-175: Ammunition MagazinesSupport
Position: Support

Property rights, freedom, free markets, limited government. No brainer.

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Property Rights
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
SB15-176: Southwest Chief Rail Commission Spending AuthorityOppose
Position: Oppose

This bill gives an additional $8.91 million of your Colorado tax money to the Southwest Chief Rail Line Economic Development, Rural Tourism, and Infrastructure Repair and Maintenance Fund. Why? Because we need to continue to prop up AmTrak in Colorado. You know, that incredibly subsidized federal program that began on May 1, 1971, has never been and never will be profitable (it’s not really designed to be). But don’t worry, federal money is somehow “free”. Colorado only wants to add in another $8.91 million. Last year, only 7 legislators in the Senate had the stones to vote NO on this government boondoggle, which was a little surprising, considering that the House produced 20 NO votes last year. The over/under this year is 29. Who’s in?

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB15-179: US Highway 50 Economic Benefits StudyOppose
Position: Oppose

The bill requires the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to conduct an economic impact and opportunity study of the 250-mile portion of the U.S. Highway 50 that runs between the junction with U.S. Highway 285 and the Kansas border. Specifically, the CDOT is directed to study the extent to which various potential safety improvements are likely to increase the efficiency, capacity, and usage of the highway. The role of government is not to promote highway usage as part of a central planning approach to the state economy. Next thing you know, they’ll want to appropriate some of that government money to promote tourism along the highway… oh wait, that’s what this study is going to be for.

This legislation opposes the principles of:
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government
  • Fiscal Responsibility
SB15-186: Yoga Teacher Training Private Occupational SchoolSupport
Position: Support

The bill exempts yoga teacher training courses, program, and schools from the provisions of the Private Occupational Education Act of 1981. You’ve probably read about the hub-bub over this bill. Looks like the government is going to “allow” some freedom. Set our yoga teachers free!

This legislation supports the principles of:
  • Individual Liberty
  • Free Markets
  • Limited Government