Week Ahead at the Capitol

HB22-1062 – Part of the Commitment to Colorado 

Sponsor: House Republican Leader Hugh McKean

  • Will be heard in Finance on Monday, March 7th at 1:30 PM
  • Aimed at reducing Coloradans’ cost of living
  • The bill would allow businesses, restaurants, and grocery stores, as well as individual consumers, to reap the benefit of a sales and use tax exemption on food and drink.
  • This common sense change to existing statute will remove carve-outs and serve as an economic catalyst for individuals hit hardest by the pandemic. 

Senate Bill 22-72 – Part of the Commitment to Colorado

Sponsor: Sen. Lundeen

  • Will be heard in Local Government on Tuesday, March 8th at 2:00 PM.
  • This bill creates a grant program for homeowners to open some of their residential space available for renters. 
  • This will increase income and decrease cost of living for people with extra space in their property they opt to rent out. 

Senate Bill 22-66  – Part of the Commitment to Colorado

Sponsors: Sen Woodward, Rep. Van Winkle 

  • Will be heard in State Affairs on Tuesday March 8th at 2:00 PM.
  • The bill directs the State Treasurer to transfer $1.1 billion from the General Fund to the Unemployment Compensation Fund to restore the fund to its pre-COVID pandemic levels. 
  • This will save employers money on their unemployment premiums, allowing them to utilize funds to expand their business to hire more employees and grow their businesses.

Senate Bill 22-138 Democrat Bill

Sponsor: Sen. Hansen, Rep. A. Valedez

  • Will be heard in Transportation and Energy on Tuesday March 8th at 2:00 PM.
  • This bill amends a number of the state’s statutes to reduce greenhouse gas.
  • This bill will not only create burdensome costs and regulations for the state government, but it will also drastically impact the cost of living for the people of Colorado.
  • One such burden placed on the people of Colorado will be the banning of commonly used, small, gas powered equipment such as lawnmowers. 

HB22-1140 – Part of the Commitment to Colorado 

Sponsor: Rep. Dan Woog. 

  • Will be heard in Energy & Environment on Wednesday, March 9th upon adjournment.
  • he bill would add green hydrogen as a renewable energy resource that certain retail electric service providers may use to meet standards requiring that a certain percentage of the provider’s electricity sales be from an eligible energy resource.
  • This is yet another step towards what should be Colorado’s goal of having an all-of-the-above energy approach.

HB22-1279  – Pro-Abortion Bill

Sponsor: Majority Leader Esgar

  • Will be heard in Health and Insurance on Wednesday, March 9th at 1:30 PM.
  • HB22-1279 would codify that pregnant individuals have a “fundamental right” to undergo an abortion.
  • The bill would also codify that a “fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of this state.”

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