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-2016 COLORADOLEGISLATIVE SCORE CARD

Dear Concerned Taxpayer,


Thank you for your interest in Americans for Prosperity-Colorado (AFP- CO) and our mission to advance
public policies that promote economic freedom and opportunity for all. This year we are presenting our
first AFP- CO Legislative Scorecard, which reveals how our state legislators voted in key policy areas
during the 2016 legislative session.
As one of 35 AFP state chapters with over 2.75 million activists nationwide, AFP-CO is home to over
127,000 Colorado activists and a strong base of local donors. Together, we work hard to preserve a
free market economy and hold government officials accountable. Our efforts are year-round, talking
to Coloradans, discovering their positions on issues, listening to their concerns, and educating them on
important matters of policy.

Michael Fields
State Director

The AFP-CO Scorecard includes bills that are relevant to our 6 for 16 Public Policy agenda and bills which
directly relate to economic freedom. You will discover which reforms passed or failed during the session,
and how those outcomes affect us all. Our relationship to the legislative process and our state legislators
is more than a score. Still the Scorecard holds our elected officials accountable and recognizes those who vote in line with the
principles of economic freedom.

In putting together this Scorecard, I am reminded again that the efforts of our staff and volunteers from across the state have
enabled us to continue to grow this movement for economic freedom. At AFP-CO, we understand the unparalleled importance of
citizen involvement in the process and credit our activists in large part with our success under the Capitol dome.
Sincerely,

Michael Fields
State Director

RUDY ZITTI

TAMRA FARAH

ANGELA DOUGAN

IAN ROY

Deputy State Director

Communications Director

Senior Field Director

Field Director

JORDAN GASCON

DARRIN LEVY

Field Director

Field Director

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Grading ......................................................................... 2
Policies that Promote Economic Freedom...... 2
Grading Scale.............................................................. 2
Champions of Economic Freedom..................... 3
Abbreviated Senate Votes..................................... 4
Abbreviated House of Representative Votes. 5
Legislative Votes: Senate....................................... 7
Legislative Votes: House of Representatives. 8-9
Senate Bills and Outcomes................................... 10-11
House Bills and Outcomes.................................... 12-14

CRYSTAL ALBERT

ALEX BOLTON

Field Director

Field Director

ALEX KING

DAVID DICARLO

Field Director

Field Director

PATTI KURGAN
Field Director

SHARI SCHIFFER KRIEGER


Field Director

POLICIES THAT PROMOTE


ECONOMIC FREEDOM

AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY

SUMMARIES OF 32
LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
The bills that appear on the 2016 AFPCO Scorecard include those that relate
to our 6 for 16 Public Policy Agenda
described in detail at 6for16.com. In
addition, we have included bills that
fit the general policies of economic
freedom and opportunity described in
our mission found at AFPColorado.com.
Summaries of the 32 legislative issues
and their results during the legislative
process are included in this Scorecard.
Please note that the headings for bills
that we opposed are indicated in red
and those that we favored are indicated
in green.

Our 6 for 16 Public Policy Agenda is


based on promoting the principles of
economic freedom. In short, economic
freedom is the freedom to choose how to
produce, sell and use your own resources,
while respecting the rights of others to
do the same. A society characterized
by economic freedom experiences low
taxes, limited government, properly
prioritized government spending, only
necessary regulations, protection of
individual rights and free markets over
cronyism. States with more economic
freedom experience greater economic
growth leading to more prosperity for its
citizens. This is a summary of our
6 for 16 agenda:

1. PROTECT THE TAXPAYERS BILL OF RIGHTS


2. HOLD COLORADOS OBAMACARE EXCHANGE ACCOUNTABLE
3. BLOCK OBAMAS ENERGY MANDATES
4. PROTECT ACCESS TO RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE ENERGY
5. CREATE AN EQUAL PLAYING FIELD FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
6. REPEAL THE BUSINESS PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX

GRADING

One point is awarded for each vote cast


in support of economic freedom. Each
vote carries the same weight, regardless
of the issue or whether the vote occurred
in committee or on the floor. For example,
if a legislator voted on an issue twice and
voted in favor of our position both times,
he or she received a score of 2/2. If he
or she voted against our position both
times, he or she received a 0/2. We also
award one point for prime sponsorship
and deduct a point for sponsorship of a
bill we oppose.

GRADING SCALE
A+ - 100% or Above
A - 90%-99%
B - 80%-89%
C - 70%-79%
D - 60%-69%
F - 59% or Below

CHAMPIONS OF
ECONOMIC
FREEDOM
- ALL A+ SCORES LEGISLATOR
Senator Neville
Representative Becker, J.
Representative Buck
Representative DelGrosso
Representative Joshi
Representative Klingenschmitt
Representative Landgraf
Representative Lawrence

SCORE
103%
100%
113%
100%
103%
105%
100%
100%

GRADE
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+

LEGISLATOR
Representative Lundeen
Representative Navarro
Representative Neville
Representative Norberg
Representative Ransom
Representative Saine
Representative Willett

SCORE
100%
100%
100%
100%
105%
100%
100%

GRADE
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+

ABBREVIATED LEGISLATIVE VOTES: SENATE


SENATOR
Aguilar
Baumgardner
Cadman
Carroll
Cooke
Crowder
Donovan
Garcia
Grantham
Guzman
Heath
Hill
Hodge
Holbert
Jahn
Johnston
Jones
Kefalas

2016

FINAL
PERCENTAGE

F
B
C
F
B
D
F
F
C
F
F
B
F
A
F
F
F
F

53%
88%
73%
44%
82%
63%
47%
32%
72%
40%
37%
84%
41%
93%
45%
46%
30%
33%

4
SENATOR
Kerr
Lambert
Lundberg
Marble
Martinez-Humenik
Merrifield
Neville, T
Newell
Roberts
Scheffel
Scott
Sonnenberg
Steadman
Tate
Todd
Ulibarri
Woods

2016

FINAL
PERCENTAGE

F
B
B
B
B
F
A+
F
C
D
C
A
F
D
F
F
C

30%
80%
84%
83%
84%
26%
103%
50%
78%
67%
79%
94%
42%
63%
38%
21%
77%

ABBREVIATED LEGISLATIVE VOTES: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


REPRESENTATIVE
Arndt
Becker, J.
Becker, K.
Brown
Buck
Buckner
Carver
Conti
Coram
Court
Danielson
DelGrosso
Dore
Duran
Esgar
Everett
Fields
Foote
Garnett
Ginal
Hamner
Hullinghorst

2016

FINAL
PERCENTAGE

F
A+
F
B
A+
F
C
B
B
F
F
A+
A
F
F
A
F
F
F
F
F
F

41%
100%
44%
86%
113%
36%
79%
83%
86%
50%
38%
100%
95%
25%
26%
93%
39%
35%
52%
30%
32%
31%

REPRESENTATIVE
Humphrey
Joshi
Kagan
Klingenschmitt
Kraft-Tharp
Landgraf
Lawrence
Lebsock
Lee
Leonard
Lontine
Lundeen
McCann
Melton
Mitsch-Bush
Moreno
Narvarro
Neville, P.
Norberg
Pabon
Pettersen
Primavera

2016

FINAL
PERCENTAGE

A
A+
F
A+
F
A+
A+
F
F
B
F
A+
F
F
F
F
A+
A+
A+
F
F
F

92%
103%
50%
105%
25%
100%
100%
31%
39%
89%
33%
100%
34%
24%
33%
29%
100%
100%
100%
37%
37%
35%

5
REPRESENTATIVE
Priola
Rankin
Ransom
Rosenthal
Roupe
Ryden
Saine
Salazar
Sias
Singer
Thurlow
Tyler
Van Winkle
Vigil
Willett
Williams
Wilson
Windholz
Winter
Wist
Young

2016

FINAL
PERCENTAGE

B
C
A+
F
D
F
A+
F
A
F
B
F
A
F
A+
F
B
A
F
C
F

85%
74%
105%
29%
65%
25%
100%
23%
95%
36%
88%
24%
94%
46%
100%
53%
87%
94%
37%
77%
32%

LEGISLATIVE VOTES

LEGISLATIVE VOTES: SENATE

SB-2 SB-11 SB-27 SB-54 SB-96 SB-105 SB-143 SB-154 SB-157 SB-170 SB-188 SB-194 SB-197 HB-1004 HB-1015 HB-1042 HB-1047 HB-1099 HB-1102 HB-1181 HB-1207 HB-1221 HB-1288 HB-1290 HB-1310 HB-1343 HB-1355 HB-1405 HB-1420 HB-1430 HB-1435 Audit C4HC

Aguilar

0/2 0/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/2

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

53%

Baumgardner

1/1 2/2

1/1

NV

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

2/2

1/1

1/1

0/2

2/2

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

2/2

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

1/1

NV

NV

88%

Cadman

1/1 1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

0/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

73%

Carroll

0/1 0/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

0/1

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

-1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

44%

Cooke

1/1 2/2

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

3/2

1/1

1/1

0/2

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

82%

Crowder

2/2 1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

2/2

1/1

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

-1

NV

NV

NV

63%

Donovan

0/1 0/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

0/2

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

0/1

NV

NV

47%

Garcia

0/2 0/2

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/2

0/2

1/2

0/1

0/3

2/2

0/1

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/2

1/1

NV

NV

0/2

NV

0/1

NV

NV

32%

Grantham

2/2 1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

2/2

1/1

2/2

1/1

0/2

2/2

NV

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/2

1/2

NV

NV

NV

-1/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

72%

Guzman

0/1 0/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

40%

Heath

0/1 0/1

1/1

NV

-1/1

NV

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

0/1

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/2

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

37%

Hill

1/1 1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

2/1

3/3

1/1

1/1

3/2

0/2

1/1

NV

NV

2/2

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

-1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

84%

Hodge

0/1 0/0

2/2

NV

0/1

NV

2/2

0/2

0/2

1/1

1/1

0/2

3/3

0/1

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/3

0/1

1/1

NV

NV

0/2

NV

-1/1

NV

NV

41%

Holbert

1/1 1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

2/2

3/3

1/1

1/1

2/2

0/2

2/2

NV

NV

2/2

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

3/3

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

93%

Jahn

0/1 0/1

1/1

NV

0/1

NV

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

1/1

0/1

2/2

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/2

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

45%

Johnston

0/1 0/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

0/3

0/1

1/1

2/2

0/2

1/1

NV

NV

2/2

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

NV

46%

Jones

0/1 0/1

1/1 0/1

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

0/1

1/1

1/1

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

-1

0/1

NV

0/1

0/1

NV

30%

Kefalas

0/1 0/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

0/1

1/1

1/1

-1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

-1

NV

33%

Kerr

0/1 0/1

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

1/1

0/3

0/1

1/1

0/2

0/2

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

-1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

NV

NV

30%

Lambert

2/2 1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

2/2

1/1

2/2

1/1

0/2

2/2

NV

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

2/2

NV

NV

NV

-1/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

80%

Lundberg

3/2 1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

2/1

1/1

2/2

1/1

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

1/1

0/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

84%

Marble

1/1 1/1

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

1/1

2/2

1/1

1/1

2/2

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

83%

Martinez-Humenik 2/2 1/1

3/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

2/2

1/1

0/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

84%

Merrifield

0/1 0/1

1/1

-1

NV

-1/1

1/1

0/2

0/1

1/1

0/2

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

2/2

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

-1/1

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

26%

Neville, T

1/1 2/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

2/2

3/3

1/1

1/1

2/2

2/2

2/2

NV

NV

2/2

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

3/3

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

103%

Newell

0/2 0/1

2/2

NV

0/1

NV

1/1

0/1

0/1

2/2

0/1

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

1/1

3/2

NV

-1

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/2

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

1/1

NV

NV

50%

Roberts

1/1 1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

2/2

1/1

1/1

0/1

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

2/1

NV

-1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

78%

Scheffel

1/1 1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

67%

Scott

1/1 1/1

1/1 1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

2/2

1/1

1/1

-1/2

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

79%

Sonnenberg

2/2 1/1

2/2 1/1

NV

NV

1/1

2/2

3/2

2/2

1/1

0/2

2/2

1/1

NV

2/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

2/2

1/1

NV

NV

0/2

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

94%

Steadman

0/2 0/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/2

0/1

1/2

0/1

2/2

3/2

NV

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/2

NV

NV

NV

-1/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

42%

Tate

1/1 1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

2/1

0/1

0/1

2/2

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

-1/2

0/2

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

63%

Todd

0/1 0/2

2/1

NV

NV

0/1

1/1

0/2

0/1

1/1

0/2

0/2

1/1

NV

NV

2/2

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

38%

Ulibarri

0/1 0/1

1/1 0/1

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

-1

0/1

NV

NV

-1/1

NV

21%

Woods

1/1 1/1

2/2

1/1

1/1

2/2

3/3

1/1

2/2

2/2

0/2

3/3

NV

NV

2/2

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

0/3

NV

NV

NV

0/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

77%

NV

LEGISLATIVE VOTES: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SB-2 SB-11 SB-27 SB-54 SB-96 SB-105 SB-143 SB-154 SB-157 SB-170 SB-188 SB-194 SB-197 HB-1004 HB-1015 HB-1042 HB-1047 HB-1099 HB-1102 HB-1181 HB-1207 HB-1221 HB-1288 HB-1290 HB-1310 HB-1343 HB-1355 HB-1405 HB-1420 HB-1430 HB-1435 Audit C4HC SCORE

Arndt

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

-1/1

NV

2/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/2

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

41%

Becker, J.

NV 1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

2/2

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

2/2

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

2/2

1/1

1/1

NV

2/2

2/2

2/2

2/2

NV

100%

Becker, K.

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

0/1

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

0/2

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

-1/1

NV

44%

Brown

NV NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

2/2

2/2

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

2/2

2/2

NV

86%

Buck

NV 1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

2/1

NV

NV

+1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

2/2

1/1

NV

113%

Buckner

NV NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

0/1

0/1

NV

1/1

0/2

NV

2/2

2/2

1/1

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/2

0/1

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/2

NV

36%

Carver

NV 0/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

1/1

0/1

NV

79%

Conti

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

0/2

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

83%

Coram

NV 1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

2/2

1/1

NV

86%

Court

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

0/1

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

0/2

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

50%

Danielson

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

38%

DelGrosso

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

2/2

NV

100%

Dore

NV NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

2/2

NV

+1

NV

NV

-1

2/2

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/2

2/2

1/1

1/1

NV

2/2

2/2

1/1

2/2

NV

95%

Duran

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

-1/1

NV

25%

Esgar

NV 0/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

1/1

0/2

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

-1/1

0/2

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/2

0/2

NV

26%

Everett

NV NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

2/2

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

0/2

1/1

NV

2/2

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

2/2

1/1

2/2

NV

2/2

2/2

1/1

2/2

NV

93%

Fields

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

2/2

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

39%

Foote

0/1 NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

0/1

1/1

0/1

0/2

0/1

0/1

NV

-1/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

35%

Garnett

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

3/3

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

1/1

2/2

0/1

NV

2/2

2/2

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

1/3

0/2

0/1

0/1

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

52%

Ginal

NV NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

1/1

0/2

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

-1/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/2

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/2

NV

30%

Hamner

NV NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/2

0/1

0/1

NV

-1/2

0/2

0/1

0/2

NV

32%

Hullinghorst

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

-1/1

0/1

0/1

NV

31%

Humphrey

1/1 NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

2/2

1/1

1/1

1/2

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

2/2

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

2/2

NV

92%

Joshi

NV NV

3/3

NV

NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

2/2

2/2

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

1/1

NV

NV

+1

2/2

2/2

2/2

1/1

NV

2/2

2/2

1/1

3/3

NV

103%

Kagan

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

0/1

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

0/2

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

50%

Klingenschmitt NV NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

2/2

1+

1/1

2/2

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

2/2

NV

105%

Kraft-Tharp

NV 0/1 1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

2/2

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

-1/2

-1/2

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/2

0/1

1/1

25%

Landgraf

NV NV

3/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

2/2

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

2/2

NV

100%

Lawrence

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

100%

Lebsock

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

-1/1

0/1

NV

31%

Lee

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

2/2

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

39%

Leonard

1/1 NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

0/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

89%

Lontine

0/1 NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

1/1

0/2

0/1

1/1

2/2

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/2

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/2

NV

33%

Lundeen

NV NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

100%

McCann

NV NV

3/3

NV

NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

2/2

0/2

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/2

0/2

0/1

NV

0/2

0/2

0/1

0/3

NV

34%

LEGISLATIVE VOTES: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

McCann

NV NV 3/3 NV NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

2/2

0/2

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/2

0/2

0/1

NV

0/2

0/2

0/1

0/3

NV

34%

Melton

NV 0/1 1/1 NV NV

NV

1/1

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/2

0/1

NV

24%

Mitsch-Bush

NV NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

1/1

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/2

0/1

NV

33%

Moreno

NV 0/1 1/1 NV NV

NV

1/1

0/1

0/1

NV

0/1

-1

1/1

0/1

NV

2/2

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

0/1

0/1

0/2

0/1

NV

29%

Narvarro

NV NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

2/2

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

100%

Neville, P.

1/1 2/1 1/1 NV NV

NV

1/1

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

0/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

2/2

1/1

NV

100%

Norberg

NV 1/1 1/1 NV NV

NV

2/2

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

3/2

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/2

2/2

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

2/2

1/1

1/1

100%

Pabon

NV NV 2/2 NV NV

NV

4/3

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/3

0/1

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

0/4

0/3

0/1

0/1

NV

0/2

0/2

0/1

0/2

NV

37%

Pettersen

NV NV 2/2 NV NV

NV

2/2

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

2/2

0/1

NV

2/2

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/2

0/1

0/2

NBV

0/2

0/2

0/1

0/2

NV

37%

Primavera

0/1 NV 3/2 NV NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/2

0/1

1/1

2/2

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/2

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/2

1/1

35%

Priola

NV NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

2/2

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

0/1

0/1

2/2

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

85%

Rankin

NV NV 2/2 NV NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

2/2

1/1

2/2

NV

-1/2

1/2

1/1

2/2

NV

74%

Ransom

NV NV 2/2 NV NV

NV

1/1

+1

NV

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

2/2

NV

105%

Rosenthal

NV NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/2

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

-1

NV

0/2

0/2

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

29%

Roupe

NV NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

3/3

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

2/2

1/1

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

0/2

0/2

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

1/1

1/1

NV

65%

Ryden

0/1 NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/2

0/1

1/1

2/2

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/2

NV

-1/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/2

NV

25%

Saine

NV NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

100%

Salazar

NV NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

-1

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

-1/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

23%

Sias

+1 NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

+1

0/1

2/2

1/1

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/3

2/2

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

95%

Singer

NV NV 3/3 NV NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

0/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/2

0/1

0/1

NV

0/2

0/2

0/1

0/2

NV

36%

Thurlow

NV NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

2/2

2/2

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

1/1

1/1

NV

88%

Tyler

0/1 0/1 1/1 NV NV

NV

1/1

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/2

0/1

NV

24%

Van Winkle

NV NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

2/2

NV

NV

NV

1/1

NV

2/2

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

94%

Vigil

NV NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

46%

Willett

NV NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

2/2

1/1

NV

100%

Williams

NV NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

2/2

NV

NV

NV

+1

NV

3/2

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/2

0/2

0/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

NV

53%

Wilson

NV NV 2/2 NV NV

NV

3/3

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

0/1

2/2

1/1

NV

2/2

2/2

1/1

NV

NV

1/1

NV

1/3

2/2

1/1

1/1

NV

2/2

2/2

1/1

2/2

NV

87%

Windholz

NV NV 1/1 NV NV

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

0/1

NV

1/1

1/1

NV

2/2

1/1

1/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

NV

94%

Winter

NV NV 2/2 NV NV

NV

3/3

NV

0/1

NV

NV

NV

3/3

-1/1

NV

1/1

2/1

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0/3

0/2

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/2

0/2

0/2

0/1

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SENATE BILL DESCRIPTIONS1 AND OUTCOMES


SB-2 HEALTH EXCHANGE VOTER APPROVAL FOR TAX
Currently, Connect for Health Colorado imposes
a fee to support its operations, which this bill
argues is a tax. In light of that argument, this
bill directs the Secretary of State to submit
to the voters the question of whether the
Colorado health benefit exchange can impose
a tax to support its ongoing operations. AFP
supports this bill because it falls in line with
the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) by giving
the people a say on tax increases. Result: This
bill was postponed indefinitely by the House
Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs.

SB-11 ELIMINATING FASTER MONEY FOR TRANSIT


Under current law, $15 million per year of revenue
from various road and vehicle fees, imposed
by the Funding Advancements for Surface
Transportation and Economic Recovery Act of
2009 (FASTER), is split between two different
projects. Ten million goes to CDOT for planning,
designing, engineering, etc. of transit-related
projects. The other $5 million is credited to the
state transit and rail fund and used by CDOT to
provide grants to local governments for local
transit projects. AFP supports the requirement
of this bill that the revenue from these fees
is only used for road improvement projects.
Result: This bill was postponed indefinitely
by the House Committee on Transportation &
Energy.

SB-27 MEDICAID OPTION FOR PRESCRIBED DRUGS BY MAIL


This bill allows for those who are enrolled in
health benefits through Medicaid to obtain
their prescribed medications through the mail.
Participating pharmacies would be required
register with the state and the recipient would

only be allowed to purchase a designated


amount of medications through the mail. AFP
supports this bill because it promotes free
market concepts and enables better efficiencies
within the Medicaid system. Result: This bill was
signed into law.

SB-54 MINIMUM WAGE FOR LOCALITIES


This bill would permit local government to
enact laws with respect to the minimum wage
within their jurisdiction. AFP does not support
the artificial raising of wages, which does not
benefit the unemployed and has been proven
to decrease employment opportunities.
Result: This bill was postponed indefinitely by
the Senate Committee on State, Veterans, &
Military Affairs.

SB-96 PAY EQUITY COMMISSION


This legislation would re-establish a pay
equity commission which expired in 2015. The
commission would exist to educate employers
and make policy recommendations related to
issues or practices that may contribute to pay
inequities, work with businesses to develop and
maintain best practices for encouraging equal
pay, etc. The functions of this commission do
not represent the proper role of government,
rather these issues should be worked out in
a free market system. Studies indicate that
countries enjoy more pay equality that allow
the free market to work, without government
intrusion in pay setting.
Result: This bill
was postponed indefinitely by the Senate
Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology.

1 Bill descriptions are partially taken from coloradocapitolwatch.com and leg.state.co.us.

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SB-105 TEACHER ACCOUNTABILITY
This legislation proposes a decrease in teacher
accountability. Instead of the academic growth
of students accounting for 50 percent of a
teachers evaluation, this bill would drop it to
20 percent. Additionally, if teachers have an
existing effective or highly effective ranking,
they could be exempt from evaluations for
three years. This bill would undermine our
teacher and principal accountability system,
which helps ensure the success of our students.
Result: This bill was postponed indefinitely by
the Senate Committee on Education.

SB-143 REDUCING LIQUOR LICENSING FEES


This bill reduces annual liquor license fees for
manufacturers licensed as distillers from $1,050
to $300 and licensed wholesalers from $1,050 to
$550. AFP supports this bill because it decreases
the barrier to entry for potential new distilling
businesses, as well as wholesalers. Lower rates
allow for more entrepreneurs to enter the liquor
sales business. Result: This bill was signed into
law.

SB-154 TAX CREDIT FOR NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS


This bill establishes a private school tuition
income tax credit that allows any taxpayer
to claim a credit when the taxpayer enrolls a
dependent or taxpayer qualified child in a private
school, or provides a scholarship to a qualified
child for enrollment in a private school. This
legislation would also allow those who provide
home-based education to claim an income tax
credit. AFP favors this legislation because it
supports parental choice in education. Result:
This bill was postponed indefinitely by the
House Committee on Education.

SENATE BILL DESCRIPTIONS1 AND OUTCOMES


SB-157 HALTING THE EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN DURING
THE U.S. SUPREME COURT STAY
This bill would stop the Colorado Department
of Public Health and Environment from moving
forward with creating a plan to implement
the Obama administrations Clean Power
Plan in light of the United States Supreme
Court stay on this Plan. AFP supports this
bill because the CPP would be harmful to
Coloradans and should at least be put on hold
until the courts address it further. Result: This
bill was postponed indefinitely by the House
Committee on Transportation & Energy.

SB-170 MEDICAID ELIGIBLE CAN PURCHASE OFF THE


COLORADO OBAMACARE EXCHANGE
This bill requires the board of the Colorado Health
Benefit Exchange to provide information to the
public about the process of purchasing private
insurance through the exchange for a person
who is eligible for Medicaid. AFP supports
this bill because it promotes transparency
and individual choice in healthcare. Result:
The bill was postponed indefinitely by the
House Committee on Health, Insurance
and Environment.

SB-188 CHARTER SCHOOL EQUALIZING FUND


This legislation would require school districts
to equally fund district charter school students
with district mill levy overrides. A University of
Arkansas study found that Colorado charter
schools are, on average, underfunded by
$2,000 per student. This means that charter
schools are currently only receiving about 80
cents on the dollar for their students, compared
to those enrolled in traditional public schools.

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AFP supports this legislation because it would


work to undo that inequality and encourage
school choice. Result: This bill was postponed
indefinitely by the House Committee on
Education.

SB-194 TIF RELATED REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION


DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
This bill would facilitate highway and transit
development in areas where the lack of such
development is causing adjacent commercial
property to be undeveloped or underdeveloped
due to lack of adequate highway and
transportation access. The passage of this
bill would create the Regional Transportation
Development Act (ACT). AFP is against the
cronyism promoted in this bill. It is not the
proper role of government to pick winners
and losers through tax incentives. Result: This
bill was postponed indefinitely by the House
Committee on Finance.

SB- 197 - LIQUOR SALES


This bill concerns the retail sale of alcoholic
beverages and the restriction of issuing new
liquor licenses to drugstores and to retail liquor
stores, except under specified circumstances.
It would allow liquor-licensed drugstores and
retail liquor stores to obtain additional licenses
under limited circumstances and repeal the
limit on the alcohol content of fermented malt
beverages. AFP supports this bill because it
moves Colorado towards a freer market system
in regard to liquor sales. Result: This bill was
signed into law.

1 Bill descriptions are partially taken from coloradocapitolwatch.com and leg.state.co.us.

JORDAN GASCON
Field Director

After working overseas, I realized


I need to help my country before
helping others. My passion to help
people develop the necessary skills to
succeed and prosper in a free society
led me to AFP. It has been awesome
to build a team in two counties that
are leading the state in spreading the
AFP mission and vision.

HOUSE BILL DESCRIPTIONS2 AND OUTCOMES

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HB-1004 MEASURABLE GOALS FOR CLIMATE PLAN

HB-1042 ENDING BEER LICENSING FOR HIGHER

HB-1099 REPEAL MUTUAL CONSENT PLACEMENT

This bill requires that the state climate action


plan include specific measurable goals based
on the best available science, the achievement
of which will either reduce Colorados
greenhouse gas emissions and/or increase
Colorados adaptive capability to respond to
climate change. The analysis must include an
estimate of the economic, social, and health
impact on low-income individuals in Colorado
that results or would result from meeting the
deadlines as planned. This bill would effectively
pick winners and losers in the energy sector,
which is not the proper role of government.
Result: This bill was postponed indefinitely by
the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural
Resources, & Energy.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

FOR TEACHERS

HB-1015 REPEAL STATE OBAMACARE LAWS IF


OBAMACARE IS REPEALED FEDERALLY
In 2013, the general assembly enacted House
Bill 13-1266 to align state health insurance
laws with the requirements of the federal
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
(ACA). This bill adds an automatic repeal to
the provisions in the state health insurance
laws to be triggered if the comparable
federal law requirement under the ACA is
repealed by congress and approved by the
president. Since the impact of the ACA has
diminished healthcare choices for Coloradans,
and put an undue financial burden on many
through increased premiums, AFP supports
this repeal. Result: This bill was postponed
indefinitely by the House Committee on State,
Veterans, & Military Affairs.

This bill relates to the exemption from liquor


licensing laws for a brewing program offered
by a state institution of higher education.
It creates an exemption from licensing
requirements under the Colorado Beer Code
and the Colorado Liquor Code for state
institutions of higher education that engage in
manufacturing and tasting of fermented malt
beverages, also referred to as 3.2% beer, and
malt liquor, also referred to as full-strength
beer, for teaching or research purposes. The
exemption applies only if the higher education
institution does not offer its manufactured beer
for sale and allows only students, employees, or
expert tasters who are at least 21 years of age
to taste the beer. AFP supports this bill because
it reverses a regulation that was discouraging
more entrepreneurship. Result: This bill was
signed into law.

Under existing law, if a non-probationary


teacher is removed from a teaching assignment
within a school district, the teacher must secure
a mutual consent assignment at another school
of the school district within a certain time or
be placed on unpaid leave. The bill repeals this
requirement and requires each school district
to assign or dismiss with due process each
teacher who was unable to secure a mutual
consent assignment and who was placed and
remains on unpaid leave as a result. In the new
assignment, the teacher must receive the same
level of salary and benefits that the teacher
would have received if he or she had not been
displaced. AFP opposes forced placement of
teachers, which may benefit teachers, while not
necessarily benefitting students. Result: This
bill was postponed indefinitely by the House
Committee on Education.

HB-1047 EASING LICENSING OF PHYSICIANS ACROSS

HB-1102 GIVING DRUG PRODUCTION INFORMATION TO

STATE LINES

THE STATE GOVERNMENT

The bill enacts and authorizes the governor to


enter into an interstate compact with other states to recognize and allow physicians
licensed in a compact member state to obtain
an expedited license, enabling them to practice medicine in Colorado or another member
state. AFP supports this bill because it promotes choice and competition in healthcare
and removes barriers to entry for physicians
to practice medicine in neighboring states.
Result: This bill was signed into law.

This bill requires a drug manufacturer that


produces a prescription drug made available
in Colorado, and for which the wholesale
acquisition cost equals or exceeds $50,000
per year or per course of treatment, to submit a
report to the Colorado commission on affordable
health care, detailing the production costs for
the drug. AFP opposed this bill because it is
not the role of state government to demand
cost reports from a specific business sector.
Result: This bill was postponed indefinitely by
the House Committee on Health, Insurance, &
Environment.

2 Bill descriptions are taken partially from coloradocapitolwatch.com and leg.state.co.us.

HOUSE BILL DESCRIPTIONS2 AND OUTCOMES


HB-1181 MINERAL RIGHTS COMPENSATION

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HB-1288 INDUSTRY GRANT PROGRAM WORKFORCE

HB-1310 MAKING OIL AND GAS COMPANIES LIABLE FOR

DEVELOPMENT

EARTHQUAKES DURING FRACKING

This bill would require the Public Employees


Retirement Association (PERA) to ensure
that at least one percent of moneys that are
not already invested, be invested in renewable
energy companies. If the association is unable
to invest this amount in any calendar year, they
would be required to explain why it was unable
to satisfy this requirement. AFP opposes this
bill because it supports crony capitalism by
requiring a government entity to invest in a
specific energy sector using taxpayer dollars.
Result: This bill was postponed indefinitely by
the House Committee on Finance.

This bill creates an industry infrastructure


grant program within the state work force
development council, which would be
the authorized entity to award grants to
businesses that develop and maintain industry
competency standardization and to support
these businesses in their implementation of
work site training programs that are organized
in conjunction with education entities. The
bill creates the industry infrastructure fund to
pay for the program consisting of general fund
money, a donation from the authorized nonprofit
entity, and any other gifts, grants, or donations
that the council receives. AFP opposes this
bill because the stated functions of this grant
program are not within the scope of the proper
role of government, and it is not appropriate to
use tax dollars to fund this program. Interested
industries within a free market are capable of
creating training programs in cooperation with
education and nonprofit entities without the
governments involvement. Result: This bill was
signed into law.

Under current law, to prevail upon a claim, a


surface owner must present evidence that
an oil and gas operators use of the surface
materially interfered with the surface owners
use of the surface of the land. This bill amends
this process to allow proof that the operators
oil and gas operations harmed the surface
owners use of the surface of the land, caused
bodily injury to the surface owner or any person
residing on the property of the surface owner,
or damaged the surface owners property.
The bill also holds oil and gas operators
strictly liable for their conduct if oil and gas
operations, including a hydraulic fracturing
treatment or reinjection operation, cause an
earthquake that damages property or injures
an individual. AFP opposes this bill because it
infringes on property rights and would likely be
unfairly used to target the oil and gas industry.
Result: This bill was postponed indefinitely by
the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural
Resources, & Energy.

HB-1221 SPECIFIC GOVERNMENT LOBBYING MONEY

HB-1290 EXTEND JOBS PROGRAM WORKFORCE

This bill specifies that a local government that


bans hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells
is liable to the mineral interest owner for the
value of the lost royalties. AFP supports this bill
since it would pre-empt the potential negative
financial impact on property owners in the event
that fracking was banned. Result: This bill was
postponed indefinitely in the House Committee
on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs.

HB-1207 PERA INVESTMENT IN RENEWABLES

GOING TO MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENTS


The bill requires state agencies to cut their
lobbying expenses in half and apply the
savings to reimbursements for Medicaid. AFP
supports this bill because it holds government
accountable for the inordinate amount of
taxpayer money that is spent on lobbying.
Result: This bill was postponed indefinitely by
the House Committee on State, Veterans, &
Military Affairs.

DEVELOPMENT
Current law provides money to employers
to hire eligible persons for transitional jobs
through June 30, 2017, with no new jobs offered
after December 31, 2016. The bill extends these
dates to June 30, 2022, and December 31, 2021.
AFP opposes this bill because it is not the
proper role of government to use tax dollars to
fund private businesses to hire people. Result:
This bill was signed into law.

2 Bill descriptions are taken partially from coloradocapitolwatch.


com and leg.state.co.us.

HB-1343 WAIVERS FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS


Under current law, the state board of education may automatically waive certain statutes
and state board rules for all charter schools. A
charter school may request additional waivers
of statutes and the state board may rule accordingly. This bill repeals the authority of the
state board to automatically waive state statutes or state board rules for charter schools.
AFP opposes this bill because it undermines
the freedom of charter schools to operate
per their approved charter, and would add an
unnecessary administrative burden upon these
public schools. Result: This bill was laid over
in the House.

HOUSE BILL DESCRIPTIONS2 AND OUTCOMES


HB-1355 LOCAL CONTROL OVER OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION
This bill would give local governments the ability
to exercise authority over land use as it pertains
to oil and gas operations, in a manner analogous
to the siting of other industrial facilities. Current
law specifies that local governments have
a type of land use authority over oil and gas
mineral extraction areas only if the Colorado
Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has
identified a specific area for designation. This
bill would repeal that limitation. AFP opposes
this bill because the state currently provides
expert regulatory oversight over oil and gas
development within Colorado, which would be
rendered void by this so-called local control.
Result: This bill was voted down in the House.

is, in exchange for the payment of the hospital


provider fee by hospitals to the enterprise, to
administer the program and support hospitals
that provide uncompensated medical services
to uninsured patients, and participate in publicly
funded health insurance programs. If passed,
this bill would remove the hospital provider
fee revenue and the accompanying federal
matching funds from the general fund and out
from under the TABOR limits, undermining
the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Result: This bill
was postponed indefinitely by the Senate
Committee on Finance.

HB-1420 ENTERPRISING THE HOSPITAL PROVIDER FEE


This bill would create the Colorado Healthcare
Affordability and Sustainability enterprise
as a government-owned business within the
department of health care policy and financing
(HCPF). The business purpose of the enterprise
2 Bill descriptions are taken partially from
coloradocapitolwatch.com and leg.state.co.us.

HB-1430 OIL AND GAS REGISTRATION


This bill codifies some of the elements of the
recommendations of the governors oil and gas
task force, including allowing municipalities
where proposed operations will occur to ask
operators to share their development plans.
AFP opposes this bill because the state already
has a process by which oil and gas production
is regulated. Result: This bill was postponed
indefinitely by the Senate Committee on
Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy.

HB-1435 LOW-WAGE EMPLOYER CORPORATE


RESPONSIBILITY ACT

HB-1405 LONG BILL


This Colorado State Budget bill contains
the payment of expenses of the executive,
legislative, and judicial departments of the state
of Colorado, and of its agencies and institutions,
for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The total budget is
$27 billion. In light of the fact that over the
last seven years the state budget has increased
50% while the average workers wages have
increased by 14.5%, AFP recommends greater
budget accountability rather than a continued
dramatic increase in the state budget. Result:
The bill was signed into law.

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Angela Dougan

Senior Field Director


While recently making AFP calls,
I spoke with a 98-year-old woman
who is more worried now about
our country than ever before in her
lifetime. Thats why I do what I do. We
all know politicians can disappoint us,
but good policies dont fail us-they
truly help people.

This bill would create the employment-related


public benefits enterprise as a governmentowned business within the department of
health care policy and financing (HCPF).
The enterprise has the business purpose of
improving the health of the pool of workers
for low-wage employment and their families
and thereby benefitting low-wage employers
by giving them access to a healthier pool
of workers. AFP opposes this bill because it
would put additional government-dictated
requirements on private companies to provide
specific healthcare benefits to their employees.
Results: This bill was postponed indefinitely by
the Senate Committee on State, Veterans, &
Military Affairs.

AUDIT THE COLORADO OBAMACARE EXCHANGE


We successfully put pressure on the Legislative
Audit Committee to set a date for the full audit
of Connect for Health Colorado. Result: An
unanimous vote by the bi-partisan committee
moved up the date 6 to 12 months according to
the state auditor.

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