Highlights on key issues at the Legislature | SummitDaily.com

Highlights on key issues at the Legislature

A summary of key issues before the Legislature this past week:BUDGET REFORM: Democrats delayed action on their plan to fix the state’s economic woes as negotiations continued with Republicans over ways to get back some of the tax revenues that were lost over the past three years due to the economic slump. The lone surviving plan, House Bill 1194 from House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver, would cut the state income tax rate from 4.63 percent to 4.5 percent and ask voters to permanently give up part of their tax refunds.EDUCATION: The House Education Committee approved House Bill 1124 giving children of undocumented parents a break on college tuition and allowing them to pay in-state rates if the children attended a Colorado high school for three years and graduated or got a GED. Supporters said the plan will produce graduates who will contribute to society and pay taxes. The bill now goes to the appropriations committee.TRANSPORTATION: The House gave final approval to a plan to expedite construction of a 210-mile toll road from Pueblo to Wellington east of Interstate 25. The measure (House Bill 1030) would authorize the Statewide Tolling Enterprise to set toll rates for roads, updating a bill from the 1800s that allowed counties to set the rates. The measure now goes to the Senate.JOBS AND THE ECONOMY: The House approved and sent to the Senate a bill (House Bill 1115) granting employees and former employees the right to see their personnel files and giving employees the right to write a rebuttal to go into the file. Witnesses told lawmakers a lot of time and money could be saved in court if people knew the facts in personnel files and had a chance to get them corrected.HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT: A measure that would allow young adults to remain under their parents’ health care plan for a longer period passed its first hurdle. House Bill 1101 would change the age residents can be claimed as a dependent under their parents health care plan from 24 to 25. It also would allow young adults who are not full-time students to remain under their parents health care plan. Sponsors said young adults frequently lose or go without health insurance, subjecting them and their families to financial stress.WATER: The House gave tentative approval to a proposal (House Bill 1070) that would allow the Colorado Water Conservation Board, which helps fund major water projects around the state, to actually fund conservation projects. The measure faces a third reading before heading to the Senate.

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