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Stephanie Stewart: "The Colorado legislature, specifically bill sponsors Sens. Brittany Pettersen and Kevin Priola and Reps. Chris Kennedy and Leslie Herod, should be applauded for passing HB21-1276. This bill would improve access to evidenced-based treatments that can improve chronic pain, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and acupuncture." Continue Reading

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Chad Vorthmann: "Legislators are targeting agriculture employers with Senate Bill 87. It's a grab bag of anti-employer policies aimed at farms that employ migrant workers. The problem is that it impacts all agriculture employers, regardless of whether they hire much-needed migrant workers through the federally managed H2A visa program or local ranch and farmhands who raise their families and pursue their livelihood on horseback or in a tractor seat." Continue Reading

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Loren Furman: "No individual should ever face uncomfortable or unsafe situations in the workplace due to harassment. The organization I represent, the Colorado Chamber of Commerce and our member businesses, recognize that our current workplace harassment laws could be better refined to protect workers and provide clear guidelines for employers. However, SB 176 in its current form misses the mark and brings to light some unfortunate hypocrisy." Continue Reading

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Yadira Caraveo and Chris Kennedy: "This session, it’s time to stand with the people of Colorado and not with Big Pharma. We have introduced Senate Bill 175, to help reduce the astronomical costs of prescription drugs by creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board (PDAB). This independent board, within the Division of Insurance, would be responsible for researching, reviewing, and limiting costs for the most unaffordable prescription drugs." Continue Reading

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Michael P. Martinez: "State legislators are considering Senate Bill 169, which would limit the use of external data to address unfair discrimination in insurance practices. This bill is well intended. Agents and insurers join the bill’s supporters in their goal to stop unfair discrimination. Unfortunately, however, the current version of the bill could have a wide range of unintended consequences, including stifling innovation and likely increasing insurance costs for auto, homeowners, renters and commercial policyholders." Continue Reading

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Colin Larson: "It is not a theoretical threat that charter schools face, or one concerning only charter schools not performing well. In just the last two years, both the top elementary and top middle school for low-income kids in Colorado faced opposition from their local school boards, whose majorities had been elected with the financial support of special interests opposed to charter schools." Continue Reading

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Barbara Kirkmeyer and Dominick Moreno: "Though significant progress has been made in the fight against COVID-19, more than a year into the pandemic these additional health care and economic burdens we face cannot be ignored. Therefore, Colorado’s legislators have been looking for different ways to rein in costs, keeping in mind that our primary responsibility as lawmakers is to ensure an equitable life for all of our citizens." Continue Reading

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Elsa Bañuelos: "There was a major loss this week in the fight for racial justice in Colorado. Senate Bill 182, which sought to address the devastating systemic racism within school discipline and school policing, was defeated by a collection of law enforcement leaders, school administrators, conservative talk radio listeners, and Nextdoor enthusiasts." Continue Reading

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Luke Niforatos: "Allowing drive-through weed purchases has created multiple problems for regulators and law enforcement. Purchases conducted in the car make it much harder to identify when underage customers, for example, are purchasing the product or if the product is consumed while driving. In addition, this policy has made the drug much easier to obtain." Continue Reading