2012 OGRE LEGISLATION

Selected Topics:

Fatty Food Ban in Public School
Hospital Forced Finanacial Assistance Mandate
Welfare for Film Makers
Child Care Assistance Program
Extension of Unemployment Benefits
Bureaucracy Expansion
Energy Bill Assistance
Medicaid Payment Program
Annual Long Bill Budget Bill

2011 OGRE Legislation
2013 OGRE Legislation


SB12-68 (Fatty Food Ban in Public School)

Sponsors

BY SENATOR(S) Guzman, Boyd, Carroll, Foster, Hudak, Nicholson, Tochtrop, Williams S.; also REPRESENTATIVE(S) Massey and Duran, Casso, Fields, Fischer, Hamner, Labuda, McCann, Miklosi, Pace, Schafer S., Todd, Tyler, Williams A., Young.

Summary:

SB12-68 prohibits public schools from making available to a student any food or beverage that contains any amount of industrially produced trans-fat or use a food that contains any industrially produced trans-fat in the preparation of a food item or beverage that intended for consumption by a student. This ban on trans-fats applies to food made available to a student in school cafeterias, school stores, vending machines, or other food service facilities on school grounds. Link to Text

Comment:

This legislation exemplifies the nanny-state gone wild. With Michael Bloomberg bravado, the state legislature attempts regulating the food Colorado children consume through the public school system. Such a bill has no reasonable relation to improvement of education and according to the Colorado Union of Taxpayers would cost the state education department $6,800.00. Perhaps the state legislature should spend more time on improving that 56% graduation rate in Denver Public Schools. On a good note, at least we can be assured that for the limited time students do spend in Denver high schools they will not clog their arteries with cafeteria food.

OGRE Report: The following Republicans votes in favor of this legislation:



Representatives Senators
Bradford, Laura
Gerou, Cheri
Massey, Tom
McNulty, Frank
Nickel, B.J.
Scott, Ray
Summers, Ken
NONE

SB12-134 (Hospital Forced Assistance Mandate)

Sponsors

BY SENATOR(S) Aguilar, Boyd, Carroll, Foster, Nicholson, Bacon, Giron, Guzman, Mitchell, Morse, Schwartz, Steadman; also REPRESENTATIVE(S) Acree, Casso, Court, Ferrandino, Fields, Fischer, Hamner, Hullinghorst, Jones, Kagan, Kefalas, Kerr A., Kerr J., Labuda, Lee, Levy, Massey, Miklosi, Pabon, Pace, Peniston, Schafer S., Singer, Summers, Todd, Tyler, Vigil, Williams A., Young.

Summary

SB12-134 requires hospitals to provide financial assistance to people who are uninsured, earn up to 250% of the federal poverty level, and did not qualify for the "Colorado Indigent Care Program". The bill requires a hospital to offer patients a "reasonable" payment plan before beginning collection proceedings against a patient. Link to Text

Comment:

The government once again sticks it to the medical providers of Colorado. The bill constitutes another interference with the freedom to contact between a hospital and a patient. Hospitals will likely pass on their additional incurred cost adding to the cost of medical services for everyone else. The bill is another form of redistribution of wealth and government meddling in healthcare. They just can't help themselves.

OGRE Report:

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:



Representatives Senators
Acree, Cindy
Bradford, Laura
Conti, Kathleen
Coram, Don
Gerou, Cheri
Kerr, Jim
Massey, Tom
McNulty, Frank
Nickkel, B.J.
Scott, Ray
Summers, Ken
Swerdfeger, Keith
Vaad, Glen
Grantham, Kevin
King, Keith
King, Steve
Lundberg, Kevin
Mitchell, Shawn
Renfroe, Scott
Roberts, Ellen
Spence, Nancy
White, Jean

HB12-1286 (Corporate Welfare for Film Makers)

Sponsors:

BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Massey and Ferrandino, Todd, Brown, Casso, Coram, Court, Duran, Fields, Fischer, Hamner, Hullinghorst, Kagan, Kefalas, Kerr A., Kerr J., Liston, McCann, Miklosi, Pabon, Pace, Peniston, Priola, Ryden, Schafer S., Singer, Soper, Summers, Swerdfeger, Vigil, Williams A., Wilson, Young, Gerou, Lee, Labuda, Nikkel, Scott; also SENATOR(S) Newell and White, Aguilar, Bacon, Boyd, Foster, Heath, Jahn, Morse, Nicholson, Shaffer B., Steadman, Williams S., Guzman, King S., Spence.

Summary:

HB12-1286 provides state government loans to film companies. The loans are to be directed to Colorado based production companies, but an out of state company can apply if 50% of their employees are residents of Colorado. The bill transferred $3 million from the general fund to the Colorado Office of Film, Television, and media Operational Account Cash Fund. Link to Full Text

Comment:

The bill is corporate welfare. The role of government is not to pick and choose which industries it likes and does not like through the use of the public treasury. Nor should the state use taxpayer money to make cheap loans to whatever companies are most politically connected or politically expedient.

OGRE Report:

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:



Representatives Senators
Becker, Jon
Brown, J. Paul
Coram, Don
Gerou, Cheri
Kerr, Jim
Liston, Larry
Massey, Tom
Nikkel, B.J.
Ramirez, Robert
Scott, Ray
Summers, Ken
Swerdfeger, Keith
Roberts, Ellen
Scheffel, Mark
Spence, Nancy
White, Jean

SB12-22 (Child Care Assistance Program)

Sponsors

BY SENATOR(S) Williams S., Boyd, Hudak, Aguilar, Bacon, Foster, Giron, Guzman, Heath, Jahn, Johnston, Morse, Newell, Nicholson, Roberts, Schwartz, Spence, Steadman, Tochtrop, White, Shaffer B.; also REPRESENTATIVE(S) Massey, Fields, Kefalas, Casso, Fischer, Hamner, Hullinghorst, Jones, Kerr A., Labuda, Lee, Pabon, Peniston, Ryden, Schafer S., Singer, Solano, Todd, Tyler, Vigil, Young.

Summary

The declared purpose of SB12-22 is to create a pilot program to study whether a new approach is needed to address the "cliff effect" that sometimes occurs when parents enrolled in the child care assistance government program receive a minor increase in earnings that makes them ineligible for child care assistance. The bill authorizes the state department to develop and oversee a pilot program that will modify the child care assistance program to mitigate the effects of the "cliff effect". A county participating in the program must allow parents who exceed their eligibility requirements to participate up to two years.Link to Full Text

Comment

SB12-22 creates another new program to address perceived problems with an older welfare program. What's the problem with the old welfare program, in this case the child care assistance program? Once someone makes too much money under current guidelines, then they are taken off the program. Naturally the government, statist types had to make up a catchy name for this problem called the "cliff effect." Yet this problem of not being able to afford daycare is an institutional problem and will never be solved by government. Coloradoans need to make more money in gainful employment and entrepreneurship. Government needs to get out of the way of people earning more money rather than create one more program to fix another.

OGRE Report:

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:



Representatives Senators
Acree, Cindy
Barker, Mark
Bradford, Laura
Brown, J. Paul
Coram, Don
Gerou, Cheri
Kerr, Jim
Massey, Tom
Murray, Carole
Ramirez, Robert
Summers, Ken
Swerdfeger, Keith
Roberts, Ellen
Spence, Nancy
White, Jean

HB12-1272 (Extension of Unemployment Benefits)

Sponsors

BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Duran and Ramirez, Fields, Tyler, Casso, Ferrandino, Hullinghorst, Miklosi, Singer, Solano, Soper, Vigil, Brown, Court, Fischer, Hamner, Jones, Kefalas, Kerr A., Labuda, Lee, Levy, Pabon, Pace, Peniston, Ryden, Schafer S., Todd, Williams A., Wilson, Young; also SENATOR(S) Newell, Aguilar, Bacon, Boyd, Foster, Giron, Heath, Hodge, Schwartz, Tochtrop, Williams S.

Summary

HB12-1272 extends unemployment insurance benefits for individuals who are enrolled in a state approved training program for reentry into the workforce. Link to Full Text

Comment

HB12-1272 extends unemployment benefits. Yes, this particular bill only extends the benefits to those who are enrolled in a state approved workforce program. Why does the government get to pick and choose the program? How long will we continue to extend unemployment benefits? This ongoing, never-ending expansion of unemployment benefits on both the federal and state levels must stop. Nothing is more maddening, especially as we all drive by numerous fast-food restaurants seeking to hire new employees. This bill increased government spending on unemployment benefits by $3.9 million.

OGRE Report:

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:



Representatives Senators
Acree, Cindy
Brown, J. Paul
Conti, Kathleen
Gerou, Cheri
Kerr, Jim
Liston, Larry
Massey, Tom
McNulty, Frank
Murray, Carole
Ramirez, Robert
Ray, Scott
Summers, Ken
Swalm, Spencer
Swerdfeger, Keith
Vlaad, Glen
Waller, Mark
White, Jean

HB12-1326 (Assistance to Elderly Bureaucracy Expansion)

Sponsors

BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Acree and Kefalas, Casso, Court, Duran, Ferrandino, Fields, Fischer, Hamner, Hullinghorst, Kagan, Kerr A., Kerr J., Labuda, Lee, Levy, Miklosi, Pabon, Pace, Peniston, Schafer S., Singer, Todd, Tyler, Vigil, Williams A., Wilson, Young, DelGrosso, Gerou, Massey, Ryden, Summers, McNulty; also SENATOR(S) Spence and Nicholson, Aguilar, Boyd, Foster, Giron, Guzman, Heath, Hodge, Hudak, Jahn, King S., Newell, Schwartz, Steadman, Tochtrop, White, Williams S., Shaffer B.

Summary

HB12-1326 creates a senior services account. The bill increases the amount given to the Department of Public Health and Environment by over $3 million. In addition to covering dental costs for senior citizens, these funds will be used to cover increased administration costs of the Department. Link to Full Text

Comment

HB12-1326 is a spending increase. It provides more money to the Department of Public Health and Environment to fund an increased bureaucracy. Perhaps some of the money will go to the elderly (maybe), but make no mistake; this is an increase in the size and cost of government.

OGRE Report:

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:



Representatives Senators
Acree, Cindy
Balmer, David
Brown, J.Paul
Conti, Kathleen
DelGrosso, Brian
Gerou, Cheri
Massey, Tom
McNulty, Frank
Murray, Carole
Nikkel, B.J.
Ramirez, Robert
Summers, Ken
Swerdfeger, Keith
King, Steve
White, Jean

HB12-1028 (Energy Bill Assistance)

Sponsors

BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Gerou, Casso, Court, Ferrandino, Fields, Fischer, Hamner, Hullinghorst, Jones, Kefalas, Kerr A., Labuda, Lee, Levy, Massey, McCann, Miklosi, Pabon, Pace, Peniston, Ryden, Schafer S., Singer, Solano, Todd, Tyler, Vigil, Williams A., Wilson, Young; also SENATOR(S) Steadman, Aguilar, Bacon, Boyd, Foster, Giron, Heath, Hudak, Jahn, Johnston, King S., Morse, Newell, Schwartz, Tochtrop, Williams S.

Summary

HB12-1028 extends the energy-related assistance program to low-income households. The funds are allocated as follows: Twenty-five percent to the department of human services low-income energy assistance fund; twenty-five percent to the energy outreach Colorado low-income energy assistance fund; and fifty percent to the governor's energy office low-income energy assistance fund.Link to Full Text

Comment

HB12-1028 extends continued funding for another welfare program. The program is a federally funded, state supervised, county-administered welfare program designed to subsidize households with their energy bills. How many of these "low income" households are sucking up energy to charge their Obama Phones and big screen TVs we will never know, but we are paying for it. There is seemingly no effort being made to wean people off of these programs, only to continue to fund, fund and fund…

OGRE Report:

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:



Representatives Senators
Acree, Cindy
Barker, Mark
Bradford, Laura
Conti, Kathleen
DelGrosso, Brian
Gardner, Bob
Gerou, Cheri
Kerr, Jim
Liston, Larry
Massey, Tom
McNulty, Frank
Ramirez, Robert
Stephens, Amy
Summers, Ken
Swerdfeger, Keith
Szabo, Libby
Vaad, Glenn
Waller, Mark
King, Steve
Roberts, Ellen
Spence, Nancy
White, Jean

H.B. 12-1281 (Medicaid Payment Program)

Sponsors

BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Young and Gerou, Ferrandino, Fields, Kefalas, Kerr A., McCann, Peniston, Schafer S., Casso, Fischer, Hamner Hullinghorst, Kagan, Labuda, Levy, Massey, Miklosi, Pabon, Pace, Solano Todd, Williams A., Wilson, Duran, Singer, Tyler; also SENATOR(S) Steadman and Roberts, Aguilar, Boyd, Giron, Guzman Hodge, Newell, Tochtrop.

Summary

The HB12-1281 legislative declaration states that "increasing health care costs in Colorado's Medicaid program creates challenges for the state's budget." It goes on to state that "the fee for service payment model may not support or align financially with evolving care coordination and delivery systems." The bill creates a pilot program within the state Medicaid program that encourages the use of new and "innovative" payment methodologies, including "global payments". The bill will increase state expenditures by at least $212,079.00.Link to Full Text

Comment

This bill, which is labeled as Medicaid reform, is the beginning of a process to change the way physicians are paid by Medicaid from a "fee for service" method to a "global" method of payment. The government is upset about the amount of money Medicaid costs and instead of addressing the root cause of high medical costs such as medical malpractice lawsuits, they seek to transfer the outlandish cost of Medicaid to medical providers by refusing to pay physicians for each service they provide. This theory of "reform", which originated in Massachusetts, assumes that physicians charge for services that patients do not need. Under a "global payment" program, Medicaid would essentially pay physicians a flat fee for providing care, regardless of the specific treatment a physician thinks a patient may require. Such a program will lead to poorer quality of care, interference in the patient-physician relationship, and physicians refusing to care for patients on Medicaid. As it is, Medicaid patients have no incentive to be judicious in the medical care they seek. Now physicians may not be fully compensated for treating such patients who abuse the system. Why would anyone want to be a physician under these circumstances?

OGRE Report:

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:



Representatives Senators
Barker, Mark
Bradford, Laura
Brown, J. Paul
Conti, Kathleen
Coram, Don
DelGrosso, Brian
Gardner, Bob
Gerou, Cheri
Joshi, Janak
Kerr, Jim
Massey, Tom
McNulty, Frank
Murray, Carole
Stephens, Amy
Summers, Ken
Swalm, Spencer
Swerdfeger, Keith
Szabo, Libby
Vaad, Glenn
Waller, Mark
Brophy, Greg
Grantham, Kevin
Harvey, Ted
King, Steve
Mitchell, Shawn
Roberts, Ellen
Spence, Nancy
White, Jean

H.B. 12-1335 (Annual "Long Bill" State Budget)

Sponsors

BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Gerou, Becker, Levy, Barker, Brown, Casso, Coram, Ferrandino, Fields, Fischer, Gardner B., Hamner, Kefalas, Kerr J., Labuda, McCann, Murray, Nikkel, Pabon, Pace, Peniston, Schafer S., Stephens, Todd, Tyler, Vigil, Waller, Williams A., Wilson, Young, McNulty, Kagan; also SENATOR(S) Hodge, Steadman, Lambert, Boyd, Guzman, Heath, Morse, Nicholson.

Summary

H.B. 112-1335 is the annual "long bill" state budget that sets the budget for all three branches of the state government. According to the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, this budget represented an increase by over one half billion dollars, or 7.3%. Spending on Medicaid rose 10%, K-12 education by 6% and restoration of $98 million to the property tax exemption. Link to Full Text

Comment

This bill is not fiscally responsible, and does nothing to shrink the size and scope of government. Rather, it represents an increase in the size of government. Many OGREs claim this is a conservative budget. Governor Hickenlooper claimed this was a great example of "bipartisanship" with both parties coming together. In reality, the Long Bill was slap to the face of the people of Colorado. Once again, the economic realities that apply to individuals do not apply to the government.

OGRE Report:

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:



Representatives Senators
Acree, Cindy
Balmer, David
Barker, Mark
Becker, Jon
Brown, J. Paul
Conti, Kathleen
Coram, Don
DelGrosso, Brian
Gardner, Bob
Gerou, Cheri
Kerr, Jim
Liston, Larry
Looper, Marsha
McNulty, Frank
Murray, Carole
Nikkel, B.J.
Priola, Kevin
Ramirez, Robert
Scott, Ray
Sonnenberg, Jerry
Stephens, Amy
Summers, Ken
Swalm, Spencer
Swerdfeger, Keith
Szabo, Libby
Vaad, Glenn
Waller, Mark
Cadman, Bill
Grantham, Kevin
King, Keith
King, Steve
Lambert, Kent
Lundberg, Kevin
Roberts, Ellen
Sheffel, Mark
Spence, Nancy
White, Jean


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