2013 OGRE LEGISLATION

Selected Topics:

Voter Registration for Kids in Jail
Voter Registration in College
FMLA Benefits Expansion
Voting Registration for 16 year-olds
Conforming State Law to Obamacare
In-State Tuition for Illegals
Expansion of Medicaid Eligibility
 

2011 OGRE Legislation
2012 OGRE Legislation


HB13-1038 (Voter Registration for Kids in Jail)

Sponsors

BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Rosenthal, Court, Exum, Fields, Hullinghorst, Kagan, Labuda, Levy, Ryden, Salazar, Schafer, Williams, Young; also SENATOR(S) Todd, Aguilar, Carroll, Giron, Guzman, Heath, Kefalas, Kerr, Newell, Nicholson, Schwartz, Steadman, Tochtrop, Ulibarri, Morse.

Summary

HB13-1038 requires the administrator of juvenile detention facilities to "facilitate the registration for voting purposes" of persons in the custody of such facilities who are eighteen years old or will be eighteen years old on the date of the next election. The administrator is required to provide such juvenile in custody with voter information materials upon request and ensure that a mail or mail-in ballot cast by the individual is timely delivered to the proper election official. Link to Full Text

Comment

This bill is nothing more than another Democrat voter registration drive using taxpayer funded employees to make sure that kids in juvenile detention centers get their chance to vote, presumably for Democrats. It is completely absurd that state employees charged with ensuring juvenile detention facilities should waste their time worrying about whether those in custody get to vote or not. In a normal world, when one commits a crime and is committed to a detention facility, you lose your right to vote.

OGRE Report

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:

Representatives Senators
NONE Brophy, Greg
Crowder, Larry
Grantham, Kevin
Harvey, Ted
Renfroe, Scott
Roberts, Ellen

HB13-1147 (Voter Registration at College)

Sponsors BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Melton, Buckner, Court, Duran, Exum, Fields, Fischer, Lebsock, Mitsch Bush, Moreno, Ryden, Salazar, Singer, Tyler, Williams, Foote, Ginal, Hamner, Hullinghorst, Labuda, McLachlan, Pabon, Pettersen, Primavera, Rosenthal, Schafer, Young; also SENATOR(S) Newell, Todd, Ulibarri, Aguilar, Carroll, Giron, Guzman, Heath, Hodge, Hudak, Jones, Nicholson, Schwartz, Steadman Tochtrop, Morse.

Summary

HB13-1147 requires state colleges and universities that allow students who electronically register for courses to provide students the opportunity to connect to the Secretary of State website in order to register to vote. For state colleges and universities that do not offer electronic course registration, the colleges and universities are required to provide students information on how to register to vote, including prominently displaying such information in the registrar's office.Link to Full Text

Comment

Yet again, another Democrat voter registration drive masquerading as legislative policy using tax payer money, employees and facilities. Actively working to register voters is not the job of state government, and certainly not a proper role for our tax funded universities and colleges.

OGRE Report

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:

Representatives Senators
McNulty, Frank NONE

HB13-1222 (Expansion of FMLA Protection)

Sponsors

BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Peniston, Court, Fischer, Ginal, Hamner, Hullinghorst, Labuda, Lebsock, Melton, Rosenthal, Salazar, Singer, Tyler, Young, Levy, Moreno, Pabon, Ryden, Schafer, Ferrandino, also SENATOR(S) Ulibarri, Aguilar, Carroll, Giron, Hudak, Kefalas, Todd, Guzman, Heath, Hodge, Johnston, Jones, Kerr, Newell, Nicholson, Schwartz, Steadman, Tochtrop, Morse.

Summary

HB13-1322 provides that employees in Colorado are entitled to exercise FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) leave to care for a person with a serious health condition if that person is the employee's partner in a civil union, or is the employee's registered domestic partner. The employer can require documentation of proof of the relationship as permitted under the FMLA. Employers that violate the Act are subject to the same penalties as allowed under the FMLA.Link to Full Text

Comment

This state law takes the broad scope of the FMLA, which in itself is an intrusive and unnecessary law, and guarantees those "rights" to gays. Such laws that interfere with the contractual relationship between employees and employers are wrong for straight couples as much as it is for gay couples.

OGRE Report

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:

Representatives Senators
Stephens, Amy Roberts, Ellen

HB13-1135 (Voting Registration for 16 year olds)

Sponsors

BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Singer, Court, Melton, Salazar, Buckner, Duran, Exum, Fields, Fischer, Foote, Ginal, Hamner, Hullinghorst, Kagan, Kraft-Tharp, Labuda, Lebsock, Levy, Moreno, Pabon, Pettersen, Primavera, Rosenthal, Schafer, Williams, Young, Ferrandino, Lee, McLachlan, Ryden; also SENATOR(S) Kerr, Aguilar, Carroll, Giron, Guzman, Heath, Jones, Kefalas, Newell, Nicholson, Schwartz, Steadman, Tochtrop, Todd, Ulibarri, Morse.

Summary

HB13-1135 allows 16 year-olds who otherwise would qualify to register to vote but will not have reached the age of 18 by the date of the next election to pre-register to vote. Upon reaching the age of 18, the individual is automatically registered. Cost of the program to the state is $113,312.00. Link to Full Text

Comment

Again and again, another Democrat attempt to change the rules of voting to ensure a permanent majority. Knowing full well that under-educated teenagers are more likely to vote for Democrats, the bill makes it that much easier for these individuals to vote. The Republic has managed to survive for over 230 years without allowing children to register to vote; there is no ultimate benefit to society accomplished by this legislation except to Democrats who want to win more elections.

OGRE Report

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:

Representatives Senators
NONE Balmer, David
Baumgardner, Randy
Brophy, Greg
Crowder, Larry
Grantham, Kevin
Harvey, Ted
King, Steve
Lambert, Kent
Lundberg, Kevin
Renfroe, Scott
Roberts, Ellen
Scheffel, Mark

HB13-1266 (Conforming State Law to Obamacare)

Sponsors

BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) McCann and Gardner, Fields, Fischer, Ginal, Kraft-Tharp, Labuda, Lebsock, Levy, Mitsch Bush, Moreno, Ryden, Salazar, Schafer, Young, Buckner, Court, Rosenthal; also SENATOR(S) Aguilar, Carroll, Giron, Guzman, Heath, Hodge, Hudak,Jones, Kefalas, Newell, Nicholson, Schwartz, Tochtrop, Todd, Morse.

Summary

HB13-1266 amends state health laws to conform to the requirements and terms set forth in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Such changes include implementing the concept of "essential health services" which insurance plans are required to cover. Link to Full Text

Comment

HB13-1266 continues down the road of fully implementing Obamacare in Colorado. The Obamacare healthcare exchanges were already implemented under the direction and support of Republican, Amy Stephens. This bill amends state law to meet the mandates and definitions set forth in the federal law. Colorado is not required to pass this legislation, just as it was not required to implement the healthcare exchanges in the first place. This bill is nothing more than state politicians who approve of massive government intervention in our lives, working their magic to ensure we are all doomed to higher insurance premiums and lower quality healthcare.

OGRE Report

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:

Representatives Senators
Conti, Kathleen
Gardner, Bob
Gerou, Cheri
Navarro, Clarice
Priola, Kevin
Sonnenberg, Jerry
Stephens, Amy
Swalm, Spencer
Waller, Mark
Wilson, Jim
Crowder, Larry

SB13-033 (In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants)

Sponsors BY SENATOR(S) Giron and Johnston, Aguilar, Guzman, Ulibarri, Steadman, Carroll, Heath, Hodge, Hudak, Morse, Nicholson, Schwartz, Todd, Crowder, Jahn, Jones, Kefalas, Newell; also REPRESENTATIVE(S) Duran and Williams, Salazar, Moreno, Garcia, Vigil, Pabon, Buckner, Exum, Fields, Foote, Kraft-Tharp, Lebsock, McCann, Melton, Peniston, Rosenthal, Ryden, Singer, Court, Fischer, Gerou, Ginal, Hamner, Hullinghorst, Kagan, Labuda, Lee, Levy, May, McLachlan, Mitsch Bush, Pettersen, Primavera, Schafer, Tyler, Young, Ferrandino.

Summary

SB13-033 classifies students as an in-state student for purposes of state college tuition if the student attended a public or private high school in Colorado for at least three years, the student is admitted into a state college within 12 months of graduation, and signs an affidavit that they have applied for legal status. The bill requires a $930,000 appropriation to the College Opportunity Fund. Link to Full Text

Comment

SB13-033 grants in-state college tuition rates to illegal aliens. The bill is antithetical to the rule of law as it rewards individuals who remain in the country illegally with a discounted tuition rate. American students across the nation who do not live in Colorado would love such a discount. The bill is nothing more than political pandering using tax payer funds. The bill is an insult to the rule of law, the sovereignty of the nation, and disrespectful to Hispanics and non-Hispanics alike who attempt to live in this country legally and follow the rules. Illegal immigrants across the country will be attracted to Colorado to take advantage of the generous benefits this bill provides at your expense.

OGRE Report

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:

Representatives Senators
Gerou, Cheri
Navarro, Clarice
Priola, Kevin
Bropthy, Greg
Crowder, Larry
Hill, Owen

SB13-200 (Expansion of Medicaid Eligibility)

Sponsors

BY SENATOR(S) Aguilar, Kefalas, Carroll, Giron, Guzman, Heath, Hodge, Hudak, Johnston, Jones, Newell, Nicholson, Schwartz, Steadman, Tochtrop, Todd, Ulibarri, Morse; also REPRESENTATIVE(S) Ferrandino, Duran, Exum, Fields, Fischer, Ginal, Hamner, Labuda, Lebsock, Levy, May, Melton, Mitsch Bush, Moreno, Pabon, Pettersen, Rosenthal, Ryden, Salazar, Schafer, Singer, Young.

Summary

SB13-200 expands Medicaid eligibility in Colorado to families who earn up to 133% of the federal poverty line. The bill expands Medicaid in connection with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The bill increases state expenditures by $304.2 million in 2013-14, $887.8 million in 2014-15, and $1.0 billion in 2015-16.Link to Full text

Comment

SB13-200 expands Medicaid by allowing more individuals to qualify for the welfare program. This was done in connection with Obamacare that seeks to expand participation in the Medicaid program across the nation-placing much of the burden on the individual states. The Supreme Court ruled that the Obamacare mandated expansion of Medicaid was unconstitutional. Thus, Colorado did not have to comply by loosening its eligibility requirements, but the legislature chose to do so anyway. Despite the fact Colorado could have saved itself from this additional expansion of the welfare state like many other states have chosen to do, this bill expanded this massive welfare programs at great cost to the state.

OGRE Report

The following Republicans voted in favor of this legislation:

Representatives Senators
NONE Crowder, Larry