2d Amendment & Self Defense UPDATE
The four anti-2d Amendment bills will be introduced in the Senate committees this week (see below for details). Their first hearings will be on March 4th at 10:30AM. It has been proposed that everyone do a honk and wave around the capitol (Colfax and Lincoln) to rally against the current legislation throughout the day. You are also encouraged you to bring your signs and voices at the front of the capitol and make your voice heard! If you can, go to the hearings!
There is a lot going on next week, but the anti-2d Amendment bills are predominant. This will “command the day” on Monday so this newsletter edition will focus on this pivotal issue. To be sure you don’t miss other activities that might interest you, please click on the calendar links below to see what else is planned in the House and Senate. I continue to say you will be amazed and perplexed what our legislature spends its time on!
LAST WEEK and NEW bill information:
SB 033, in-state tuition for illegal students, passed House Education Committee and was referred unamended to House Appropriations.
SB 011, the CO Civil Union Act, passed House Judiciary Committee. Here is an article about that hearing:
Castle Rock Republican casts emotional vote for civil unions – The Denver Post
SB13-140 – No Federal Laws Concerning Colorado Firearms will nullify any and all federal gun control efforts if passed. This bill was scheduled to be heard on February 13th, but without notice or reason, it was pulled from the calendar and has not been rescheduled.
Spotlight on Bill Hearings and Floor Schedule
Information on hearings and bill progress. Suggested actions and effective strategies. THIS IS NOT EVERY ACTION. PLEASE REVIEW THE CALENDARS BELOW TO DISCOVER ANY ACTIONS NOT LISTED HERE.
WEEK OF MAR 4-8
ON THE FLOOR
HB 1043 Definiton of a Deadly Weapon. 3d Reading (final passage)
SB 23 Raise limits on payments for government liability. 2d Reading
SB142 to require the federal government to relinquish title to all agricultural public lands and cede to the state of Colorado.
HB 1023 Academic Accelleration Program
SJR-016 A Resolution declaring the General Assembly a partner in the lawsuit Kerr v Hickenlooper, which seeks to have a federal court declare TABOR and the Colorado initiative process unconstitutional.
SJR 17 October will bec0me “Conflict Resolution Month” (What?)
The schedule has changed for the gun hearings AGAIN. It appears they are now going to take testimony and vote on each bill one at a time. They are giving the opposition three minutes for each witness, for a total of 90 minutes, followed by the proponents being given their 90 minutes. Following the public testimony, the committee members will then debate/discuss each bill prior to the vote, and then proceed to the next bill.
So, I would assume each bill will take a minimum of 3 1/2 to 4 hours each. To make matters worse, they have rearranged the order of bills on the calendar and have moved HB 1226, the concealed carry bill, to the very end of the State Affairs Committee calendar.
Therefore, if it starts at 10:30 and takes four hours each on the first two bills, we would not get to the concealed carry bill, the most publically controversial bill the committee, until 6:30PM.
If each bill goes the full four hours, then the following is what calendar MIGHT look like. Obviously, IF any bill is heard for LESS than the allotted four hours, then the following times would change accordingly. It is a strategy to wear you out!
HERE IS THE SCHEDULE:
State Affairs Committee (Senate Committee RM 356, third floor of the Capitol)
HB 1229 – Universal Background Checks
HB 1228 – Background check fees
HB 1226 – Prohibiting Concealed Carry on college campus
Judiciary Committee (Old Supreme Court Chambers, second floor of the Capitol)
SB 197 – Prohibition of gun possession while under a restraining order
HB 1224 – Limiting the size of magazines
SB 196 – Assault Weapons ban
SB 195 – CCW training must be in-person
Senate Transportation Committee 2:00 PM, SCR 352
HB1027, requires the PUC director to notify the General Assembly of any hearing on utility rate increases
Senate Health and Human services, 1:30PM, SCR356
HB1081, requiring human sexuality education in K-12 classrooms
ON THE FLOOR
HB 114 Voter Registration by Higher Ed Institutions 3d Reading Final Passage
SB 33 Tuition for Illegal Aliens 2d Reading
*Dates and times are subject to last-minute change by the committee chairman. Be sure to check the calendar above.
(HT: Danny Stroud, Ari Armstrong and the folks at Liberty Tracker.)