While teachers strike in Denver, Democrats continue to reject Republican proposals to assist them, including Senator Owen Hill’s SB 19-060 to expand the tax credit for classroom supplies that teachers purchase out of their own pocket. Then just yesterday, Senator Jerry Sonnenberg proposed a ballot initiative that would allow legislators to pull money from Great Outdoors Colorado’s lottery fund to put into education. But if Democrats’ past behavior is any indication, any proposal without a tax hike is dead on arrival.
Yet there’s always another chance for Democrats to vote the right way. This afternoon in the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, Republican Leader Patrick Neville will present House Bill 19-1156, which will require proof of citizenship for anyone wanting to newly register to vote in Colorado elections. And Representative Steve Humphrey will present his bill, the Live and Let Live Act, co-sponsored by Republican Senator Vicki Marble, to uphold the First Amendment and establish protections for individuals based on their sincerely held religious beliefs.
P.S., Remember that today’s committee meeting on SB 19-042, the National Popular Vote bill, is now taking place INSIDE the Capitol, in Room 271. That committee meeting begins at 1:30 pm.