Under The Gold Dome: ‘Honey, Get Me Rewrite’

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87 BILLS are up today.

OF NOTE TODAY: HB12-1036: Open Records Act Clarification, 1:30 p.m., House Judiciary; HB12-1091: Reduce Student Assessments To Federal Requirements, Upon adjournment Room 0112 State, Veterans & Military Affairs; HB12-1092: Concealed Handgun Carry Without Permit, 1:30 p.m. Room 0107 Judiciary; HB12-1119: Success Act To Limit State Agency Fines, 1:30 p.m. Room 0112 Economic & Business Development; HB12-1142: New PERA Employee Defined Contribution Plan Choice, Upon adjournment Room, LSB-A Finance; HB12-1147: Western Tiger Salamander State Amphibian, 1:30 p.m., Senate Agriculture.

REASONABLE REVISIONS? Secretary of State Scott Gessler said he removed burdensome regulations Wednesday by issuing revised campaign finance rules that are “clearer and more straightforward so that Coloradans can more easily understand the law.” Critics said the move is outside of his authority and will allow big money to dominate elections. The rules are being adopted on a temporary and permanent basis. The rules will become effective March 7 under the temporary adoption and then become permanently effective March 30. “By temporarily adopting the rules, Gessler seeks to provide clarity and guidance sooner during an election year,” his office said.

CAN MULTI-TASK: Gessler also testified Wednesday on photo-ID-to-vote bill.

THE CBMS HOLE IS ABOUT TO GET DEEPER: Roxane White, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s chief of staff, said the state has no real choice but to spend another $17 million on troubled benefits system.

METRO DISTRICTS INITIALLY PREVAIL in lottery funding battle.

ONE ENTERPRISE ZONE BILL DIES but two others still breathing, for now.

HAT IN: Matt Ball, CD-7.

MOVING ON: Photo-ID-to-vote bill.

STOPPED: Veteran contract preferences.

STOPPED: Vocational certification.

STOPPED: Colorado contract preferences.

REP. JUDY SOLANO’S House Bill 12-1091, her attempt to eliminate state writing tests and one set of high school tests, faces uncertain prospects this morning in the House State Affairs Committee, commonly known as the “kill committee,” Education News Colorado reports.

DIDN’T VOTE ON OIL BILL: Sal Pace.

FREAKING ABOUT PERA BILL: Retirees.

AP NATIONALLY PICKS UP story about Buckley the Dog’s cancer.

LOBBYISTS BETSY MURRAY AND ELLEN CARUSO have joined Corky Kyle at the Kyle Group.

GOLD BOOKS: Order in the a.m., delivered to Capitol in the p.m.

THE[NEWS]SEEN is looking for fun events to photograph. Email: barefootpr@me.com.

TODAY’S CALENDARS. House. Senate.

SUBSCRIBERS: Your Virtual Bill Box is here. Your Personal Calendar is here.

YESTERDAY’S BILL ROUNDUP FOR STATE BILL SUBSCRIBERS, COURTESY OUR VIRTUAL BILL BOX:
* Introduced bills
* Signed bills
* Bills acted upon
* New fiscal notes
* Bill amendments
* New bill versions
* Day’s archived audio
* Day’s archived video

TODAY’S HICKENLOOPER/GARCIA PUBLIC EVENTS
* 9 a.m. – Hickenlooper will deliver remarks at the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture. Location: Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St., Denver.
* 10:30 a.m. – Garcia will deliver the keynote address at the National Character Leadership Symposium. Location: Air Force Academy, Fairchild Hall, Colorado Springs.
* 2 p.m. – The two will deliver remarks at the Colorado Press Association Governor’s Reception. Location: Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion, 400 E. 8th Ave., Denver.

TODAY’S SOCIAL CALENDAR:
* Junior League of Denver Legislative Day at the Capitol, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., outside of the Old Supreme Court Chambers Contact : Jessica Grimes 617-699-4382
* Lunch, Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials, CALPHO, 8:00 a.m.-3:00p.m., TBD. Contact: Jennifer Miles 303-668-3979 jennifer@milesgovtrelations.com

HOPE THAT WIND DIES DOWN OUT THERE: Today’s rally is 10:00 AM 2:00 PM, CO Coalition of Cyberschool Families, West steps – 500 people.

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