Under The Gold Dome: Legislators Decide That Reading Is Fundamental

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84 BILLS are up today.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT TODAY: “Original papers” foreclosure bill.

LITERACY GETS A THOROUGH HILL HEARING: The serious tone of the hearing on HB-1238 and the level of detail and analysis provided by many witnesses were in contrast to the rushed atmosphere and uninformed discussion that sometimes mark committee hearings, Todd Engdahl of Education News Colorado writes. “Nobody’s flatly against HB 12-1238; witness after witness agreed that early literacy is a moral imperative and essential to the subsequent academic success of students.” Engdahl noted that the bill is being pushed by a coalition of education reform groups and business groups: Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Succeeds, Colorado Concern, Stand for Children and the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

GAY CANDIDATES: Five LGBT candidates running for Colorado’s state legislature for the first time – all as Democrats – appealed to voters in the March 6 Democratic Caucus.

DUELING RALLIES: The national debate over birth control arrived on the west steps of the state Capitol on Monday with two rallies featuring competing messages from legislators, activists and faith leaders over whether insurers should be required to cover contraception.

TODAY’S POLITICAL SONG OF THE DAY: “We’re taking back our country.”

GOVERNOR TWEETS HIS SUPPORT ON ASSET BILL: “Every child deserves a chance. Every HS student must see a path forward. That’s why SB 15 deserves a full hearing in the House.”

TOWING COMPANIES find themselves in a bind.

CAPTURED THE DAY IN A TWEET: @meganverlee “AM: liberals rally for reproductive health. PM: conservatives for religious exceptions. In btwn, all celebrate 100yrs of Girls Scouts #coleg”

MASS EMAILS TO LEGISLATORS DON’T WORK: @PatSteadman sent this Tweet: “Note to CenturyLink: message received, over 800 before we blocked. Odd that so many of your employees clicked “send” at same moment…#coleg”

WHERE’S THE NEXUS? Banks that illegally foreclosed on homeowners may help keep Fort Lyon open … as transitional housing for veterans.

HEADED TO GOVERNOR: Drug overdose reporting bill.

MOVING ON: Dropout bill.

MOVING ON: Water treatment bill.

SHARED TALE OF HIS DYSLEXIC PAST: John Hickenlooper.

SEEING SANDHILL CRANES: John Hickenlooper.

HAT IN: Frank McNulty, HD-43.

THEY HAVE GOP CHALLENGERS: Crisanta Duran. Randy Fischer.

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FOLLOW YOUR FAVORITE LICENSE-PLATE BILL on State Bill’s “Plate Progress” report.

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

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

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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

HICKENLOOPER PUBLIC EVENTS
* 3:30 p.m. – remarks at the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber’s Day at the Legislature. Location: Old Supreme Court Chambers, State Capitol, Denver.

TODAY’S SOCIAL CALENDAR:
* Annual Conservation Community Legislative Reception, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., The University Club of Denver, 1673 Sherman Street, Denver. Contact: Faith Winter (303) 594-5594 faith@coloradoconservationvoters.org
* Colorado Petroleum Association Legislative Reception, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Palette’s at the Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver. Contact: Marsha Ferm 303-888-9100 marsha@marshaferm.com

FOLLOWING YESTERDAY’S DAY OF RALLIES, nothing more planned the rest of the week.

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