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Capitol ID Card Up Today For Second Reading In Colorado Senate

Posted: March 12, 2018

A bill that would allow heavy users of Colorado's Capitol complex to pay for a background check that would let them come and go in buildings more easily is on this morning's General Orders calendar in the Colorado Senate. 

SB18-116, Capitol Identification Card, is the third bill scheduled to be heard.

The Colorado Lobbyists Association says a survey it took of all lobbyists shows 91.3% support for the idea. It has promoted an awareness campaign, Capitol Clear, to bring attention to the idea, which would require prospective pass holders to submit to a fingerprint-based background check conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. 

"Currently, no lobbyists or members of the public undergoes any background check to enter Colorado's Capitol, so this alternative is safer than today's system without background checks," the association says on its website. 

SB18-116, as drafted, also gives the Colorado State Patrol the authority to deny a Capitol ID Card even in instances where a background check comes back clean. This way, persons accused of threatening or harassing behavior would be mandated to go through Capitol metal detectors anyway. 

The bill handily passed the Senate Finance Committee but squeaked through Senate Appropriations Committee on a 4-3 party-line vote, with all Republicans voting yes and all Democrats voting no. At the committee hearing, neither side publicly voiced their reasons for support or for non-support. 



Do You Have What It Takes To Win CLA's March Madness Challenge?

March 11, 2018

It doesn’t cost a penny for you to enter CLA's March Madness Bracket Challenge … but you do have to be a CLA member, and you can only submit one entry in our “Sheet of Integrity” game.

What’s the prize? State lobbyist corps bragging rights, of course. And for first place, a $100 Visa gift card; for second prize, a $50 Amazon gift card and for third prize, a $20 Lyft gift card. 

Members, click here for complete details and to enter.


Jeff Weist, Laura Long & Matthew Cook Are Latest To Join CLA

Posted: March 11, 2018

Weist Capitol Group's Jeff Weist and Laura Long, along with Matthew Cook of the Colorado Association of School Boards, are the newest members of the Colorado Lobbyists Association. 


The association is more than two-thirds of the way to its goal of 100 members in its first year of operations. 

Not yet a member? Join us!

Among other things, professional lobbyist members of the Colorado Lobbyists Association receive:

• Discounts on or free admission to association events, including online programs, breakfast series and annual retreats
• Access to members-only discussion groups facilitating collaboration between lobbyists
• Free listings in online as well as printed directories of our membership
• Opportunities to network in person and online, outside of the state Capitol
• Access to RFP opportunities
• The satisfaction of knowing they support high ethical standards for the practice of lobbying in Colorado as well as the growth of the profession!


Don't Forget Thursday's Filing Deadline For Lobbyists

Posted: March 10, 2018

Thursday is the March deadline for filing monthly lobbyist reports. 

View the association's full calendar here.


Colorado GOP Forming Committee To Pick Lebsock’s Replacement

Posted: March 9, 2018

Colorado Republicans announced Friday morning that they have formed a committee to fill disgraced Rep. Steve Lebsock’s seat following his expulsion from the state House of Representatives, 9News reports.

Democrats may challenge this in court.

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