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KUNC Story Spotlights Capitol Access, Concealed Carry

Posted: Feb. 26, 2018

Colorado’s Capitol, like 28 other statehouses across the country, has security checkpoints at public entrances. There are metal detectors that visitors and lobbyists must pass through under the watchful eyes of State Patrol officers, who are there to protect everyone in the building and keep illegal guns and other weapons out. But for some, the security is too much, according to KUNC.

“It’s easier to get on an airplane than it is to get into the people’s Capitol,” longtime lobbyist Mike Beasley, who often has to empty the contents of his pockets to go through security because he leaves and returns several times a day, told the news outlet.

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Capitol Workplace Issues Continue To Draw Coverage

Posted: Feb. 25, 2018

The issue of workplace harassment continues to roil Colorado's Capitol.

Here are links to the latest stories: 

Sexual Harassment Complaint Against A Third Colorado Lawmaker Found Credible (KUNC)

• Statehouse interns across US especially vulnerable to sexual harassment (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

• Opinion: Why are so many Colorado legislators accused of sexual harassment? (Denver Post)

• Male Staffer Files Complaint That Sen. Baumgardner Created Offensive Workplace (KUNC)


Welcome: Corky Kyle Is The Newest Member of Colorado Lobbyists Association

Posted: Feb. 25, 2018

Henry C. "Corky" Kyle, MPA, CAE, of The Kyle Group is the latest professional lobbyist member of the Colorado Lobbyists Association. 

Kyle and the association's first 100 members enjoy a 33% discount on dues.

Not yet a member? Join today!



Show Your Support For Improved Access To Colorado's Capitol With Sky-Blue 'Capitol Clear' Pins

Posted: Feb. 20, 2018

A bill calling for the creation of a Capitol Identification Card has passed its first committee hurdle, Senate Finance, and is awaiting calendaring in its second, Senate Appropriations. 

But soon, no matter the committee or chamber, you'll be able to show your support professionally and prominently. 

Sky-blue aluminum "Capitol Clear" lapel badges measuring just an inch and a quarter wide -- think "museum admission badge" -- will soon be widely available at Colorado's Capitol. The badges are free and Amendment 41-compliant. CLA has agreed to help distribute the badges to raise awareness of the need for improved access to the Capitol by heavy users of the complex, lobbyists included. The fee-based program called for in SB18-116 would pay for itself, the bill's fiscal note reveals. 

While all of the elements of the Capitol ID Card program have yet to be legislated, the need for better access is great, CLA's member and prospective members report in a recently conducted survey. The survey results are being shared in real-time with CLA members and will be publicly shared at some point. 

But you don't have to wait to see the Capitol Clear badge.

The final design is viewable here.



Colorado Lobbyists Association Welcomes 6 Members In Past Week

Posted: Feb. 20, 2018

CLA's rolls continue to swell. 

Christopher Votoupal of Range LLP joined as a professional lobbyist member on Feb. 12, followed by the Axiom Politics' team on Feb. 15: Micki Hackenberger, Erin Goff, Tyler Henson, Melissa Osse and Michael Steppat. 

Welcome one and all!

CLA is more than halfway past its first-year goal of 100 Colorado lobbyist members -- approximately 20% of the lobbying corps. Those among the first 100 to join receive a significant 33% discount off of membership dues -- so don't miss out!

Not a member? Join today!

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