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Capitol ID Card Bill Clears Senate Finance Committee On 4-1 Vote

Posted: Feb. 14, 2018

A bill that would allow Coloradans to obtain a background check and identification card to bypass security at the Colorado capitol complex won easy passage Tuesday in the Senate Finance Committee. 

Committee members heard words of support for SB18-116 from lobbyists, including CLA founding members Tony Gagliardi and Larry Hudson, among others. They also heard the concerns of the Colorado State Patrol, which opposes the bill for safety concerns and which would prefer to explore the issue behind closed doors with the legislature's Executive Committee. 

Sen. Lois Court was the only committee member to vote against the measure, citing what she called the inequity of allowing people with more financial resources to move ahead in line of people with fewer resources. 

The bill moves next to the Senate Appropriates Committee. 

Listen to the audio of the hearing here. 


CLA Releases To Members The Early Results Of Its Survey On Capitol Access

Posted: Feb. 14, 2018

The Colorado Lobbyists Association conducted a survey of Colorado Capitol access issues and of SB18-116 prior to a hearing of the legislation in the Senate Finance Committee. 

Members can access the survey results here (you must be signed in as a member to view). 

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Posted: Feb. 18, 2018

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Here Are Latest Stories Involving Workplace Safety At Colorado Capitol

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

Here are links to the latest stories: 

• The Colorado Legislature has filled the human resources opening (9News)

• Colorado Senator Addresses Sexual Harassment Allegations, His Accuser Criticizes Response (KVNF)\

Editorial: Colorado Sen. Randy Baumgardner should resign (The Denver Post)

 Littwin: Not sure we needed the lesson, but Baumgardner shows us how not to apologize (Colorado Independent)

• Rep. Jim Wilson: Fallout of sexual harassment allegations (Canon City Daily Record)



Colorado Lobbyist Association Surveys All Professional Lobbyists On Capitol-ID Legislation

Posted: Feb. 13, 2018

The Colorado Lobbyists Association this morning sent a separate email surveying all professional lobbyists in the state on their thoughts about access to the Colorado Capitol Complex and about SB18-116, Capitol Identification Card. 

SB18-116 concerns the issuance of capitol identification cards to members of the public to permit them entry to state buildings containing the legislative branch of state government without having to submit to personal security checks.

The measure is up in the Senate Finance Committee this afternoon for its first hearing. 

If you are a registered professional lobbyist and didn't receive the email survey, drop us a quick line at [email protected] and we'll re-send it. 

As currently drafted, SB18-116:

  • Would apply to all members of the public
  • Would allow someone to enter the Capitol without submitting to a search
  • Would be issued by the Senate secretary or House clerk
  • Would be issued for a two-year period
  • Would cost up to $500 for two years
  • Would require an application
  • Would require submission of fingerprints
  • Would require a CBI background check
  • Results would be forwarded to Senate secretary or House clerk
  • Issuance of a card would be conditional
  • Felons would not be allowed to be issued a card
  • Card holder’s photograph would be required
  • ID card would have to be displayed for search bypass
  • Fees collected would go to a capitol identification card account
  • The capitol identification card fund would be created within the existing legislative department cash fund
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