Alice Nichol arranged for the speakers at our next NSRF meeting and, of course, we are having our traditional December meeting breakfast burritos.
Please join us on Saturday, December 10th to discuss current Colorado political issues from The Right Side at our last meeting of 2016.
The following Adams County politicians will talk about the upcoming 2017 legislative session and the bills they plan to carry.
- Kevin Priola who is now the new State Senator in SD-25 replacing Mary Hodge
- Beth Humenik-Martinez in SD-14 who needs to stand for reelection in the next cycle in 2 years
- And Phil Covarrubias who was elected in Kevin Priola’s prior house seat HD-56
The NSRF meets on the second Saturday of every month from 9:00 am-11:00 am at Amazing Grace Church, 541 E. 99th Place in Thornton. Use the north door to enter. Admission is $3 per person for members and $5 for non-members. Coffee, orange juice, bottled water, & our annual Christmas breakfast burritos are included with your admission.
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How a bill becomes law in Colorado:
Proposals discussed by the Colorado General Assembly during the legislative session are presented in the form of a written document called a bill. A bill can create new law, amend existing law or repeal existing law. Bills are numbered in the order they are introduced and usually have a House and Senate sponsor. Legislators are limited to five bills each.
Bills are assigned to one or more committees for detailed review. Committee meetings are open to the public and people may express their views on the proposed legislation during these meetings. Meeting schedules are posted online on the General Assembly web pages.
After study, hearings, research and discussion in committee, bills may be amended, recommended for passage, referred to another committee or tabled for consideration later in the session. Committees may also kill bills by a majority vote, and at times, a committee will “postpone indefinitely” a bill, essentially killing it.
Bills that are passed out of committee return to the House or Senate floor for a second reading. This is a key point in the legislative process when legislators may make substantial amendments. Bills can be either passed, amended and passed, defeated, laid over until another day or referred back to committee for more work.
The final and official recorded vote occurs on the third reading. After a bill is passed by the Legislature, it is sent to the governor, who may sign it into law, let it take effect without hissignature or veto the bill. For more information on the legislative process, visit the Legislative Council’s General Resources web page. Read more …