Feb 5 2013

Colorado Legislative Report Week of 2/3/2013 from Principles of Liberty

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February 3, 2013

Principles of Liberty 2013 – Week #4

Welcome to week #4 of the Principles of Liberty! Last week we said that things were quiet at the Capitol with not many new bills being read across the desk, and that the plotting and planning must be in high gear. Well, that’s pretty much what happened. Many new bills were added to the analysis this week. Bill are in numerical order, and all of this week’s new bills are highlighted in bold.

The “Principles of Liberty” Defined

You can find the “Principles – 2013” and a sample analysis worksheet on the web site at www.principlesofliberty.org, as well as at the end of this packet.

This Week’s Commentary – Markets Know Better, by Former State Senator Shawn Mitchell

Former State Senator Shawn Mitchell has authored this week’s guest commentary (below). Highlighting last week’s stunning revelation that the Colorado Energy office can’t account for a quarter billion of taxpayer (that’s you and me) dollars, Shawn makes the case for free markets over central planning.

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Guest Editorial:

Markets Know Better

by Former Colorado State Senator Shawn Mitchell

Colorado public officials and residents relearned a painful lesson last week—one that might stick a little better if it got the news coverage it deserved: Politicians make lousy venture capitalists and throwing tax dollars at industry doesn’t build the economy; usually it just throws money away.

That’s the bottom line of a report of the Colorado State Auditor reviewing the dismal performance of Colorado’s Energy Office (“CEO”).  Though written in the measured tones of financial analysis, the exposed facts supply their own exclamation points, italics, and OMGs.

The CEO couldn’t document big chunks of where a quarter billion dollars went over the last several years. Contracts for as much as $20 million lacked standard documentation. Office officials and administrators couldn’t identify program goals or standards, criteria used to award grants, or point to any evidence of the effectiveness of the grants. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on staff travel to exotic foreign destinations.

The report’s flat narrative voice describes what sounds like the worst of Enron accounting, Wall Street indulgence, and indiscriminate stimulus money spraying in all directions, all compressed into an obscure, little state office.

Time will tell where the trail leads, whether Colorado’s journalist profession is up to the challenge of running the story down, and whether the information already in the public record is of any interest to local, state, or federal law enforcement.

But it would be a mistake to see this as a story mainly about one extremely badly run state office. Rather, it’s an illustration of important principles. When it comes to growing the economy, freedom works better than planning and control; supply and demand work better than political decision making.

As we see in the CEO, and the many scandals reported and others not as widely reported in the federal stimulus boondoggle, politicians lack the skill set, the incentives, and in some cases the integrity, to distribute seed capital with the efficiency of actors operating in free enterprise.

In the first place, neither politicians nor the pundits and special pleaders who urge them on know what the next big growth opportunity is, where the next breakthrough will occur. A market of profit-seeking investors enjoys a permanent structural advantage over bureaucrats in spotting, responding to, and adjusting to the unexpected in economic opportunities.

Second, even well-meaning public officials are influenced by their own context and associations. Their decisions will likely be influenced as much by who they know and how they think the news coverage will reflect on them as by a sound assessment of growth potential.

Finally, as we see locally and nationally, the ability to hand out money without accountability for the bottom line can appeal to base, self-serving, and even destructive motives as well as positive ones.

In his first State of the State address and in each one since, Governor Hickenlooper has cited the importance of creating a positive business environment, of knocking down obstacles, streamlining unnecessary and burdensome regulations, so Colorado business and employers can act and invest with confidence. But in each address too, he has also given in to the politician’s temptation to play puppet master, to talk of planning and grants, incentives, programs and initiatives to steer the market better than producers and consumers could manage on their own.

So far this administration has done a lot of the latter and not much of the former. Mr. Hickenlooper and Colorado lawmakers sincerely interested in carrying out the governor’s goal, might be well served to reflect on the lessons accumulating before us.

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Colorado Legislative Report 2/3/13

House Bill 13-1001               Advanced Industries Acceleration Act                                            Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1002               Small Business Development Centers Appropriations                 Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

House Bill 13-1003               Economic Gardening Pilot Project                                                   Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1004               Colorado Careers Act of 2013                                                         Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

Equal Protection / Rule of Law

 

House Bill 13-1005               Basic Ed & Career Tech Ed Pilot Program                                      Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Free Markets

Limited Government

Equal Protection / Rule of Law

 

House Bill 13-1006               K-12 Breakfast After The Bell Pilot Program                                 Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1007               Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission  Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1008               Preference in Hiring for Disabled Veteran’s Spouse                    Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Equal Protection / Rule of Law

 

 

House Bill 13-1010               Procurement of Stationary Supplies By Counties                         Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1015                        Disclose Mental Health Claims All-payer Database                 Oppose

            This legislation opposes the principles of:                              

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1017               Notice Of Home Loan Mod & Servicer Honor Terms                     Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1018                        Beneficial Use Produced Water Dust Suppression                  Oppose

            This legislation opposes the principles of:                              

Limited Government

Federal & state powers (EPA regulations)

 

House Bill 13-1019                        Regulatory Reform Act                                                                  Support

            This legislation supports the principles of:                            

Limited government

 

House Bill 13-1021                        Improving School Attendance                                                      Oppose

            This legislation opposes the principles of:                              

Individual Liberty

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1040               PERA Highest Average Salary                                                          Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1042               State Income Tax Deduction Disallowed By IRC 280E                 Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

State vs. Federal Balance of Power

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1043               Modify Definition Of Deadly Weapon                                             Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Uphold Constitution

 

House Bill 13-1045               Prohibit State Aid To NDAA Investigations                                                Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

State vs. Federal Balance of Power

Uphold Consitution

 

House Bill 13-1046               Employee User Name Password Privacy Protection                     Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Property Rights

 

House Bill 13-1047                        Extracurricular Participation Across Sch Districts                Oppose

            This legislation opposes the principles of:                              

Individual Liberty

Personal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1048               Deadly Force Against Intruder At A Business                                Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Property Rights

Uphold Constitution

 

House Bill 13-1052               Nonattorneys Representing Closely Held Entities                         Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

Free Markets

 

House Bill 13-1054               Lessen Unempl Ins Benefit Reduction Retirement                                   Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1055               Colorado Works Redetermination Of Eligibility                             Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1061               Responsible Medical Marijuana Vendor Standards                      Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1062               Regulation Public Insurance Adjusters                                          Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Free Markets

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1064               Publish Local Government Legal Notices On-line                          Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1067               Cancel Primary Major Pol Party No Contested Races                   Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1069               Small Business Fiscal Impact Statements                                       Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1073               Portability Of Nonprobationary Teacher Status                            Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Free Markets

 

House Joint Resolution  13-1004    Oppose Forest Service Water Permit Reqmnt                   Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Property Rights

State vs. Federal Balance of Power

Uphold Constitution

 

House Bill 13-1075               Legislative Review Of Executive Branch Rules                                   Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1076                        No POST Certification For CBI Director                                     Oppose

            This legislation opposes the principles of:                              

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1077               Illegal Traffic Stops License Revocation Hearings                              Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

 

House Bill 13-1078               Repeal Colorado Health Benefit Exchange                                     Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

 

House Bill 13-1080                        Aircraft Manufacturer Employee Income Tax Credit              Oppose

            This legislation opposes the principles of:                              

Free Markets

 

House Bill 13-1083                        Motorcycle Operator Safety Training Program                        Oppose

            This legislation opposes the principles of:                              

Individual liberty

Personal responsibility

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1081               Comprehensive Human Sexuality K-12 Education                             Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

 

House Bill 13-1084               Child Care License Status When New FEIN Is Issued                       Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1085               Change Possession Of Weapons By Previous                                    Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1087                        Membership Human Services Allocation Committees           Oppose

            This legislation opposes the principles of:                              

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1088               Office Of Health Equity CDPHE                                                        Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Limited Government

Equal Protection / Rule of Law

 

House Bill 13-1089               Academic Freedom Acts                                                                      Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Equal Protection / Rule of Law

 

House Bill 13-1090               Construction Contractor Subcontractor Prompt Pay                           Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Limited Government

Free Markets

 

House Bill 13-1092               Limit Approp To Executive Branch For Org Fees                               Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1094               Tax Credit For School-related Expenditures                                       Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1099               Public Administrators Accountability Act                                            Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1105               Energy Saving Mortgage Program                                                      Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1106               Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation                             Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Limited Government

Uphold State/Federal Constitutions

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

 

House Bill 13-1109               Apply Protection Orders To Parolees                                                  Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1111               Regulate Naturopathic Doctors                                                           Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Free Markets

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1117               Alignment Of Child Development Programs                                       Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1118               Issuing IDs To Retired Peace Officers                                                Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Limited Government

Equal Protection / Rule of Law

 

House Bill 13-1119               Veteran’s Identification Card And Driver’s License                             Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Limited Government

Equal Protection / Rule of Law

 

House Bill 13-1125               Impound Livestock Veterinarian Determination                                  Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Property Rights

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1127               Defendant Burden Not Guilty Reason Of Insanity                             Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

 

House Bill 13-1128               Exclude Clean Counties From Enhanced Emission Area                    Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1133                        Plumbing And Electrical Inspections Schools                          Support         This legislation supports the principles of:                                  

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1134               HOA Information Resource Ctr Annial Registration                           Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1135               Voter Preregistration At Age 16                                                          Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1137               Lot Restrictions For BOCC Auth Over Weed Removal                      Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Property Rights

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1138               Authorize Benefit Corporations                                                           Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1144                        Eliminate Cigarette Sales & Use Tax Exemption                       Oppose          This legislation opposes the principles of:                                  

Individual Liberty

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1146                        ID Theft Victim CBI Records Challenge                                      Support         This legislation supports the principles of:                                  

Individual Liberty

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

 

House Bill 13-1147               Voter Registration At Public Higher Ed Institution                             Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

 

 

 

 

Senate Bill 13-001                Colorado Working Families Economic Opportunity Act                Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Fiscal Responsibility

Equal Protection / Rule of Law

 

Senate Bill 13-002                Designate BOCES As Local Education Agencies                             Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Fiscal Responsibility

 

Senate Bill 13-003                Coal Mine Methane Gas Capture                                                     Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-006                No Reduction In K-12 Education To Expand Medicaid                Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

State vs. Federal Balance of Power

Fiscal Responsibility

Uphold Constitution

 

Senate Bill 13-008                Eliminate Waiting Period Under CHP+                                          Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Fiscal Responsibility

 

Senate Bill 13-009                School Board Policies Allowing Concealed Carry                           Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Personal Responsibility

 

Senate Bill 13-012                Child Abuse Reporting Youth Sports Organizations                     Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-013                Secret Service Limited Peace Officer Authority                             Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

State vs. Federal Balance of Power

Equal Protection / Rule of Law

 

Senate Bill 13-015                Local Board Of Ed Meeting Electronic Participation                     Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-018                Permissible Use Of Credit Information By Employers                  Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

 

 

Senate Bill 13-020                Business Fiscal Impacts Leg Measures & Exec Rules                    Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-021                Pipeline Rights-of-way                                                                     Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Property Rights

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-025                Collective Bargaining Firefighters                                                   Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-028               Track Utility Data High Performance State Building               Oppose

            This legislation opposes the principles of:                              

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

Senate Bill 13-030                Additional Review Of Rules Promulgated By Agencies                 Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-031                Tuition For Dropout Recovery Program Students                         Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Fiscal Responsibility

 

Senate Bill 13-033                In-state Classification CO High School Completion                        Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

Equal Protection / Rule of Law

 

Senate Bill 13-035                Prohibit Red Light Camera Vehicle Identification                         Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-039                Regulate Audiology Practice                                                                        Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Free Markets

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-047               Youth In Foster Care And Identity Theft Protection                Oppose

            This legislation opposes the principles of:                              

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-048               Authorize Local Government Use Of HUTF For Transit        Oppose

            This legislation opposes the principles of:                                          

Free Markets

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-049                Roundabout Turn & Lane Change Signal                                       Support

This legislation supports the principles of:

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-050                Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Fund                        Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

Senate Bill 13-051                Fire Inspection Marijuana Cultivation Sites                                   Oppose

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-054                Underage Person Alcohol Consumption Parent Consent             Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-055               PERA Actuarial Soundness & Reporting Requirements         Support         This legislation supports the principles of:                                  

Fiscal Responsibility

 

Senate Bill 13-058               Permanent Disability Parking Privileges                                   Support         This legislation supports the principles of:                                  

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-059                Peace Officers Obtain Liquor License                                             Support          This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

Equal Protection / Rule of Law

 

Senate Bill 13-066               Taxpayer Abortion Separation Act                                              Support         This legislation supports the principles of:                                  

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

Uphold State Constitution

 

Senate Bill 13-067               Extend Public Lands Off-road Vehicle Law                               Oppose

            This legislation opposes the principles of:                              

Individual Liberty

Limited Government

Senate Bill 13-070                Alternative Fuel Fleet Vehicles                                                        Oppose           This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-073               General Permits Stormwater Rule-making                               Support         This legislation supports the principles of:                                  

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-078               Erroneously Located Water Diversion Points                          Support         This legislation supports the principles of:                                  

Limited Government

 

Senate Bill 13-111                Require Reports of Elder Abuse and Exploitation                                    Oppose          This legislation opposes the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Limited Government

Equal Protection / Rule of Law

 

Senate Bill 13-126               HOA Condo Apt Electric Vehicle Charging Stations                 Oppose          This legislation opposes the principles of:                                  

Property Rights

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

Senate Bill 13-127               Sales Tax Revenue To Older Coloradans Cash Fund               Oppose          This legislation opposes the principles of:                                  

Fiscal Responsibility

 

Senate Bill 13-133               Distribution Of State Share Of Ltd Gaming Revenues              Oppose          This legislation opposes the principles of:                                  

Free Markets

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

Senate Bill 13-138               School Resource Officer Programs In Public Schools                        Oppose          This legislation opposes the principles of:                                  

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

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Contributed by Rich Bratten, Principles of Liberty.