Yes, HB 16-1085 (Reclaim the Name) was signed by the Governor on Thursday. This bill was suggested by Toni Chappell from Grand Junction. It vastly simplifies the process for a divorced person to change back to a previous name if they choose to do that at a time after the divorce is final.
Makes sense to me.
How about the budget?
The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) is comprised of 3 Representatives and 3 Senators. Because the control is split, there are 3 Republicans and 3 Democrats on the JBC. The committee starts meeting in November.
Want to know where you money goes? JBC NARRATIVE
Oh, about that Hospital Provider Fee: A bill to remove the HPF from the caps and turn it into an enterprise fund has been introduced, HB16-1420. The bill was scheduled for debate on Thursday but we ran out of time so it is now on the calendar for Monday April 4. If 1420 passes, a companion bill, HB16-1421, will restore the cuts to the HPF and transportation. It also restores $16 million in severance tax that was swept into the general fund last year. This is good for western Colorado. The negative factor will also be reduced.