Capitol Wrap: Dems kill ‘Make my day better’ bill (again)

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DENVER — The debate around the so-called ‘Make My Day Better’ bill, although it sounded like something out of a Clint Eastwood western, had all the drama of a movie you’ve seen a hundred times.

Or at least seven.

House Bill 1064 is dead — like the archetypical bad guy who always gets it in the end.

Senate Democrats, just as they did last year, killed the proposal that sought to allow business owners the same protections afforded to homeowners under Colorado’s ‘Make My Day’ statute, which allows them to shoot anyone who enters their home in a violent or threatening way.

Monday’s vote by a Democrat-contolled Senate committee, a 3-2 party line split against the measure, marked the seventh straight year Democrats have killed the same legislation.

ASSET bill still on hold as sponsors solidify support

The Democratic sponsors of a controversial proposal to make college more affordable to undocumented students — another measure that’s been introduced, and killed, several years in a row now — are keeping the measure on the back burner in an effort to avoid their own version of deja vu.

After a version of the bill died last year in the GOP-controlled House, Democrats are holding Senate Bill 15 in the Senate, where it’s been calendared for a final vote for three weeks now, as they look to consolidate more support.

Friday marked the third week in a row that the final Senate vote on the bill was put off.

Unlike last year’s proposal that would have offered qualifying students unsubsidized in-state tuition, this year’s version creates a slightly higher, third category of tuition and allows colleges and universities that don’t want to offer it to opt out.

Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, a former school teacher and principal, has been working to get the state’s colleges and universities to express their support.

Late Monday, Colorado State University became the 10th major college or university system in the state to back the bill.

Other institutions supporting the measure include the University of Colorado Board of Regents, Metro State University of Denver and the University of Denver.

The state’s 13 community college systems are also backing the bill.

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