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DENVER--Surrounded by children on the steps of the Denver Child Advocacy Center, Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law a bill that creates a child welfare watchdog for the state. Senate Bill 171 , sponsored by Sen. Linda Newell, D-Denver, created a youth ombudsman to oversee the state's embattled child protection system in which 35 children have died in the past few years.
A bill proposed for the next legislative session would improve a state loan-repayment program for rural health professionals with the aim of attracting more providers to rural areas. The Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC), the Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN) and the Governor’s office are jointly proposing the bill, according to Terri Hurst, policy analyst at CRHC. She expected it to be sponsored by Representative Sara Gagliardi, D-Arvada, and Senator John Morse D-Colorado Springs.
With one week to go to pass six green-energy bills in the current legislative session, eight Democratic state lawmakers are holding a rally on the west steps of the State Capitol Wednesday at 1 p.m. – a sort of Renewabollapalooza for the New Energy Economy.
A routine bill updating communicable disease laws unanimously passed a Colorado House committee Monday, punctuated by a rhetorical poke in the eye by an AIDS activist over a morality firestorm ignited in the Senate. Yet it was the testimony of a humble Denver nurse that brought down the house.