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“Days after Michael McFadden was freed from prison after an appellate court overturned his conviction for sexually assaulting six children, he was back behind bars.
McFadden, 46, was sentenced in 2015 as a habitual criminal to more than 300 years in prison for violent sexual offenses, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported.
He was ordered released from Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in Ordway on Tuesday because of a court ruling that his right to a speedy trial had been violated, The Daily Sentinel reported. The Colorado Supreme Court declined to overrule the lower court.”
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After nearly a year of battling, Senator Ray Scott finally is winning bipartisan support for his effort to reinvent Colorado’s Energy Office, by eliminating bureaucratic clutter and broadening its mission beyond a too narrow focus on renewables. Scott’s Senate Bill-3, which passed the Senate today on a 34 to 1 bipartisan vote, tasks the office with promoting all energy options for Colorado, including coal, natural gas, renewables, nuclear and any new energy technologies that emerge.
Statehouse Democrats derailed Scott’s initial effort in the waning hours of the 2017 session, in response to pressure from organized green groups that refuse to concede that the office had become an irrelevant bureaucratic backwater. A streamlined and simplified version of the bill Scott brought this year is winning broader support, judging from today’s vote.
“Colorado is blessed to be an energy powerhouse among states, with a diversity of options available to us that other states can only envy, yet for too long our Energy Office was almost exclusively focused on a few technologies and ignoring all the others,” said Scott.”An all-of-the-above energy state needs and all-of-the-above energy office, which is what we’ll finally have if this bill continues to gain steam.”
“Senate Bill 3 is the product of months of collaboration with the Energy Office and Governor’s office, stakeholders and legislators, and the near unanimous vote of support is indicative of that,” added Scott.
In January, Senate President Kevin J. Grantham highlighted energy office reform as a top priority for Senate Republicans in 2018.
“Personally, I don’t care if it’s oil, natural gas, wind, solar, coal, nuclear, hydro, or if they find some way to harness the power of the hot air rising from the Capitol Dome, I am for a diverse energy portfolio in the State of Colorado,” Grantham said.”Let’s open the markets and encourage energy development in all sectors that keeps and brings jobs to Colorado while lowering heating bills for consumers in each and every one of our districts.”
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DENVER – State Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) again affirmed his support for rural Colorado today, with Second Reading passage of a bill, Senate Bill-5, aimed to ensuring that rural parts of the state aren’t overlooked, and instead become a priority, when state economic assistance efforts are made.
“This bipartisan bill will help struggling communities jump-start their economies by providing grant money and other forms of assistance to rural parts of the state that are lagging economically and experiencing hardship,” said Scott. Senator Kerry Donovan, a Vail Democrat, is a co-prime sponsor on the bill.
SB-5 directs Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs keep the state’s 49 rural counties foremost in mind as they determine where to direct economic assistance efforts.”Our emphasis now needs to be on expanding opportunity and prosperity for all Coloradans, not just those living along the urbanized Front Range,” added Scott,”and this bill will help ensure that our most economically distressed areas will become a priority, rather than an afterthought.”
The bill now moves to third reading and final passage, before moving to the House for debate.