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Health care, daylight saving time and tampons all making news at the capitol

Posted at 3:44 PM, Jan 29, 2017

DENVER -- A plan to repeal Colorado’s health care exchange will likely die before it hits Governor Hickenlooper’s desk.

Colorado Independent capitol reporter Marianne Goodland joined Anne Trujillo on this week’s Politics Unplugged to talk about what’s going on at the capitol. She says Senate Bill 3 is going to get a lot of attention in the senate, possibly even create a need for overflow rooms during hearings.

“Sen. Smallwood’s bill, I think, has a very good chance of making it through the state senate, given that it has been named as one of the priorities for the Republican majority,” Goodland said. “When it gets to the house, that’s another story.”

Goodland says she’s also watching a bill that would remove Colorado from daylight saving time, which would mean no more changing clocks twice a year.

“Every couple of years we’ve got someone who wants to get Colorado out of that,” Goodland said. “I know lots of people would like to see Colorado come off of daylight savings time so I think it may have some popularity outside of the capitol. Inside the capitol, that’s still kinda [sic] a wait-and-see.”

She has higher hopes for a bill dubbed “The Tampon Bill” that would remove the taxes on women’s sanitary hygiene products. Goodland says because women are the majority in the Democratic caucus in both the state house and state senate, there’s a good chance this bill could make it to the governor’s desk.

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Politics Unplugged airs Sundays at 4:30am & 4pm on Denver7.

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