Tipton: When making laws, stick to one item

Pushes for single-subject legislation

Local representatives in the U.S. House are attempting to bring the Colorado Legislature’s practice of single-subject legislation to Washington.

The bill, House Resolution 67, was introduced last week by four Colorado representatives, including Cortez Republican Scott Tipton, Republican Doug Lamborn, Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Cory Gardener.

It would prohibit bills and joint resolutions passed in Congress from containing more than one subject. It also would require the subject of every new bill to be named in the title.

Tipton said the bill, introduced Jan. 26 and referred to the House Committee on Rules, would put an end to false advertising and prevent omnibus bills designed to slip through items that might otherwise fail under congressional debate.

“During my campaign I made a promise to work to increase transparency in government, and single-subject legislation is a step in that direction,” Tipton said in a prepared statement.

This will be Lamborn’s and Polis’ second attempt at passing single-subject legislation after a similar bill introduced in the last legislative session was unsuccessful.

In an unrelated matter, Tipton was selected Monday to be chairman of the Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee of the House Small Business Committee, according to a news release from Tipton’s office.

“I’m honored to serve on the Small Business Committee and as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, which has oversight over programs that are important to Colorado’s 3rd District,” Tipton said in the release. “I’m focused on cutting spending, curbing overregulation and keeping taxes low so that small businesses can do what they do best – create jobs and get people back to work.”

The Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee oversees agriculture policy, energy issues, environmental regulation, intellectual property rights on the international stage and international trade policy. Membership of the subcommittee is made up entirely of Republicans.

He also was selected to serve on the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry of the House Agriculture Committee; the Subcommittee on Water and Power of the House Natural Resources Committee; and the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands of the House Natural Resources Committee.

The Subcommittee on Water and Power is responsible for matters concerning America’s water resources, federal irrigation projects, generation of electric power from federal water projects and interstate water issues.

The Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands is responsible for all matters related to the national park system, national forests, public lands and national monuments.

The Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry covers soil, water, resource conservation, small watersheds, energy, biobased energy production, rural electrification, forestry and forest reserves other than those created from the public domain.

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