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CO Politics: HHS Refusal Rule & Wildfire Protection Plan

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Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO-1) and Rep. Louise Slaughter have re-introduced legislation to stop the Bush “administration’s” last minute attempt to permit health care workers to interject their ideology into their jobs by refusing service to patients they find objectionable, regardless of patients’ rights and needs.  So many pieces of legislation and so many executive orders are needed to undo the Bush Disaster.

In the Colorado legislature, the Community Wildfire Protection Plan passed out of committee unanimously.   It will establish guidelines for local governments to follow to respond to wildfires so officials are not making that decision on the ground in emergency situations. As more areas continue to suffer from drought and pine beetle kill, guidelines for wildfire response are wise to implement. I expect additional wildfire-related legislation to come out of this session.

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