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1 year 3 months ago

Bennet tapped for Farm Bill

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet is one of 12 senators who have been tapped for negotiating the thorny Farm Bill. But Congress left for a five-week recess Friday with no meetings planned between senators and House members who can't agree on food stamp funding. The Democratic Senate has...

1 year 4 months ago

Farmers worry about fate of immigration bills

ATWOOD, Mich. (AP) - The immigration debate is focused on border security and people in the country illegally, but the nation's farmers are hoping for legislation that makes it easier for them to hire workers. Producers of cherries, apples and other fruits in Michigan say the immigration crackdown is leaving...

1 year 4 months ago

Senate passes immigration bill

The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping immigration overhaul bill in a bi-partisan vote, making it the first attempt to tackle immigration reform in six years. Fourteen Republicans joined all Democrats to pass the legislation. The bill would revamp America's legal immigration system, vastly increase security resources along the...

1 year 7 months ago

Senate bill paves way for medical marijuana shops

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Thirteen years after Nevada voters legalized medicinal marijuana in the state constitution, they may finally get access to the drug. Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom of Las Vegas presented SB374 to the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday. The bill sets the framework for establishing and regulating medical...

1 year 7 months ago

House OKs bill to require proof of immunization

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The mother of a Middle Tennessee State University freshman who died after contracting meningitis says she hopes legislation headed to the governor for his likely signature will prevent the deaths of other college students. The measure would require incoming students at public higher education institutions to...

1 year 8 months ago

Gov. Hickenlooper signs many bills into law

Governor John Hickenlooper signs 21 bills into law today. This includes a bill for tuition for dropout recovery program students which means students who participate in those programs will receive payment. Plus a bill to promote water conservation of designated ground water. That means there will be safeguards...

1 year 8 months ago

Forum on guns canceled in Pueblo

A group of people who are against increased gun control show up to a forum on guns with State Senator Angela Giron just to find out it's been canceled. A sign on the door said that because she held an impromptu town hall last weekend, today's forum would not be...

2 years 3 months ago

Bill would expand fertility coverage for veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill being considered in the U.S. Senate is aimed at helping wounded veterans start families by expanding coverage for in vitro fertilization. Soldiers with pelvic or spinal cord injuries can have reproductive problems. The Department of Veterans Affairs currently covers some procedures to help veterans conceive,...

2 years 3 months ago

Senate panel OKs $604 billion defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel has approved a $604 billion defense spending bill that reverses proposed Pentagon cuts in Air Force personnel and equipment. The Appropriations defense subcommittee approved the bill by voice vote Tuesday. The measure would provide $511 billion for the base budget and $93.3 billion for...

2 years 6 months ago

Tourism bill brings money to southern Colorado

DENVER (AP) - A hotel project near Denver International Airport and a Pueblo project have been chosen to receive incentives under the Regional Tourism Act, beating out projects in Douglas County, Glendale, Estes Park and Montrose County. Colorado economic development officials said Friday that Gaylord Entertainment's project to build a...

2 years 6 months ago

Civil union bills face last minute drama

DENVER (AP) - Civil unions are close to becoming law in Colorado amid last-minute drama in the Republican-controlled House. The bill is expected to clear a final committee Tuesday to reach the full House for debate and initial vote. The issue divides House Republicans who have a 33-32 voting edge....

2 years 7 months ago

Parents' rights bill passes with a twist

A new bill requiring schools to get parental consent before giving surveys to kids is now on the governor's desk waiting to be signed into law, but the end product is far from the original proposal. Bill supporters wanted written consent before asking kids about things like tobacco and...

2 years 8 months ago

Va governor signs pre-abortion ultrasound bill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed into law a controversial bill that requires women to have abdominal ultrasound exams before undergoing abortions. The Republican governor's signature means the mandate takes effect in July for abortion providers across Virginia. The bill not only sparked protests the past three...

2 years 8 months ago

Bill to create a local business app passes Senate

DENVER (AP) - Senate Democrats approved a measure to create a smartphone application that shows Colorado locally owned businesses. The bill moved from the Senate to the Republican-controlled House Monday on a party-line vote with Democrats voting in favor. Republicans argue the proposal duplicates what the private sector is already...

2 years 8 months ago

Make My Day Better law goes to senate

DENVER (AP) - A proposal to allow Colorado business owners and employees to use deadly force against suspected intruders faces its toughest test yet in the state Senate. Colorado homeowners already have self-defense protections against invaders under the state's "Make My Day" law but Republicans want to expand it to...

2 years 8 months ago

Overdose immunity bill facing trouble

DENVER (AP) - Colorado is debating a proposal to encourage drug users to report overdoses. A bill giving limited criminal immunity to people who report overdoses faces another test Thursday in the Colorado Legislature. Illinois and Washington state already have so-called "911 Good Samaritan" laws giving limited immunity to overdose...

2 years 8 months ago

Withholding wages could be a crime

DENVER (AP) - Withholding wages from an employee could become criminal in Colorado under a bill being debated at the state Legislature. A House committee will consider a "wage theft" bill Tuesday. The bill would make it illegal to withhold wages owed to workers. Employers would not be charged if...

2 years 10 months ago

New bill could ban trans fats in school foods

A new bill before the state Legislature could give Colorado the nation's strictest limits on unhealthy fats in school foods. The bill would make margarine, vegetable shortening and other traditional trans fats off-limits. The ban would apply to school lunches, school breakfasts, a la carte side items and vending machines....

3 years 6 days ago

Congress easily OKs bill for vets, contractors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has overwhelmingly approved a bill helping government contractors and unemployed veterans, finally giving President Barack Obama the chance to sign the first, tiny shred of his $447 billion jobs bill into law. The House consented to the popular legislation Wednesday 422-0 as Democrats and Republicans...

3 years 2 weeks ago

CO lawmakers want lottery ticket for veterans

DENVER (AP) - Two Colorado lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would create a lottery ticket aimed at raising funds for veterans' services. Republican Rep. Marsha Looper and Democratic Sen. Suzanne Williams will be speaking Saturday at the state Capitol about the legislation they plan to introduce when the Legislature...

3 years 5 months ago

Senator targets rental car recalls

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is introducing a bill that would stop car rental agencies from renting automobiles that are under recall for problems that aren't yet fixed. Schumer says the federal law is needed because of serious crashes in recent years involving rental...

3 years 6 months ago

Immigrant tuition bill voted down, again

DENVER (AP) - A Republican-led House panel rejected legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to attend Colorado colleges at the lower in-state tuition rate. Republicans who voted against the bill Monday said it would entice more illegal immigrants to come to the U.S. and provide false to students who...

3 years 7 months ago

State lawmakers telling schools to play

Colorado lawmakers from the House and Senate have reached an agreement on a bill that would require 30 minutes of exercise in elementary schools every day to help combat childhood obesity. "It's a shame that there would need to be legislation requiring something that is so valuable and that...

3 years 8 months ago

Death certificates could list pregnancy

DENVER (AP) - Colorado death certificates for women could soon list whether they were pregnant when they died. The bill says that when autopsies are required for women, the death certificate must list whether the woman was pregnant when she died. The House originally set the requirement for all...

3 years 8 months ago

Civil union bill in for long debate

DENVER (AP) - A same-sex civil unions bill expected before the Colorado Senate has both sides ready for a long debate. The measure has already cleared a committee and was scheduled for debate by the full chamber Wednesday. Both sides expected a long floor debate, though legislators could delay...

3 years 11 months ago

President signs $4.5 billion school food law

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation to provide more lunches and dinners to school children and make those meals healthier. Speaking at an elementary school in the District of Columbia, Obama says the legislation is about doing what is right for America's children and...

4 years 1 month ago

Tips to weatherize your house for winter

With cooler temperatures on the way, you might want to weatherize your house for winter this weekend. Black Hills Energy says you should drain and cover swap coolers, cover your water heater with a thermal jacket and put weather stripping on windows and doors. "These are all things that's an...

4 years 1 month ago

Bill Clinton stumps for Bennet in Colorado

Former President Bill Clinton is pleading with Colorado Democrats to stick with Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, saying that a vote for Republicans would return the nation to dangerous times. About 2,000 people packed a high school gym Monday in northeast Denver to hear Clinton speak in a rally that...

4 years 2 months ago

Contempt case to wrap up against Douglas Bruce

The contempt-of-course case against Colorado Springs anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce is expected to wrap-up Tuesday. There's no word on how long Denver District Judge Brian Whitney will take to decide whether to find Douglas Bruce guilty of contempt. Government lawyers say the father of Colorado's Taxpayers Bill of...

4 years 2 months ago

Gov. Bill Ritter in Pueblo today

Gov. Bill Ritter will visit Vestas Towers plant in Pueblo this morning, where he'll discuss Colorado's leadership in the New Energy Economy. Vestas, maker of wind generators, is hosting more than 100 international investors and journalists for the company's bi-annual Capital Markets Day.

4 years 3 months ago

Governor to slash state budget today

It just keeps getting worse. Gov. Bill Ritter will announce another round of budget cuts on Monday as the state's fiscal emergency continues. The governor has the power to cut up to $75 million from this year's $18.2 billion budget because the state failed to meet a 2...

4 years 3 months ago

House to consider Jobs Bill

House Democrats are convening an emergency session to pass a bill aimed at saving hundreds of thousands of teachers and other public workers from unemployment. The one-day session Tuesday also may address another issue that will be on voters' minds this November - lax border security - with passage...

4 years 4 months ago

Congress sends Obama sweeping Wall Street bill

Congress is sending legislation to President Barack Obama imposing sweeping new regulations on Wall Street and creating new protections for millions of consumers. The Senate passed the massive overhaul Thursday, nearly two years after a financial crisis knocked the economy to its knees.

4 years 4 months ago

House bill would make school lunches healthier

House Democrats are moving forward on first lady Michelle Obama's vision for healthier school lunches, propelling legislation that calls for tougher standards governing food in school and more meals for hungry children. The bill approved by the House Education and Labor Committee Thursday would allow the Agriculture Department to...

4 years 5 months ago

Governor Ritter signs radioactive waste bill

Governor Bill Ritter signed a bill in Canon City Tuesday afternoon to tighten regulations on radioactive waste in Colorado. It requires uranium mills to clean up radioactive waste before accepting more radioactive material. Uranium mills are now allowed to postpone cleanup until they finish production and decommission their facilities....

4 years 5 months ago

Massive education cuts around the country

Deep cuts may be looming for the nation's public school students as budget crises are forcing teacher pink-slips, shuttered classrooms and school program cuts. New York public schools are $500 million short. Illinois will cut 12,600 education jobs and in California 23-thousand teacher layoff notices have already been sent...

4 years 5 months ago

Insurers bracing for Colorado storm claims

Colorado residents and insurance companies are just starting to assess the damage from Wednesday's blast of tornados and thunderstorms, but the bill likely will be big. Carole Walker of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association said Thursday that the larger insurance companies expect the damages to run into the...

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