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10 months 3 weeks ago

Schools spent $700K in failed lawsuit

DENVER - A legal battle over education funding that dragged on for nearly a decade is finally over. The Colorado Supreme Court struck down a lawsuit Tuesday designed to force lawmakers into spending more on K-12 education. In the 4-2 ruling on Lobato v Colorado , the justices ruled...

1 year 1 month ago

Colo. firearm company in spotlight over gun debate

ERIE, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado company that manufactures firearm accessories has stepped into the spotlight over the gun control debate as state lawmakers consider limiting ammunition magazines. Officials at Erie-based Magpul Industries have told legislators they will leave the state if the pass a bill to ban magazines that...

1 year 2 months ago

School gun bill kicks off CO gun debates

DENVER (AP) - Gun control and violence is up for its first debate of the year in the Colorado Legislature. A Senate committee was scheduled Monday to consider the first gun-related bill of the legislative term. The bill would allow schools to allow employees to carry concealed weapons. Under current...

1 year 3 months ago

GOP business idea dies hasty death in Legislature

DENVER (AP) - A Republican proposal aimed at reducing business regulations has died a hasty death in the Colorado Legislature, where Democrats say the proposal is well intentioned but unnecessary. A Senate committee voted Wednesday to reject a bill that would have required state analysts to prepare "business fiscal impact"...

2 years 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

Specialty license plates causing debate

You've probably seen the specialty Colorado license plates on the road; it doesn't take long to spot a few of them. "There's 119 different options presently," says Tony Anderson; manager for the El Paso County Department of Motor Vehicles office. Along with the traditional green and white, they...

2 years 2 months ago

On jobs, CO lawmakers moving past rhetoric

DENVER (AP) - If there's one thing Colorado's sharply divided Legislature agrees on, it's the importance of jobs. But Democrats and Republicans are now past the speech-making phase of the session, and their differences on how best to go about improving the economy will come to the fore. A House...

2 years 2 months ago

Drilling advances prompt talk of new CO law

DENVER (AP) - New technology is putting oil and gas drills closer to populated areas in Colorado. And it's raising tension in Colorado over who regulates where drilling can be done. Horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing and other advances are allowing energy companies to drill in more populated areas. As a...

2 years 5 months ago

Education cuts hitting home

Classroom in Colorado Springs School District 11 will be empty next week as employees take their two mandatory furlough days this year. Glen Gustafson, D11's chief financial office, says all of the furloughs are happening during Thanksgiving week to minimize the impact on the community. "We know that this...

2 years 11 months ago

Governor signing school bullying bill into law

DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper is hitting the road to sign bills into law, including one that would reduce bullying in Colorado schools. The measure (House Bill 1254) would define bullying, require school districts to develop policies to prevent bullying and provide grants for prevention programs. He...

2 years 11 months ago

Bear hunting bill fails

DENVER (AP) - A bill allowing more time for bear hunting in Colorado has died as this year's legislative session winds down. The proposal was postponed on the House calendar Tuesday. It won't have enough time to pass this year because the Legislature adjourns Wednesday. House Bill 1294 would have...

2 years 11 months ago

State redistricting bill dies

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Democrats have killed the last bill that would have let legislators redraw congressional districts this session. Now it's up to the courts or a costly special session. Congressional redistricting is required every 10 years following the census to ensure voter equality. Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer...

2 years 11 months ago

MMJ bill still alive despite pressure from the Fed

Despite a letter from Denver's U.S. Attorney last week, Colorado legislators are still considering marijuana legislation. House Bill 1043 is in the Senate after passing the House. H.B. 1043 says it's intended to clarify the "Colorado Medical Marijuana Code"; adjusting several regulations for the industry including new licensing requirements for...

2 years 11 months ago

MMJ bill still alive despite pressure from the Fed

Despite a letter from Denver's U.S. Attorney last week, Colorado legislators are still considering marijuana legislation. House Bill 1043 is in the Senate after passing the House. H.B. 1043 adjusts several regulations for the industry including care giver registry requirements. It's seen as a follow-up to H.B. 10-1284 that was...

2 years 11 months ago

Colorado keeping adultery law

DENVER (AP) - Colorado appears likely to keep its unenforced adultery law on the books. A legislative committee in the Colorado House voted Friday to reject a bill repealing that crime. The bill would have eliminated crimes for which marital status is an element, such as adultery. The bill also...

2 years 11 months ago

Redistricting process remains heated

It's something we do every ten years, but that doesn't mean when the time comes around participants are any less contentious. Now with a new population count following the 2010 Census, it's time to redraw Colorado's Congressional District lines to account for population shifts. Legislators will have their chance...

2 years 11 months ago

Lawmakers battle bed bugs

DENVER (AP) - Politics makes strange bedfellows, and so do bed bugs. Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that will repeal Colorado's Bedding Act, which requires that beds be sanitized before they can be resold. The bill is a move to cut red tape. Opponents say improperly renovated mattresses...

3 years 1 week ago

State Senate approves budget cuts

DENVER (AP) - A series of budget cuts in Colorado has gotten final approval in the state Senate. The $18 billion annual budget passed the Senate in a 30-5 vote today, sending the spending plan on to the House. Senators also passed a related bill cutting $250 million from...

3 years 2 months ago

Colorado lawmakers consider restorative justice

DENVER (AP)-Colorado lawmakers will consider whether people accused of crimes should be given a chance to make amends instead of being sent to prison. A bill up for review in the House Judiciary Committee would emphasize the option known as "restorative justice," which favors restitution and encourages a dialogue...

3 years 2 months ago

Bi-partisan town hall meeting in Colorado Springs

A bi-partisan town hall meeting will be held in Colorado Springs this Saturday outlining accomplishments of the 2011 legislative session. The meeting is sponsored by Reps. Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs) and Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs).It will be held at the Penrose Library Carnegie Reading Room, 20 North Cascade Ave.,...

3 years 2 months ago

Senate panel to investigate lawmaker's behavior

DENVER (AP)-A Colorado Senate committee will be appointed to investigate the behavior of a state representative a witness says made "boisterous noise and a lot of hand gestures" during a discussion about redistricting in the Senate after adjournment. Senate President Brandon Schaffer, D-Longmont, tells The Denver Post that the...

3 years 2 months ago

Colorado may bypass approval for organ donation

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado drivers sign up for organ and tissue donation at higher rates than in any other state. But state lawmakers are considering a first-in-the-nation change so that people getting driver's licenses would be presumed organ donors unless they indicate otherwise. The "presumed consent" process has been...

3 years 3 months ago

Colorado lawmakers resume work today

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers have snapped pictures, set up new offices and promised to work together. Now it's time for the real work to begin. When the state Legislature resumes work Tuesday, lawmakers have opening-week speeches and other formalities out of the way. They'll be starting work looking...

3 years 11 months ago

Gavel falls on 2010 Colorado legislature

Colorado lawmakers wrapped up their 120-day legislative session Wednesday by passing a controversial teacher tenure bill and killing a proposal to replace the state's standardized tests with new student assessments. Top accomplishments this year included passing an $18.2 billion budget that dealt with a $1.3 billion shortfall. Lawmakers...

3 years 11 months ago

Colorado lawmakers wrapping up session

Colorado lawmakers are wrapping up their legislative session with several major issues still to be resolved. Bills still to be decided include measures to limit tax breaks for enterprise zones and require teacher evaluations. Lawmakers paid tribute on Wednesday to colleagues who are term-limited, and they also honored...

3 years 11 months ago

State senate legislation would end CSAP testing

The Senate Education Committee has approved legislation to do away with comprehensive student tests and replace them with student assessments. The legislation would end CSAP testing in the ninth, tenth and 11th grades and replace them with what lawmakers say is a more meaningful college readiness curriculum. Educators opposed...

3 years 11 months ago

Colorado lawmakers race to finish work

Colorado lawmakers are in the home stretch as they head toward the end of this year's session on Wednesday. The Legislature still has major issues left on the calendar, including teacher tenure, college finance and senior tax breaks. Republicans and Democrats say this session was about "jobs, jobs, jobs,"...

3 years 11 months ago

Colorado lawmakers want disclosure of donations

Colorado lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require businesses and unions to disclose major campaign donations. Lawmakers acted because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that businesses and unions should be allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money to produce and run their own campaign ads. The Colorado...

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