May 3, 2013 4:00 AM
Gay marriage is now legal in the state of Rhode Island.
That state became the tenth in the nation yesterday to legalize same sex marriages. The governor addressed a large crowd of supporters of the bill in front of the state house, thanking the many individuals who worked to... more »
March 15, 2013 6:22 PM
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... more »
March 2, 2013 5:38 PM
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... more »
February 28, 2013 3:35 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - National Rifle Association President David Keene has told thousands of opponents of New York's new gun control law that his group will help ensure the Second Amendment rights passed down to them will be passed on to future generations. Cheered by the throng that filled the... more »
January 31, 2013 11:43 PM
Imagine getting phone calls and friend requests on Facebook from people across the nation you don't know. After doing some research, you find out your personal photographs are posted on what police are calling "revenge porn" web sites.
It's the new wave of cyber bullying sweeping the nation and... more »
October 17, 2012 7:09 PM
The shooting in Pueblo County last night where a property owner shot a trespasser on Hog Farm Road has raised some questions about the Make My Day law.
We found out what's in the law and when it applies.
The shooting last night happened on private property, but... more »
September 25, 2012 7:21 PM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers have advanced a proposal to tighten standards for controlled burns like one that grew out of control and killed three people and damaged two dozen homes in March. But they are struggling to come up with a figure that addresses how much money the state... more »
July 30, 2012 6:50 PM
President Barack Obama has signed a bill designed to expedite home building and energy development on tribal lands. The law enables tribes to approve trust land leases directly, rather than waiting for approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The Navajo Nation already has that authority. The so-called HEARTH Act... more »
July 22, 2012 6:14 PM
The debate on gun control has become a front burner issue, but Democratic and Republican strategists agree Congress will not take up this issue after the mass shooting in Aurora.
Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff echoes Governor Hickenlooper saying it isn't the weapon, it's the person who usually has... more »
April 4, 2012 9:39 PM
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona lawmaker behind a bill that would make it a crime to post "annoying" or "offensive" comments on the Internet says he plans to revise the proposal amid concerns from supporters that it is unconstitutional. The bill aims to update state telephone harassment and stalking laws... more »
March 27, 2012 8:25 AM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado's improving economy has helped lawmakers avoid the most contentious debate of the year - restoring a suspended property tax break for senior citizens. Lawmakers learned Monday that sunny fiscal projections mean the state won't have to choose between giving a property tax break to seniors or... more »
March 19, 2012 12:28 AM
"I have kidney disease, hardening of the arteries, muscular dystrophy," Anthony Martino says, leaning on his cane. All that and epilepsy, a stroke, and a heart condition make him a candidate for medical marijuana. "I'm totally, 100% disabled."
But the very thing that his doctors prescribed Martino to keep... more »
March 15, 2012 6:48 AM
There will be free cab rides for residents of Colorado Springs and for the first time, Pueblo.
The McDivitt Law Firm is paying for cab rides on Saturday those who celebrate St. Patrick's Day a little too much.
To receive the free ride, all you have to do... more »
March 9, 2012 7:04 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Cartoonist Garry Trudeau says it would have been surprising if there hadn't been pushback against an upcoming series of his "Doonesbury" comic strip that lampoons a Texas abortion law requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion. The national syndicate that distributes "Doonesbury" to... more »
March 7, 2012 4:08 PM
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... more »
March 5, 2012 5:49 AM
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... more »
March 2, 2012 5:09 AM
DENVER (AP) - Female lawmakers in Colorado are donning antique hats and giving out cupcakes to mark 100 years since the election of Colorado's first female state senator. Helen Ring Robinson was elected in 1912 as a Democrat from Denver. Ring was elected was 19 years after women earned the... more »
February 28, 2012 1:42 PM
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... more »
February 23, 2012 3:20 AM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers under pressure from constituents in the months after the Casey Anthony trial have found it's not easy to toughen penalties for parents who don't immediately report missing children.
Seventeen states tried to pass "Caylee's Law" legislation - named after Anthony's 2-year-old daughter whose... more »
February 2, 2012 6:31 AM
DENVER (AP) - Lawmakers will hear testimony on a proposal to allow Colorado business owners and employees the right to use deadly force against suspected intruders. The bill dubbed "Make My Day Better" expands legal protections to businesses. Colorado homeowners already have those protections under a law nicknamed "Make My... more »
January 23, 2012 6:44 PM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado Democrats rejected a proposal to allow concealed weapons without a permit because of concerns that it would remove a safeguard to prevent guns from being used by criminals and the mentally ill. The proposal failed Monday on a party-line 3-2 vote in a Senate committee. A... more »
November 20, 2011 5:29 PM
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A new Colorado law freeing state universities to recruit more international students has prompted schools to begin aggressively courting foreigners who want to study in the United States - and pay higher tuition. The Daily Camera reports that Colorado State University is seriously considering hiring an... more »
November 15, 2011 7:25 AM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado parks and wildlife commissioners have adopted changes in the state's regulations for hunting turkeys, now that the birds' growing numbers are starting to cause problems for farmers and ranchers.
Wildlife officials say that in some spots, large flocks have been heading to cattle ranches, farms... more »
October 9, 2011 5:48 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California has become the first state to make it illegal for teenagers under 18 to use tanning beds.
Gov. Jerry Brown said Sunday that he has signed SB746 into law. It goes into effect Jan. 1. Currently, children 14 and under cannot use tanning beds in... more »
August 7, 2011 1:33 PM
DENVER (AP) - An increase in Spanish speakers could trigger new ballot requirements in 16 Colorado counties.
The Denver Post reports that the county clerks are awaiting federal notification within the month that they must provide election materials in Spanish as well as English, under provisions of the Voting... more »
July 30, 2011 4:05 PM
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he supports ac constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a man and a woman, though just last week he said New York's gay marriage law is fine with him. In an interview Saturday with The Associated Press, Perry said he supports federal... more »
March 23, 2011 11:31 PM
Battle lines are being drawn in Colorado over House Bill 1284 which gives the right to sell full strength beers in convenience and grocery stores. As it stands, those stores can only sell beer that's 3.2% alcohol or lower.
Sean Duffy who represents both King Soopers and Safeway super... more »
March 23, 2011 1:45 PM
DENVER (AP) - An impairment standard for drivers using medical marijuana has won final approval in the Colorado House The House backed the bill on Wednesday, sending it on to the Senate.
The bill sets a blood-content threshold to charge marijuana users with driving under the influence. The bill... more »
March 22, 2011 5:47 PM
A lot of people move to the county for peace and quietness, but until now there weren't any specific laws against loud noises in Pueblo County. Not anymore.
On Tuesday, Pueblo County Commissioners approved an ordinance that states excessive or unusually loud noises are a public nuisance punishable by... more »
March 20, 2011 9:31 AM
DENVER (AP) - The state Senate plans to work tomorrow on a bill that hopes to crackdown on prostitution by creating a statewide network of so-called "john schools." They would be scared-straight-type programs for men who solicit sex from adult prostitutes. Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer says he will also... more »
March 19, 2011 1:24 PM
DENVER (AP) - A new prostitution crackdown in Colorado focuses on customers, not the prostitutes.
The state Senate plans to work Monday on a bill to create a statewide network of so-called "john schools." They would be scared-straight-type programs for men who solicit sex from adult prostitutes.
Democratic... more »
March 6, 2011 7:48 PM
DENVER (AP) - Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated inhalers advertised as a better alternative to smoking because the nicotine is delivered through vapor, not smoke.
Colorado is the latest state considering new limits for e-cigarettes.
While tobacco can't be sold to anyone under 18 in Colorado, there's no legal... more »
March 4, 2011 11:29 PM
Last week's dragging death of tow truck driver Allen Rose had an affect on many; and a big one on Mike Baier, who just couldn't seem to get it off of his mind. He wanted to help.
"I'd like to think that something good can come from every tragedy,... more »
February 9, 2011 12:29 PM
Three Pueblo students are asking for donations that would help newborns who are legally surrendered after birth. They're collecting blankets, pacifiers and other unopened baby items to make care packages for each fire station in Pueblo.
Under the Safe Haven law, a mother can give her infant to a... more »
January 31, 2011 10:27 AM
DENVER (AP)-Colorado has joined four other states in defending a federal law that defines marriage as being a union only between one man and one woman when it comes to getting federal benefits.
The Denver Post reports that Attorney General John Suthers last week signed onto a brief defending... more »
January 22, 2011 11:00 AM
DENVER (AP) - An idea to boost organ donations in Colorado by classifying all applicants for driver's licenses as donors unless they opt out appears unlikely to become law this year.
Democratic Sen. Lucia Guzman tells Denver's KUSA-TV that she's dropping her suggestion that Colorado change to a "presumed... more »
January 16, 2011 12:09 AM
It's a bad habit a whole lot of us are guilty of... starting your car on a cold winter day and walking away. Under Colorado law it's illegal to leave any car idling. But some technology may make doing just that your best bet.
Most remote car starters actually... more »
December 30, 2010 12:07 PM
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada is known for letting just about anything slide, whether it's booze, bets or brothels.
But even here there are limits. It has been OK to smoke pot to treat illness for ten years. But don't think about selling it, even to patients. Lately, federal... more »
December 13, 2010 2:06 PM
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... more »
December 13, 2010 12:43 PM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge in Virginia has declared the Obama administration's health care reform law unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson is the first judge to rule against the law, which has been upheld by two others in Virginia and Michigan. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli... more »
November 26, 2010 3:43 PM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado has set up a committee under a new state law to come up with regulations for medical marijuana production. Colorado hopes to have in place by early next year some sort of labeling and inspection standard for marijuana sold commercially. Committee members say pot consumers deserve... more »
October 25, 2010 7:44 PM
DENVER (AP) - The former deputy director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has been charged with felony embezzlement of public property and two misdemeanors. The Denver Post reports that Peter "Pete" Bramley Mang has been issued a summons. The charges were filed Sept. 22.
The Jefferson County district... more »
October 20, 2010 12:53 PM
The world's oldest profession is now illegal in Pueblo. On Oct. 12, city council passed an ordinance prohibiting prostitution. Although there is a state statute in Colorado prohibiting prostitution, Pueblo hasn't had a city ordinance to address the problem in nearly 30 years.
Now anyone who engages in prostitution... more »
October 20, 2010 12:29 PM
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - President Barack Obama's drug czar says federal officials haven't ruled out taking legal action if California voters pass a ballot initiative to legalize recreational medical use.
Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske is in Southern California on Wednesday for a visit to a... more »
October 13, 2010 7:24 PM
Law enforcement agencies teamed up in Pueblo Wednesday for training in crisis negotiations. The training took place at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. In one scenario SWAT teams and communication workers responded to a mock hostage situation. The training brought together the Colorado Department of Corrections, Pueblo Police and the Pueblo... more »
September 30, 2010 6:32 PM
In Colorado, law enforcement can now collect DNA samples from people who are arrested for a felony. Katie's Law is named after a New Mexico college student who was murdered in 2003. Her parents believe if the killer's DNA had been collected during a previous arrest, he might have been... more »
September 29, 2010 7:20 PM
In Canon City, an off-duty police officer pulls his gun on a couple after a road rage incident. Now the cop is in trouble with the law. Officer William Martinez was allegedly tail-gating the couple in his personal car. The incident happened on Oak Creek Grade Rd. on June 18.... more »
September 22, 2010 7:46 PM
DENVER (AP) - A pot grower won't be allowed to use Colorado's medical marijuana law to fend off federal drug charges. Wednesday's decision by U.S. District Judge Philip A. Brimmer means that Christopher Bartkowicz faces a possible life sentence on federal marijuana cultivation charges.
Brimmer said that suggestions by... more »
September 22, 2010 8:34 AM
President Barack Obama once told Democratic lawmakers they'd be proud to campaign on historic health care legislation. Six months later, the only Democrats running ads about it are the ones who voted "no."
Now, with crucial midterm elections approaching, the White House is preparing to use the law's six-month... more »
September 21, 2010 7:26 PM
Women in law enforcement are getting some valuable training in Pueblo this week. It's called the Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement conference. On Tuesday a group of about 7 women learned how to defend themselves from an attacker with a knife. The conference aims to build their confidence and... more »
September 21, 2010 9:30 AM
Boulder police say they have issued six citations under the city's new public nudity law since it took effect this spring.
The Boulder Daily Camera reports that the latest citation happened early Saturday when a 27-year-old man was accused of showing his genitals to a crowd. A police commander... more »
September 9, 2010 7:57 PM
Living next to a burned down house or property that's neglected can be a homeowners worst nightmare. It can be an eyesore and lower your property value. You can't always make your neighbor do something to fix it, but sometimes you can. Lori Winner is a woman trying to keep... more »
August 31, 2010 8:26 PM
On Monday, police busted two teenagers selling about 150 baby turtles on a street corner in Pueblo. The men set up a stand on the corner of Northern and Pueblo Blvd. Officials say the men were selling a species known as red ear sliders. Ofc. Matthew Ballard says the turtles... more »
August 25, 2010 5:42 PM
Colorado has a new law on car seats and experts will help with the process this weekend at Kohl's University Village in Colorado Springs.
Kohl's will have a "Safety Party" from 1 to 3 p.m. Representatives from Memorial Hospital will be there. The fun includes activities for kids as... more »
August 20, 2010 1:19 PM
At today's memorial service John Ramsey talked about Lou Smit's integrity and faith in God and said Smit never stopped working on JonBenet's murder case. "I had the opportunity to visit Lou a few hours, shortly after he went into hospice and a week before he died," Ramsey told the... more »
August 18, 2010 5:17 PM
DENVER (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Colorado have filed documents preserving their right to appeal a judge's ruling that lying about being a war hero is constitutionally protected free speech.
A notice filed last week with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver gives prosecutors more time to... more »
August 11, 2010 6:15 PM
Safety experts will give instruction this weekend on the proper use of auto booster seats. The law changed in Colorado on August 1, requiring all children under the age of 8 to be in a car seat or booster seat while riding in a vehicle.
In addition to expanding... more »
August 10, 2010 8:51 AM
If you send care packages to a loved on who's deployed in Afghanistan, leave out the tobacco.
A new law meant to stop smuggling by mail has inadvertently also halted care packages that include cigarettes and other tobacco products for American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Prevent... more »
August 6, 2010 8:19 AM
Twenty states and the nation's most influential small business lobby are about to respond to the federal government's attempt to dismiss their lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
The states, the National Federation of Independent Business and several individual taxpayers will file their response Friday. A key... more »
July 30, 2010 9:22 AM
The House has passed far-reaching aviation safety legislation developed in response to a deadly commuter airline crash in western New York last year.
The safety measures were approved without opposition late Thursday, with Senate action expected on Friday.
The bill is an attempt to force airlines to hire... more »
July 29, 2010 4:39 PM
At least three people were arrested after protests regarding Arizona's new immigration law. It went into effect today, but a judge blocked the most controversial parts from taking effect. Demonstrators marched from the state capitol, held a prayer service, then headed to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office. Arizona has... more »
July 29, 2010 8:13 AM
States that had been planning to copy Arizona's new immigration law will have to wait and see what happens in the courts.
The law was set to take effect today, but a federal judge yesterday put most of it on hold. The judge agreed with the Obama administration that... more »
July 27, 2010 8:51 AM
The Weld County commissioners are saying "no" to any new medical marijuana operations or dispensaries in unincorporated parts of the county.
The commissioners voted 5-0 Monday against allowing the cultivation, distribution or sale of medical marijuana. The exception is primary caregivers or patients who were licensed by the state... more »
July 20, 2010 7:37 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill that bans inmates from using or possessing cell phones in federal prisons.
A similar bill already has passed the Senate. Congress is trying to crack down on the smuggling of cell phones into federal prisons, where they can be used... more »
July 8, 2010 9:52 AM
El Paso County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on medical marijuana regulations next week.
The legislature passed a law this year requiring medical marijuana dispensaries to obtain state and local licensing approval and to be in compliance with all local zoning codes. Next week's hearing is the first... more »
July 1, 2010 6:55 PM
A new law is now in effect in Colorado which increases penalties for repeat DUI offenders. It requires a minimum of 10 days in jail for a second DUI offense and 60 days in jail for a third and subsequent DUI offenses. Repeat DUI offenders also face a longer probation... more »
June 21, 2010 7:26 PM
In the wake of a home invasion turned shooting death in Colorado Springs over the weekend, many are asking exactly what the state's "Make My Day" is all about. "Make my day is a little different in that the legislature wanted you to feel safe in your home." says El... more »
June 15, 2010 6:25 PM
A new Hawaii law requires at least 180 school days a year as the state tries to shed its reputation for having the least amount of instructional time in the nation.
Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona on Tuesday signed the law, which was passed in reaction to teacher furloughs... more »
June 11, 2010 2:30 PM
An overhaul of Pennsylvania dog laws has put a serious dent in the state's reputation as the puppy mill capital of the East.
Officials say the 2-year-old law has driven most commercial breeders out of business. Scores of substandard commercial kennels have opted to close instead of comply with... more »
June 8, 2010 5:07 PM
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.... more »
June 8, 2010 8:18 AM
Gov. Bill Ritter has signed a bill to reduce late vehicle registration fees following complaints from owners of trailers and vehicles that got little use.
The new law reduces the penalty for late registration of non-motorized trailers that weigh between 2,000 and 16,000 pounds. Motorists clamored for changes after... more »
May 26, 2010 9:48 AM
Gov. Bill Ritter is signing bills that will improve health care and help prevent injuries.
Bills being signed into law Wednesday include a requirement that children be placed in booster seats while riding in cars. Others track down Medicaid fraud and require that insurance companies cover reproductive services.
... more »