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1 year 8 months ago

Trading for marijuana: Is this legal?

Marijuana users are getting creative when it comes to getting their hands on pot. They're using web sites like Craigslist to trade merchandise for marijuana. Plug in "marijuana" on Craigslist and a laundry list of postings will appear. People are looking to trade anything and everything from cell phones...

2 years 5 months ago

Not so special session ends

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers wrapped up a special session Wednesday with little to show for returning to work. It was an extraordinary session, with quite ordinary results. The Legislature convened its first special session since 2006 on Monday. Lawmakers were called back to Denver by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper,...

2 years 6 months ago

CO lawmakers enter final month

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers are entering their final month of the 2012 session with plenty left to do - but without the caustic atmosphere one might expect in the closing days of an election year. The state's divided Legislature has until May 9 to balance the budget and make...

2 years 8 months ago

Concealed carry controversy

On one hand, NRA instructor Paul Paradis is a staunch constitutionalist. "You don't have to pay the government to carry a gun whether it is concealed or not," he said. But on the other hand he also said, "Part of having that privilege is getting appropriate training." ...

2 years 8 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 9 months ago

Teachers could see changes to tenure

DENVER (AP) - New teacher tenure rules proposed for Colorado are getting their first review by state lawmakers who asked for them. A House-Senate panel is meeting Monday afternoon to look at the proposed four-tier review standards for teachers. The state board of education approved the new evaluation standards to...

2 years 11 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...

3 years 5 months ago

Tax amnesty bill likely to be signed

DENVER (AP) - People and businesses behind on their taxes could get a chance this fall to make things right without facing penalties. A bill awaiting likely approval by Gov. John Hickenlooper would create a tax amnesty from Oct. 1 to Nov. 15 to let taxpayers settle amounts they owe...

3 years 5 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...

3 years 5 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...

3 years 5 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...

3 years 5 months ago

Legislature entering the final stretch

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's first divided Legislature in a decade is limping toward the finish line with plenty of topics to settle before the final gavels fall Wednesday. The biggest obstacle facing the Democratic Senate and Republican House is congressional redistricting, a process required every 10 years to adjust...

3 years 5 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...

3 years 5 months ago

Colorado Legislature limps toward finish line

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's first divided Legislature in a decade is limping toward the finish line with plenty of topics to settle before the final gavels fall Wednesday. The biggest obstacle facing the Democratic Senate and Republican House is congressional redistricting, a process required every 10 years to adjust...

3 years 5 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 5 months ago

Adultery may no longer be a crime in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers have taken a step toward repealing laws that make adultery illegal. A bill approved by a Senate committee Tuesday would repeal all crimes for which marital status is an element. That would include adultery. The bill also repeals the crime of "promoting sexual immorality."...

3 years 6 months 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 6 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 7 months ago

Trouble brewing over state beer laws

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...

3 years 7 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 7 months ago

Lawmakers to meet with Bent County officials

DENVER (AP) - State lawmakers are scheduled to meet with officials from a southeastern Colorado city to discuss the possible closing of a prison that residents say will damage the area's economy. The Joint Budget Committee will meet with Bent County officials this afternoon to hear their concerns as...

3 years 7 months ago

Gun bill drawing lots of discussion

Lines are being drawn over State House Bill 1205. The bill would make it legal for people to carry a gun without a permit. The bill has already passed the State Judiciary Committee by a vote of 8 to 3. Annmarie Jensen with the Colorado Association of Police Chiefs...

3 years 8 months ago

Angela Giron to host meeting

State Senator Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) will preside over a town hall meeting in Pueblo on Saturday at 10 a.m. The event will happen at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave. Hear about senior safety and fraud prevention from Det. Pat Heine of the Pueblo...

3 years 8 months ago

Marijuana rules changing in Colorado

DENVER (AP)-Colorado has nation's most detailed pot law, but state lawmakers are cracking open last year's sweeping medical marijuana rules to make some changes. Marijuana patients are already complaining. They say lawmakers aren't considering changing some rules most hated by the industry-including increased surveillance of pot shops and a...

3 years 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago

Colorado GOP vows to stick to principles

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Republicans are vowing not to abandon their principles after taking control of the House after six years of Democratic rule. Today, when 100 state lawmakers take their oaths of office, Democrats will control the Senate and Republicans will control the House. With the controlling party...

3 years 10 months ago

Students bear brunt of state budget deficit

Parents in Colorado may want to start putting more money into their kids' college fund. Almost all of the universities and colleges in our state are considering double digit tuition increases next year to overcome cuts in state funding. Jill Brake of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education worries...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Colleges bracing for lower state funding

Colorado colleges are bracing for lower state funding next year and some are drafting alternative plans to raise tuition by more than 9 percent. Rico Munn, director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, said Wednesday colleges may have their state funding cut from $705 million this year to...

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