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Gov. John Hicklenlooper prepares to sign into law three new bills that will help Colorado prepare for an “unpredictable” wildfire season, as Sen. Gail Schwartz looks on. The governor, along with … more
If last year’s legislative session was an exercise in surrealism, than this year’s version was like a Bob Ross painting. Sure, there were moments of contention this year. But, for the most … more
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed lesislation that will authorize the state to expand its firefighting fleet earlier this week. SB14-164, one of three bills signed into law May 12 at Centennial Airport, will allow the state to buy two fire-spotting … more
Gov. John Hickenlooper said last week that the odds are “50-50” that he could call lawmakers back to the Capitol over the summer for a special legislative session that deals with hydraulic fracking. The purpose of the session would be for the … more
The House last week passed an 11th hour marijuana banking bill, capping an eventful chain of events on that and other pot-related legislation during the final days of the session. With the May 7 passage of House Bill 1398, Colorado is on its way … more
Private-public road construction partnerships moved one step closer to having greater oversight with a bill that passed the House on May 5. Senate Bill 197 is a response to grumblings over the U.S. 36 road construction process, perceived by some as being too secretive. more
An effort that dies every year suffered another death this Legislative session as a Senate committee on May 6 killed a bill that sought to create a felony drunken-driving penalty in Colorado. The bill would have made a person's third DUI in seven … more
A bill that would have created a study of the health impacts of oil and gas drilling on Front Range residents died in a state Senate committee on April 29. The bill — which increased in cost over time — was killed in the Senate Appropriations … more
A bill that would have allowed marijuana to be used as a treatment option for post-traumatic stress disorder failed in a House committee on April 28. House Bill 1364 would have added PTSD to a list of eight other conditions that qualify sufferers for medical marijuana treatment. more
After cruising through the Senate, the House this week put the breaks on a bill that sought to ban red light cameras and photo radar systems in Colorado. The legislation officially met its demise during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on April 30, but the bill sponsor, House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, had pretty much accepted its defeat before it even got there. more
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