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State lawmakers spent more than four hours on March 13 debating an issue they have no control over. House Democrats argued in favor of a resolution to support an increase in the federal minimum wage, an economic policy debate that is currently … more
An effort to ban most cell phone uses while driving failed in a House committee on March 12. The bill would have prohibited motorists from talking on cell phones unless they were using hands-free devices. The legislation also would have created … more
The second half of the legislative session will be best summed up by an overused 1990s catch phrase. “Show me the money.” While lawmakers spent quite a bit of time working on flood legislation during the first half of the session, the real … more
A Senate committee on March 5 rejected a bill that sought to impose legal penalties in cases where employees try to cheat on company-mandated drug tests. The Republican-sponsored effort had previously passed the House, but Democrats on the … more
Ride-sharing service companies will be subject to state regulations — but not to as strict a standard as are traditional taxi services — under a bill that passed the Senate on March 10. Transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft … more
Low-income families who struggle to pay for child care could get some relief, under a Democrat-sponsored bill that cleared its first legislative hurdle on March 5. But Republicans on the House Finance Committee called the effort a “Band Aid” … more
A Democrat-sponsored bill that aims to provide more access to affordable housing in Colorado passed the House on March 4, following a party-line vote. Democrats see the bill as an overdue piece of … more
State Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada, is hoping to lend a hand in turning around struggling schools, through a bill that is making its way through the Legislature. “We see this as an important issue that needs to be addressed right away,” … more
Cigarette sales to persons under 21 would be illegal under a bipartisan bill that is making its way through the Legislature. But whether the measure becomes law is another story as the effort is certain to receive push back from members of the … more
Legislation that would prohibit minors from using tanning beds passed the House on Feb. 27. But the bill is hardly guaranteed to pass the Senate — it passed the House by a 33-31 vote, with four … more
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