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The one thing that everyone of any political stripe can agree on when looking back at the 2013 legislative session is that a whole lot happened. The furious pace lasted 120 days. But the political and policy impact of last year’s session will be … more
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Another gun battle took center stage at the Capitol on Feb. 3, as a Senate committee rejected a Republican effort to undo a key Democrat-backed gun measure from last year. Testimony on a bill that … more
Democratic state lawmakers have drafted legislation aimed at making college a little less expensive. Last week, the College Affordability Act became the first bill to be introduced in the Senate … more
Gun control advocates say they were not taken aback by recent comments by Gov. John Hickenlooper that initially indicated a back-pedaling of his support for a key piece of gun legislation from last year. “Words are one thing, but I'm … more
A bill that would create a governmental process that deals with workers' claims of wage theft cleared its first legislative hurdle on Jan. 22, a year after similar legislation failed. The issue can affect those who work in contract labor … more
As someone who covers the state Legislature, it's common for me to write about lawmakers who fight like cats and dogs. Yeah, yeah, I get it. Legislators will tell you that more than 90 percent of bills are passed with bipartisan support. No … more
Attempts to scale back implementation of increased rural renewable energy mandates suffered another set of defeats at the Capitol this week. Two Republican-sponsored bills that would have either lowered the bar on new energy standards on rural … more
The room erupted in whoops and cheers as Jane Barnes took the stage. She even received a standing ovation by fellow party constituents. Barnes, former member of the Jefferson County Board of Education, is the GOP pick for the state house … more
A bill that cleared a legislative committee on Jan. 30 is one that is certain to make Fido and Mittens happy. Senate Bill 39 would allow emergency medical responders to provide medical care to house dogs and cats. Medical personnel responding … more
The Democrat-majority state House passed a $23 billion budget on March 28 that will increase funding for education, aid flood and wildfire victims, and will bolster reserves by stashing away millions in “rainy day” dollars. But only one … more
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