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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
Three bills that became law last week aim to alleviate the high cost of child care in Colorado. The laws, signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on May 22, address a number of financial areas and are a response to Colorado being the fifth least … more
More than $30 million — money earmarked for education that has been sitting idle for four years — will be freed up to help low- and middle-income students pay for college, under a bill that passed the House last week. House Bill 1384 creates … more
Gov. John Hickenlooper said last week that he will be the one who selects the members of a task force that will be charged with finding a compromise on issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing. The governor also addressed concerns on the part of … 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
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