Tag Archives: Colorado lawmakers

Governor Signs Snow Tire Study into Law

WINTER-DRIVING-300Colorado lawmakers will study whether to require snow tires or chains to drive on a mountainous stretch of Interstate 70 during spring and winter months, under a bill Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law yesterday. Continue reading

Lawmakers Trying to Secure Pay Raises

pay raiseColorado lawmakers are hustling during the term’s final days to dramatically raise the pay of elected officials, including themselves. A bill to hike the salaries of statewide elected officials and state lawmakers passed the Senate late yesterday on an unrecorded voice vote. The bill has to pass the Senate in a more formal recorded vote before heading to the House. The bill hikes the pay of Continue reading

Legislative Session ends Wednesday

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers face a chaotic three-day stretch of work before adjourning for the year Wednesday with substantial legislation still pending, including more oversight on law enforcement, allowing school-violence victims to Continue reading

Lawmakers Debate Limits on Drone Bill

DRONEColorado lawmakers are scrambling to find agreement on a bill to limit drone surveillance. Several efforts to create the state’s first legal parameters for drone usage have fallen short this year. But one measure pending in the Senate may survive. The bill would allow civil penalties for drone surveillance in areas where Continue reading

Lawmakers Reject Homeless Rights Bill

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers have said no to a bill that would have outlined rights that homeless people have in public. A House committee voted 8-3 yesterday to reject the so-called “Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights.” The measure would have Continue reading

Lawsuit Bill Intended to Curb School Shootings

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers have advanced a plan intended to reduce school shootings by making public schools legally liable for student safety. The approval of the Republican-controlled Colorado Senate came after an emotional debate Continue reading

Hash Oil Bill Moves Forward in Legislature

MARIJUANA-300Colorado lawmakers advanced a measure that would make it a felony to use explosive gases to make hash oil at home. The proposal is a response to explosions and injuries resulting from amateur hash oil production. At least 30 people were injured last year in 32 butane explosions involving hash oil, according to the Continue reading

Lawmakers to Hold School Liable for Violence

Co-State-Capital-300Colorado lawmakers are advancing a bill to make schools liable for shootings and violence. A bill that won approval 4-1 in its first test yesterday in a state Senate committee is a response to school shootings. Among the bill’s main supporters are the parents of Claire Davis who was killed in 2013 at Arapahoe High School. The bill waives Continue reading

Lawmakers Approve State Budget

Co-State-Capital-300Colorado lawmakers gave preliminary approval to the state’s $25 billion budget for next year. The state’s spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1st reflects an improving economy. The budget has about $70 million set aside for surplus tax refunds required under Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. TABOR Continue reading

House Committee Votes to Study Expansion of Black Bear Hunting

black-bearColorado lawmakers have rejected a proposal to expand the black bear hunting season – but they’re moving ahead with a measure asking state wildlife authorities to study the matter. A House committee voted unanimously yesterday to order Colorado Parks and Wildlife to study Colorado’s Continue reading

Lawmakers Adjusting Investor Requirements

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers have agreed to expand investment in private start-up companies by sending the governor a bill to expand the pool of potential investors. A bill approved by the Senate yesterday would make Colorado at least the 15th Continue reading

Mineral Owners Could get Compensation from Anti-Fracking Governments

frackingMineral owners would get compensation from local governments that restrict fracking under a bill being considered by Colorado lawmakers. Whether more regulations over fracking are needed is expected to be one of Continue reading