Tag Archives: Colorado lawmakers

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

Lawmakers Defeat Right-to-Die Legislation

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers rejected a proposal to let terminally ill patients choose when they die with the help of doctor-prescribed medications. Lawmakers on a House committee Friday voted against the proposal 8-5 after about 10 hours of Continue reading

Lawmakers Move Bill to Ban Red Light Cameras Forward

TRAFFIC CAMERASpeeding and red-light cameras would be banned under a measure from Colorado lawmakers. The proposal faced its first vote in a House committee yesterday. The idea has been pitched before but has failed despite bipartisan support. Law enforcement opposes the bill, Continue reading

Lawmakers to Tour Marijuana Dispensaries

MARIJUANA-300A marijuana industry group is taking Colorado lawmakers on a tour of some Denver dispensaries to show them how the pot business works. The tour is sponsored by a new industry group called the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. They’ll be loading up a handful of lawmakers this afternoon to tour some dispensaries and see how Continue reading

Lawmakers Consider Banning Traffic Cameras

TRAFFIC CAMERAColorado lawmakers will take another look at banning speeding and red-light cameras. It’s an idea that has had bipartisan support but that municipalities and law enforcement staunchly oppose. Critics of the cameras call them revenue generators that don’t improve public Continue reading

Colorado Residents May Get Refunds Early

DOLLAR-SIGN-#3Colorado lawmakers may have to refund money to taxpayers sooner than they initially expected. Refunds are a sign of a growing economy. But it also means lawmakers will be restricted in how much money they’ll be able to keep and spend under Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, also known as TABOR. State economists giving Continue reading