Tag Archives: Colorado Senate

Lawmakers Crack Down on Unregulated Marijuana Growers

MARIJUANA-300After years of trying and failing to make it harder to grow large amounts of pot without paying taxes, the Colorado Senate has given unanimous preliminary approval to a crackdown on unregulated marijuana growers. A bill that won unanimous approval yesterday would require people who grow more than 99 plants for medical Continue reading

Lawmakers Require Snow Tires in Winter

WINTER-DRIVING-300The Colorado Senate has approved a bill requiring winter drivers to have snow-appropriate tires during winter months on the state’s mountain highways. The bill would require all motorists without four-wheel drive to Continue reading

Lawmakers Remove Teacher Penalties in Standardized Tests

co-state-capitol-300The Colorado Senate has voted to remove teacher penalties when students skip statewide standardized tests. The Senate voted 28-7 for a bill to stating that teachers and school districts shouldn’t be penalized when students opt out of Continue reading

Republicans Vote to Repeal Magazine Limits

AR GUNA bill to repeal limits on the size of ammunition magazines has cleared the Colorado Senate with three Democrats joining every Republican in passing the proposal. The state Senate passed the measure on a 21-13 vote yesterday. The victory for Republicans was no surprise. However, the Democrat-led House is expected to quickly Continue reading

Cyberbullying Bill Headed for Approval

cyberbullyA bill to crack down on cyberbullying appears headed to approval in the Colorado Senate. The bill would make cyberbullying a misdemeanor harassment charge punishable by as much as $750 in fines and up to six months in county jail. The bill has already passed the Democratic House. It was approved 5-0 yesterday in the Continue reading

Pro-Fracking Measure Passes State Senate

frackingRepublicans in the Colorado Senate advanced a pro-fracking measure Friday that makes a statement in advance of a Continue reading

Senate Votes to Allow Concealed Carry Without Permit

GUNThe Colorado Senate has approved a bill that would allow adults 21 and over to carry a concealed, unloaded gun without a permit. The proposal is a priority for Republicans newly in charge of the Senate. But the measure faces certain defeat in the Colorado House, which is still controlled by Democrats. The bill would Continue reading

Bill to Ban EBT Cards at Dispensaries Moves Forward

MARIJUANA-300A bill to clarify that public benefit cards can’t be used at marijuana dispensary ATMs cleared its first hurdle in the Colorado Senate. A Senate committee advanced the proposal yesterday on a 3-2 vote with Democrats in opposition. They’re concerned the bill could adversely impact legitimate use of the public benefit cards. The bill Continue reading

Bill Would Encourage Spending Lottery Proceeds on Bike Trails

Bicycle 32A recreational bike trail from Wyoming to New Mexico is a goal set by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. A proposal before the Colorado Senate could play a part in that goal. The Senate Finance Committee started work yesterday on a bill to encourage Parks and Wildlife and local governments to spend a portion of the net lottery Continue reading

Senate to Take up Same-sex Unions

civil-union-3001The Colorado Senate is headed for a showdown over same-sex unions. A Democratic senator has proposed a bill to smooth Colorado’s transition from civil unions to same-sex marriage equality. The measure would answer questions like: Do Continue reading

Colorado Republicans Take Control Of State Senate

Ballot-300Republican Representative Bob Rankin has retained his seat as the District 57 State Representative. Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties are in Rankin’s district. Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush took the District 26 State Representative seat. Routt County is in the 26th District.  Democrats are projected to Continue reading

Ebola Outbreak Gets Political

ebolaThe Ebola outbreak is becoming a subject of debate in the Colorado Senate race. It began last week at a debate in Pueblo. Democratic Senator Mark Udall attacked his Republican challenger for voting to cut $300 million from the Centers for Disease Control, which is charged with containing the disease in the United States. On Continue reading