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Lawmakers to Ban Using Food Stamps for Pot

MARIJUANA-300State lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can’t be used at dispensary ATMs. A bill facing its first hearing next week in the state Senate would add marijuana businesses and strip clubs to the list of Colorado businesses where public benefits cards can’t be used to withdraw cash. Liquor stores, Continue reading

State Health Exchange Repeal Bill Fails

HEALTH-SYMBOL-300Legislation to repeal Colorado’s benefit exchange stalled at the Capitol on Thursday after the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee killed House Bill 1066 by a 7-6 vote. Sponsored by Representative Janak Joshi, the bill would have required the dissolution of Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s online marketplace Continue reading

Beauprez Joins Steamboat Institute

BEAUPREZThe Steamboat Institute has announced that Bob Beauprez has joined its Board of Directors. Beauprez is a Colorado native, buffalo rancher, author, former dairyman and Member of Congress. In 2002, Beauprez was elected as Continue reading

State May Require Background Checks for Youth Coaches

co-state-capitol-300Colorado is considering becoming the first state to require background checks for people who work for youth sports organizations. The state Senate started work yesterday on a proposal to require background checks for employees to Continue reading

Health Exchange Will be Scrutinized

HEALTH-SYMBOL-300Colorado’s new Republican senate majority passed two bills out of the Senate this week to increase scrutiny of executive bonuses at Colorado’s ObamaCare exchange and require a performance audit of the struggling organization. Senate Bill 15-019 sponsored by Senator Sonnenberg passed out of the Senate on a Continue reading

Booming Pot Industry Could Mean Big Refunds for Coloradans

MARIJUANA-300Colorado’s marijuana experiment was designed to raise tax revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may give some of the money directly to residents. The voter-approved constitutional amendment requires Colorado to pay back taxpayers when the state collects more than the limit in a formula based on inflation and Continue reading

Lawmakers Mulling Right-to-die Legislation

co-state-capitol-300Colorado Democrats are introducing legislation to allow the terminally ill choose when they die, with the help of doctor-prescribed medication. Democrats from the House and Senate announced details of the proposal yesterday, Continue reading

Judge Bars Government from Requiring Companies to Cover Birth Control

HEALTH-SYMBOL-300A federal judge has barred the government from requiring three companies in Colorado to provide certain kinds of contraception under the federal health care law. The order yesterday cites last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement. Yesterday’s order Continue reading

Tipton Seeks to Improve Health Care Access for Veterans

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) is working to advance a measure in the House of Representatives to ensure that veterans living farther than a 40 mile drive from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare facility are able to receive and use Veterans Choice Cards to access alternative care providers closer to home. Continue reading

Lawmakers Consider Banning “Palcohol”

palcoholColorado lawmakers will consider whether to ban powdered alcohol before the product arrives in stores. Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont have already banned the product, which is pending approval from federal Continue reading

State Senators Reject Lowering Credit Cap Limits

co-state-capitol-300 Colorado senators have overwhelmingly rejected an effort to reduce finance charges on some credit cards. The Democratic bill failed 6-1 in a Senate committee yesterday. The measure would have capped finance charges on credit cards from Continue reading

State Still Recovering from Poor Economy

economyColorado’s overall income grew more than 6 percent between 2009 and 2012, but nearly half of that new money went to the wealthiest 1 percent of Coloradans. That’s according to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. They say in 2012 the state’s top 1 percent took home nearly 27 times more than the bottom 99 percent. They Continue reading