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This Week in the Colorado Legislature

co-state-capitol-300Legislators begin discussions this week on a package of bills aimed at increasing oversight on law enforcement and curbing their powers. In all, legislators are considering nearly a dozen bills on the topic. The first few will be heard Wednesday Continue reading

Lawmakers Consider Relaxing Ban on Rain Barrels

co-state-capitol-300Backyard rain barrels are illegal in Colorado – but they’re widely used, and state lawmakers are considering changing the law to allow them. A bill that won preliminary approval in the state House Friday would allow homeowners to use up to two Continue reading

Lawmakers Compromise on Program to Give Illegal Immigrants Drivers Licenses

licenseA Colorado program that lets illegal immigrants get driver’s licenses will be operational in three locations around the state instead of one under a deal struck by lawmakers. The compromise agreed to yesterday gives the state Department 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

Democrats Refuse Parental Control Bill

co-state-capitol-300Democrats yesterday killed a Republican bill giving parents broad authority over their children’s school curriculum and medical treatment. The measure would have allowed parents to exempt their children from “any Continue reading

Hickenlooper Threatens Vetoes on Both Sides of the Aisle

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Colorado’s governor has firm words for lawmakers entering the second half of the legislative session. He hinted yesterday that he’s not sold on measures coming from both parties. Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper told reporters that he doesn’t support repealing a limit on ammunition magazines. That’s a priority for Continue reading

Democrats Reject Freedom of Religion Bills

co-state-capitol-300Colorado Democrats rejected two proposals to shield religious organizations and individuals from discrimination complaints when gays are denied service. HB 1161 would have prevented individuals and companies, like Masterpiece Continue reading

Democrats Expected to Vote Down Republican Energy Bill

co-state-capitol-300Democrats are expected to vote down a GOP plan to lower Colorado’s renewable energy mandates. A bill to lower the mandates has passed the Republican state Senate and had its first hearing in a House committee yesterday. That committee Continue reading

Democrats Trying to Expand Worker Leave Activities

co-state-capitol-300Democrats want to expand the types of school activities for which parents are able to leave work. Currently, employers with more than 50 workers have to allow up to 18 hours of leave annually for employees to attend school activities 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

Lawmakers to Debate Pensions, Juvenile Shackling, and Vets

co-state-capitol-300Still to come this week in the Colorado Legislature, lawmakers worried about shackles and restraints used on juvenile offenders want to change such policies in judicial districts. A proposal up for its first hearing in a House Continue reading