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Dems Propose More Funding for Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Residents

licenseColorado Democrats are setting the stage for a big fight with Republicans over funding for a program that lets immigrant drivers get a license regardless of their legal status. The latest development in the dispute came yesterday when House Democrats used their majority to give initial approval to add $166,000 for program Continue reading

Lawmakers Advance Bill to Ban Palcohol

palcoholLegislation to put the sale of powdered alcohol on hold in Colorado advanced in the state Senate as lawmakers grapple with how to regulate a product that’s not in stores yet. The product called Palcohol is still awaiting federal approval. It Continue reading

Sexual Assault Bill Moving Through Senate

co-state-capitol-300Sex assault victims would be able to undergo forensic evidence collection without reporting a crime under a measure pending in the Colorado Legislature. The state Senate gave unanimous bipartisan support yesterday to the bill. It would Continue reading

Lawmakers Call on Obama to Approve Keystone

KEYSTONELawmakers are calling on President Obama to sign the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation. Senator Cory Gardner released a statement to the president yesterday, making a case for the pipeline. Gardner says he’s excited that the bill passed with bipartisan support in the House and Senate. He says the project will “create Continue reading

Lawmakers Propose Withholding Severance Tax Funds from Non-Participating Counties

oil-and-gas-drilling-300Republicans peeved at cities and counties that have put limits on oil and gas drilling have proposed punishing them by withholding tax revenue they get from drilling, called severance tax. A proposal for punitive action against local Continue reading

Republicans Pushing for Education Changes

co-state-capitol-300Colorado Republicans are using their new power in the state Legislature to push through conservative proposals to change public education – but many of the proposals stand little chance of becoming law. From private-school tax Continue reading

Lawmakers Revisiting Gun Laws

AR GUNColorado Republicans are revisiting the contentious debate over gun control with more political power in the state Legislature. But the GOP’s new majority in the Senate doesn’t guarantee that their attempts to roll back gun restrictions will succeed, since Democrats who passed the laws in 2013 still control the House. As 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

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

Lawmakers Expanding Rules on Criminal Blood Samples

Co-State-Capital-300A measure to expand the crimes for which defendants must submit blood samples is among the first bills moving forward in the Colorado Legislature. The state Senate voted unanimously yesterday in favor of a bill to require defendants in first-degree assault cases to undergo testing if their bodily fluids come into contact with an Continue reading

Hickenlooper Delivers State of the State Address

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper told lawmakers Colorado faces fiscal challenges in the coming years, but he stopped short of directing them to go to voters to allow the state to keep budget surpluses that must be refunded. Hickenlooper celebrated Colorado’s growing economy during his annual State of the State Continue reading

Republicans Revisit Gun Laws

AR GUNRepublicans are moving fast to repeal gun-control legislation Colorado Democrats passed two years ago in response to mass shootings. The GOP hopes they’ll have the momentum necessary to succeed with more members at the statehouse. Among the first bills introduced when the legislative session started Continue reading