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Lawmakers Consider Allowing ATVs on County Roads

atv-300Lawmakers are set to consider whether to allow off-highway vehicles on county roads next year. Lawmakers approved a bill last week after a similar effort failed in the state Legislature earlier this year. The bill would require county clerks to provide a one-time registration program for ATV Continue reading

Delays in Issuing Drivers Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

Illegal-Immigration-300Colorado immigrant advocates say there are long delays in a new program to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. A coalition of immigrant rights groups announced this week they would be pressuring lawmakers to open more offices to issue the specialized driver’s licenses and identification cards to people who have snuck Continue reading

EPA Spill Bigger than First Thought

EPA-300It turns out, the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s mishap at Gold King Mine is bigger than originally thought. The EPA now says about 3 million gallons of toxic mine water was released into Cement Creek. That’s about three times the amount the agency previously said. The water reportedly contains arsenic, lead and other Continue reading

State Panel Looking at Teen Depression

CDPHEA Colorado panel looking at how to prevent school violence started work by hearing alarming data about rates of depression among teenage students. Data presented to the panel yesterday showed about 25 percent of middle and high school students reported being depressed for at least two weeks in 2013. That’s Continue reading

Federal Plans Draw Negative Response

sage_grouse-300Lawmakers and others are speaking out against the plans submitted by the U.S. Forest Service and BLM that are intended to keep the Greater Sage Grouse off of the Endangered Species List. Congressman Scott Tipton, Senator Cory Gardner, and Western Energy Alliance all issued statements regarding the plans yesterday Continue reading

Hickenlooper Latest to Send Letter to Jewell over ColoWyo

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper is the latest to send his thoughts to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell regarding the recent decision against the Office of Surface Mining that is threatening to shut down ColoWyo Coal Mine. A federal judge ruled the mine’s latest expansion project did not gather enough public input on the environmental impacts of the project, which took place eight Continue reading

Hickenlooper Defends Human Services Department

cdhsColorado’s governor is defending the embattled Department of Human Services to state lawmakers who have complained that the agency that oversees child welfare needs a new direction. Governor John Hickenlooper sent a four-page response to the 84 state lawmakers who wrote him earlier this month to point out “disturbing Continue reading

Lawmakers End Legislative Session

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers concluded work for the year well in advance of their midnight deadline. But the final hours weren’t without the usual legislative drama and touching farewells. The Senate concluded work on a student-testing Continue reading

Lawmakers Can’t Agree on Drone Surveillance Limitations

DRONEColorado lawmakers gave up their efforts to put new limits on drone surveillance. The Senate voted Tuesday to ax the last surviving measure of the year to limit drones. Sponsors say they couldn’t find a way to limit surveillance without trampling on free speech rights or the ability of law enforcement to carry out investigations. This Continue reading

Lawmakers Hope to Finish Standardized Testing Bill Today

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers are close to agreement on one of the most vexing problems of the term – how to reduce standardized tests for students in public schools. Legislators have been debating various plans to reduce student tests for months. Continue reading

Legislature Addressing Proxy Marriages

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers are advancing legislation to restrict the use of proxy marriages in the state, a holdover from the Vietnam War designed to allow deployed soldiers marry to their sweethearts. Colorado’s proxy marriage law Continue reading

Lawmakers to Debate Fetal Homicide Bill

co-state-capitol-300With less than two weeks to go, lawmakers are scrambling like they do every year to finish all their work before the legislative session ends May 6th. In what’s expected to be one of the most emotionally charged debates of the session, Continue reading