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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

Lawmakers to Ask Voters to Keep Pot Tax Surplus

MARIJUANA-300The final numbers are in, and Colorado owes its residents some $58 million in pot tax refunds. But state lawmakers started work yesterday on a proposal to ask voters if the state can keep the money. Colorado’s constitution requires new taxes to be refunded when overall tax collections exceed growth limits. The refund requirement is Continue reading

Bill in Senate Would Require Medical Pot to be Tested

MARIJUANA-300Recreational pot sold in Colorado must be tested for pesticides and contaminants such as mold and mildew. Oddly, the requirement doesn’t apply to medical marijuana sold to people with debilitating conditions – but a bill debated yesterday in the state Senate would change that. The head-scratching situation of requiring testing of Continue reading

Lawmakers to Address Marijuana Concentrates

MARIJUANA-300Lawmakers worried about explosions caused by people trying to make homemade hash will begin debate on a bill addressing the topic. Under the proposal, people without a license to make marijuana concentrates would face felony charges if they used flammable gases in the attempt. Last year, there were 32 explosions and Continue reading

Lawmakers Determining Refunds for State Residents

co-state-capitol-300Lawmakers are working on the state budget this week. One sign of Colorado’s improving economy since the Great Recession is the state is collecting enough tax revenue that they have to issue refunds under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. The Continue reading

Lawmakers Working on State Budget

co-state-capitol-300Colorado’s budget constrictions mean that they’ll have to refund about $58 million from the new pot taxes- even though the taxes were approved by voters. Expect lawmakers to propose a ballot measure after the budget passes to ask voters to Continue reading