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Senator Trying to get Compensation for Communities Affected by EPA Spill

EPA-300U.S. Senator Tom Udall is expected to announce legislation aimed at compensating communities affected by the torrent of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled two Southwestern rivers. The New Mexico Democrat scheduled a conference call yesterday to discuss his plans. His office says the legislation would require water Continue reading

V-A Stripped of Ability to Manage Large Construction Projects

VETERANSThe U.S. Senate has tentatively approved legislation to strip the Veterans Affairs Department of the authority to manage large construction projects after massive cost overruns on a Denver-area hospital. The Senate voted Tuesday to amend a defense bill to give the Army Corps of Engineers management power over VA Continue reading

Governor Signs Bill Making Schools Liable for Violence

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Legislation to allow lawsuits against Colorado schools when there are shootings or other violence was signed into law yesterday by Governor John Hickenlooper. Lawsuits would be limited to $350,000 per victim or $900,000 per incident when there are serious injuries or deaths from violence and the school is accused of negligence. With the law, Colorado will be among Continue reading

State puts Limits on Proxy Marriages

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper has signed legislation to limit Colorado’s unique rules for proxy marriages in which couples are wed with only one of the people present. The new law will limit such marriages to military couples and government contractors. The few other states that allow proxy marriages already have such a rule. Hickenlooper signed the legislation Continue reading

House Passes Bill to Halt EPA Water Grab

WATER CONSERVATIONThe U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Scott Tipton to protect private water rights from burdensome federal regulations under the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ controversial ‘waters of the US’ rule. The Regulatory Integrity Protection Continue reading

Law Changed to Allow Medical Use of Pot on Probation

MARIJUANA-300Legislation allowing medical marijuana use by people on probation or parole in Colorado has been signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper. Colorado has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years, but not by people on probation or parole. The bill signed into law Friday changes that policy so those with Continue reading

Governor Expected to Sign School Violence Liability Bill

co-state-capitol-300Legislation to make Colorado public schools legally liable for student safety awaits the governor’s signature. The state House and Senate agreed yesterday on final language in the bill to allow public schools to be sued for negligence in Continue reading

Legislative Session ends Wednesday

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers face a chaotic three-day stretch of work before adjourning for the year Wednesday with substantial legislation still pending, including more oversight on law enforcement, allowing school-violence victims to Continue reading

Lawmakers Advance School Liability Bill

co-state-capitol-300Legislation to make Colorado public schools legally liable for student safety advanced in a House committee and is headed for debate by the full chamber. Colorado currently includes schools among government entities that can’t be Continue reading

Law Enforcement Recording Bill Passes House

co-state-capitol-300The Colorado House has approved legislation to have law enforcement face civil penalties if an officer destroys or seizes someone’s recordings of a public incident. The bill would require law enforcement to have someone’s consent or a Continue reading

Senate Advances Bill to Repeal Magazine Limits

AR GUNColorado Senate Republicans advanced legislation to repeal a Democrat-sponsored law that limits the size of ammunition magazines in response to mass shootings. The 2013 law that bans the sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds passed when Democrats controlled both statehouse chambers. 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