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Former Senator Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

steve kingA former state senator accused of falsifying time sheets for work at a sheriff’s department and a university has pleaded guilty to embezzlement. The district attorney’s office added in a statement that Steve King also pleaded guilty Friday to official misconduct. He was a senator, former sheriff and the Republican nominee for Mesa County Sheriff when he committed the crimes at jobs he held when the legislature was not in session. He dropped out of the sheriff’s race amid Continue reading

Lawmakers Reject Tuition Hike Cap

Tuition-300A measure to permanently cap tuition hikes at Colorado’s public colleges and universities has been rejected in the state Legislature. The Senate Education Committee voted 5-4 on party lines yesterday to reject a bill to extend the current 6 percent hike cap indefinitely. The defeat was a Continue reading

Parks and Wildlife to Gather Input on Strategic Plan

colorado parksColorado Parks and Wildlife will seek public input on a strategic plan to set goals and guide the agency’s operations for the next three to five years. The agency said Monday it will hold public meetings, but the schedule hasn’t been announced. Parks and Wildlife manages state wildlife, more than 340 parks and wildlife areas Continue reading

Jackalope Bill To Be Considered By Wyoming Legislatators

If the Jackalope should be declared Wyoming’s official state mythical creature, is just one of over a hundred bills that will be on the agenda for elected officials when the Wyoming Legislature’s general session kicks off tomorrow for a two-month long session. It addition to the lighthearted Jackalope declaration, dozens of serious bills will be considered. Continue reading

Lawmaker Prepare to Revisit Medical Marijuana Rules

MARIJUANA-300Just as Colorado is settling in for a second year of recreational marijuana sales, state lawmakers have some big decisions to make about its older cousin, the medical marijuana market. The state’s medical-pot regulations are due for automatic renewal in 2015. That means that all the rules about growing, processing and selling medical pot Continue reading

Colorado’s Suicide Rate Remains High

SUICIDE PREVENTIONColorado continues to have one of the highest suicide rates in the nation, but a new state commission has begun to tackle the problem. The state Legislature created the Suicide Prevention Commission to identify statewide priorities and partnerships in suicide prevention. Commissioners from across Colorado met for the Continue reading

Marijuana Edibles Bill Passes Senate

MARIJUANA-300The Colorado Senate passed the marijuana edibles bill which includes a mandate for rules on how edibles look in order to prevent accidental ingestions.  The bill requires edible marijuana products to be marked with a standard symbol, indicating that the product contains marijuana and is not Continue reading

Lawmakers Set to Wrap Up Education Funding Before Session Ends

school-fundingLawmakers have only three more days to get things done during their 120-day session. They have a lot of things to finish before the final gavel hits before midnight Wednesday.  Before they wrap up for the year, lawmakers still have to pass one of the most crucial pieces of legislation they decide annually: How to fund public schools. This year, with extra Continue reading

Lawmakers to Decide on Marijuana Bills by Midweek

MARIJUANA-300It’s safe to say marijuana is an issue Colorado lawmakers will be dealing with routinely for the foreseeable future – and this year is a perfect example of that. Before they go home, lawmakers still have to decide on whether to allow a banking co-op for recreational marijuana businesses, and if there Continue reading

Wildfires and Revenge Porn Still to be Addressed During Session

FIRE DROPLast year’s destructive wildfires and historic flooding meant lawmakers had to come up with ways to address the consequences. Two big-ticket items include a nearly $20 million proposal to fund a state-owned firefighting fleet to Continue reading