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Lawmakers Set up Program for Farmers Wanting Hemp Seeds

HEMPAn effort to help Colorado’s new hemp farmers find seeds that produce hemp and not marijuana is advancing in the state Legislature. A bill approved 35-0 yesterday would set up a “certified seed” program through the state Department of Agriculture. 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

Minimum Wage Bill Fails

MINIMUM WAGEA Democratic effort to allow cities to raise the minimum wage in Colorado has failed in the state Legislature. A GOP-controlled Senate committee voted 3-2 yesterday not to allow local governments to set wages above the statewide Continue reading

Lawmakers Debate Fetal Homicide Bill

co-state-capitol-300A long-anticipated Colorado bill inspired by the case of a woman accused of cutting open the belly of a pregnant woman and removing her unborn baby girl has been introduced in the state Senate. The bill would make the killing of a fetus a Continue reading

Lawmakers Grappling Over Police Oversight

co-state-capitol-300Several Colorado bills to give police more oversight are running into opposition at the Legislature. A Colorado House committee changed course Thursday on a bill to order police departments to repay people wrongfully charged Continue reading

Legislature Approves New Tire Chain Rules

co-state-capitol-300A bill to require all motorists in Colorado to use snow tires or chains during snowy months on Colorado’s major mountain highway has passed its toughest test in the state Legislature. The Senate Transportation Committee voted 5-0 for Continue reading

Legislature Moves Forward with Ban on Palcohol

palcoholA powdered alcohol ban is advancing in the state Legislature, though sponsors insist the ban is more of a “time-out” to figure out how to regulate a product that doesn’t exist yet. The Senate voted 28-7 yesterday for a bill to ban the sale of a Continue reading

State Could Pay More for Local Food in Schools

SCHOOL FOODA Colorado bill to spend about $5 million to put more local produce in school cafeterias has passed its first test at the Colorado Legislature. But the bill passed narrowly after complaints that it takes money away from classroom instruction. The bill sets up a grant program to make Colorado the 17th state to chip in grant money in addition to federal programs to help get more locally grown foods on Continue reading

State Launches Marijuana Education Campaign

MARIJUANA-300The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched a media campaign to educate Colorado adults and visitors about safe, legal and responsible use of retail marijuana. The campaign, “Good to Know,” focuses on retail marijuana laws and health effects, including the ban on use in public places, age restrictions, DUI 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

Lawmakers to Tour Marijuana Dispensaries

MARIJUANA-300A marijuana industry group is taking Colorado lawmakers on a tour of some Denver dispensaries to show them how the pot business works. The tour is sponsored by a new industry group called the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. They’ll be loading up a handful of lawmakers this afternoon to tour some dispensaries and see how Continue reading