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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

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