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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 Retain Rain Barrel Ban

rain barrelColorado’s only-in-the-nation ban on backyard rain barrels is sticking around for another year. The state Senate moved yesterday to reject a bill to allow homeowners to use up to two 55-gallon rain barrels. The maneuver was a late-evening vote to delay the bill, meaning it won’t make it to the governor’s desk before lawmakers conclude 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

Senate Committee Limits Secret Science by EPA

EPA-300A Senate committee voted yesterday to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using ‘secret science’ to back its regulations. The vote in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee came after the GOP-controlled House repeatedly approved the bill. It previous was stalled in the Democratic-majority Senate. Continue reading

Lawmakers Reject Homeless Rights Bill

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers have said no to a bill that would have outlined rights that homeless people have in public. A House committee voted 8-3 yesterday to reject the so-called “Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights.” The measure would have Continue reading

Lawmakers Vote Down Maternal Warnings at Pot Shops

MARIJUANA-300A Colorado proposal to require marijuana shops to post warnings for pregnant and nursing women has been rejected by Republicans who considered the requirement unfair. A bill to require the stores to post maternal warning signs had the support of some Republicans and the state Health Department. But a Senate committee voted 5-4 Continue reading

Bill would Give States Limited Control over Federal Lands

co-state-capitol-300Colorado Republicans are joining GOP colleagues in other Western states trying to exert more control over federal lands. The state Senate gave preliminary approval yesterday to a bill giving state and local authorities so-called “concurrent Continue reading

Gun Laws Debated Monday

AR GUNRepublicans got their last chance of the year yesterday to change Colorado’s firearm laws. Lawmakers considered several proposals, including two bills to eliminate gun-control measures passed by Democrats in 2013. The GOP-controlled Senate has already passed legislation to repeal a 15-round limit on Continue reading

Democrats Vote to Allow People to Claim False Gender

Co-State-Capital-300A bill to allow transgender people to change the gender listings on their birth certificates without undergoing gender-reassignment surgery has won initial approval in the Colorado House. The bill would also allow people to have their original birth certificates sealed, instead of having them marked to say that the gender has been changed. 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

Builder Liability Reduction Being Considered in Legislature

co-state-capitol-300The Senate may vote this week to approve bills reducing builder liability for defective construction by reducing the amount of time homeowners have to sue, and by putting new limits on lawsuits from Home Owner Continue reading

Lawmakers Consider Relaxing Ban on Rain Barrels

co-state-capitol-300Backyard rain barrels are illegal in Colorado – but they’re widely used, and state lawmakers are considering changing the law to allow them. A bill that won preliminary approval in the state House Friday would allow homeowners to use up to two Continue reading