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Dems Propose More Funding for Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Residents

licenseColorado Democrats are setting the stage for a big fight with Republicans over funding for a program that lets immigrant drivers get a license regardless of their legal status. The latest development in the dispute came yesterday when House Democrats used their majority to give initial approval to add $166,000 for program Continue reading

Pro-Fracking Measure Passes State Senate

frackingRepublicans in the Colorado Senate advanced a pro-fracking measure Friday that makes a statement in advance of a Continue reading

Lawmakers Advance Bill to Curb Cyberbullying

co-state-capitol-300Bullying on social media would be penalized with a misdemeanor harassment charge and possible jail time with a bill approved by Colorado House lawmakers. The proposal passed the chamber yesterday on a bipartisan 43-22 vote. But some Continue reading

Senate Votes to Allow Concealed Carry Without Permit

GUNThe Colorado Senate has approved a bill that would allow adults 21 and over to carry a concealed, unloaded gun without a permit. The proposal is a priority for Republicans newly in charge of the Senate. But the measure faces certain defeat in the Colorado House, which is still controlled by Democrats. The bill would Continue reading

Lawmakers to Debate Pensions, Juvenile Shackling, and Vets

co-state-capitol-300Still to come this week in the Colorado Legislature, lawmakers worried about shackles and restraints used on juvenile offenders want to change such policies in judicial districts. A proposal up for its first hearing in a House Continue reading

Republicans Propose Parents Bill of Rights

co-state-capitol-300Colorado Republicans say parents need more control over their children’s school curriculum and medical treatment, and they’ve advanced what they call a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” with their newfound majority in the Senate. The Senate Continue reading

Lawmakers Propose Withholding Severance Tax Funds from Non-Participating Counties

oil-and-gas-drilling-300Republicans peeved at cities and counties that have put limits on oil and gas drilling have proposed punishing them by withholding tax revenue they get from drilling, called severance tax. A proposal for punitive action against local Continue reading

Senate Pushes Through Repeal of Rural Energy Mandates

co-state-capitol-300Colorado Republicans have pushed one of their top priorities through the Senate, to roll back renewable energy mandates for rural areas. But the final vote yesterday doesn’t yet mean that rural utilities will need less energy from Continue reading

Lawmakers Advance Bill to Make Multiple DUIs a Felony

DONT-DRINK-DRIVE-300Repeat DUI offenders in Colorado will face tougher penalties under a bill advanced by lawmakers. Colorado is among five states where DUI offenders face only misdemeanor charges even after repeated convictions. Lawmakers want to change that so people convicted of driving drunk will face felony charges with their fourth Continue reading

Legislature has Busy Week Ahead

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers have a packed fourth week of the 2015 legislative session. Republicans have tried and failed to pass a law making repeat DUIs a felony. This year, the effort has the backing of Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper. A bill Continue reading

Booming Pot Industry Could Mean Big Refunds for Coloradans

MARIJUANA-300Colorado’s marijuana experiment was designed to raise tax revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may give some of the money directly to residents. The voter-approved constitutional amendment requires Colorado to pay back taxpayers when the state collects more than the limit in a formula based on inflation and Continue reading

State Senators Reject Lowering Credit Cap Limits

co-state-capitol-300 Colorado senators have overwhelmingly rejected an effort to reduce finance charges on some credit cards. The Democratic bill failed 6-1 in a Senate committee yesterday. The measure would have capped finance charges on credit cards from Continue reading