Tag Archives: Senate

Tipton Questions Witnesses on Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton underscored the impractical nature of the federal government’s proposed listing of the Greater Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act. During the House Committee on Natural Resources hearing on “Empowering State Management of Greater Sage Grouse,” witnesses Continue reading

Congress Unhappy With Progress of Over-Budget Denver VA Hospital

VETERANSCongressional leaders say the future of the over-budget Denver VA hospital is unclear because the Veterans Affairs Department hasn’t come up with an acceptable plan for funding it. In a statement yesterday, the chairmen of the House and Senate veterans committees also criticized the VA for not punishing those Continue reading

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 Can’t Agree on Drone Surveillance Limitations

DRONEColorado lawmakers gave up their efforts to put new limits on drone surveillance. The Senate voted Tuesday to ax the last surviving measure of the year to limit drones. Sponsors say they couldn’t find a way to limit surveillance without trampling on free speech rights or the ability of law enforcement to carry out investigations. This Continue reading

Lawmakers Hope to Finish Standardized Testing Bill Today

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers are close to agreement on one of the most vexing problems of the term – how to reduce standardized tests for students in public schools. Legislators have been debating various plans to reduce student tests for months. Continue reading

Governor Expected to Sign School Violence Liability Bill

co-state-capitol-300Legislation to make Colorado public schools legally liable for student safety awaits the governor’s signature. The state House and Senate agreed yesterday on final language in the bill to allow public schools to be sued for negligence in Continue reading

Democrats Reject Measure to Protect Unborn Children

co-state-capitol-300Democrats rejected a Republican measure to create a new crime of fetal homicide in response to an attack last month on a pregnant woman in Longmont. Democrats who rejected the bill on a 6-5 party-line vote yesterday said the measure’s Continue reading

Lawmakers Trying to Secure Pay Raises

pay raiseColorado lawmakers are hustling during the term’s final days to dramatically raise the pay of elected officials, including themselves. A bill to hike the salaries of statewide elected officials and state lawmakers passed the Senate late yesterday on an unrecorded voice vote. The bill has to pass the Senate in a more formal recorded vote before heading to the House. The bill hikes the pay of 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

Lawmakers Debate Limits on Drone Bill

DRONEColorado lawmakers are scrambling to find agreement on a bill to limit drone surveillance. Several efforts to create the state’s first legal parameters for drone usage have fallen short this year. But one measure pending in the Senate may survive. The bill would allow civil penalties for drone surveillance in areas where Continue reading

Lawmakers Take Different Approach to Red Light Cameras

TRAFFIC CAMERAA group of Colorado senators is frustrated by the slow pace of a House bill to ban cities from using red-light enforcement cameras. So they’re forwarding a rival measure to compel towns to get voter approval to keep the cameras. The Senate is scheduled to vote this week on the bill, Continue reading

Bill Allowing Pot Use on Probation Hits Governor’s Desk

MARIJUANA-300A Colorado bill to allow medical marijuana use by people on probation or parole is on its way to the governor’s desk. Colorado has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years, but not by people on probation or parole. A bill that passed the senate 34-1 yesterday would change that policy so those with permission to use marijuana for medical Continue reading