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Lawmakers to Ban Using Food Stamps for Pot

MARIJUANA-300State lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can’t be used at dispensary ATMs. A bill facing its first hearing next week in the state Senate would add marijuana businesses and strip clubs to the list of Colorado businesses where public benefits cards can’t be used to withdraw cash. Liquor stores, Continue reading

State May Require Background Checks for Youth Coaches

co-state-capitol-300Colorado is considering becoming the first state to require background checks for people who work for youth sports organizations. The state Senate started work yesterday on a proposal to require background checks for employees to Continue reading

Lawmakers Mulling Right-to-die Legislation

co-state-capitol-300Colorado Democrats are introducing legislation to allow the terminally ill choose when they die, with the help of doctor-prescribed medication. Democrats from the House and Senate announced details of the proposal yesterday, Continue reading

Tipton Says Congress is Actually Working

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300U-S Representative Scott Tipton says Congress is finally starting to move along, now that Harry Reid is no longer the Majority Leader in the Senate. There were 382 House Bills that never made it to the Senate floor in 2014, due to interference from Reid. Tipton says some of those bills are now being reintroduced. He says Continue reading

State Health Exchange May get Review

HEALTH-SYMBOL-300Colorado is poised to give its health insurance exchange a new review. A Senate committee started work yesterday on a bill to order a more thorough audit for the state-run exchange, called Connect For Health Colorado. The audit was a priority for Republicans last year, but the proposal failed amid concerns that the exchange Continue reading

Lawmakers Expanding Rules on Criminal Blood Samples

Co-State-Capital-300A measure to expand the crimes for which defendants must submit blood samples is among the first bills moving forward in the Colorado Legislature. The state Senate voted unanimously yesterday in favor of a bill to require defendants in first-degree assault cases to undergo testing if their bodily fluids come into contact with an Continue reading

State Legislative Update

co-state-capitol-300The first Republican plan to chip away at Colorado renewable-energy mandates gets a hearing Thursday in the Senate. The bill would give electricity providers more credit for rooftop solar panels, a move that would make it easier for Continue reading

Hickenlooper Delivers State of the State Address

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper told lawmakers Colorado faces fiscal challenges in the coming years, but he stopped short of directing them to go to voters to allow the state to keep budget surpluses that must be refunded. Hickenlooper celebrated Colorado’s growing economy during his annual State of the State Continue reading

Legislators Consider Restrictions on Drones

DRONEColorado may join at least 20 other states and regulate the use of drones. A bill pending in the Colorado Senate would require law enforcement to have a warrant before using a drone, formally called an “unmanned aerial vehicle.” Authorities would need a warrant unless there is imminent threat to life or risk of a terrorist Continue reading

Republicans Revisit Gun Laws

AR GUNRepublicans are moving fast to repeal gun-control legislation Colorado Democrats passed two years ago in response to mass shootings. The GOP hopes they’ll have the momentum necessary to succeed with more members at the statehouse. Among the first bills introduced when the legislative session started Continue reading

Several Bills Introduced on Opening Day of State Legislative Session

Co-State-Capital-300After legislative leaders outlined their broad priorities in opening remarks yesterday, legislators introduced the first batch of bills for the 2015 Colorado legislative session. The proposals give more specifics about what Continue reading

Tipton Will Focus on Job Growth and Creation

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton stressed that local economic growth and job creation remain at the center of his focus as he was sworn into the 114th Congress yesterday. Tipton, who ran a small business for over 30 years, is beginning his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 113th Congress he passed five pieces of legislation through the House, all with bipartisan support, two of which were signed into law. He Continue reading