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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

Lawmakers Debating Law Enforcement Oversight Bills

co-state-capitol-300Three bills aimed at expanding oversight on Colorado law enforcement are starting to move through the Senate as the legislative session nears its end. One proposal would encourage the use of officer body-worn cameras through a grant Continue reading

Sage Grouse Protection Act Introduced in House

sage_grouse-300Last week, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) helped introduce the Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act (H.R.1997) in the House. The bill, of which Tipton is an original co-sponsor, seeks to empower state-based sage grouse recovery efforts in lieu of a one-size-fits-all federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing that Continue reading

Bill to Study Snow Tire Issue Hits Governor’s Desk

WINTER-DRIVING-300Colorado lawmakers passed legislation to study whether to require snow tires or chains to drive on a mountainous stretch of Interstate 70 during spring and winter months. The proposal on its way to Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk is a Continue reading

Law Enforcement Recording Bill Passes House

co-state-capitol-300The Colorado House has approved legislation to have law enforcement face civil penalties if an officer destroys or seizes someone’s recordings of a public incident. The bill would require law enforcement to have someone’s consent or a 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

Hash Oil Bill Moves Forward in Legislature

MARIJUANA-300Colorado lawmakers advanced a measure that would make it a felony to use explosive gases to make hash oil at home. The proposal is a response to explosions and injuries resulting from amateur hash oil production. At least 30 people were injured last year in 32 butane explosions involving hash oil, according to the Continue reading

Lawmakers Take Vote on Probationary Pot

MARIJUANA-300House lawmakers gave preliminary approval to allowing medical marijuana use by people on probation or parole in Colorado. Colorado has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years, but not by people on probation or parole. The bill given initial approval on a voice vote yesterday would change that policy so those with Continue reading

Bill in Senate Would Require Medical Pot to be Tested

MARIJUANA-300Recreational pot sold in Colorado must be tested for pesticides and contaminants such as mold and mildew. Oddly, the requirement doesn’t apply to medical marijuana sold to people with debilitating conditions – but a bill debated yesterday in the state Senate would change that. The head-scratching situation of requiring testing of Continue reading