Politics

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Bill to change campaign fines gets initial OK

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rep. Dan Thurlow’s attempt to change to how elected officials are fined for violating minor campaign finance reporting errors won preliminary approval in the Colorado House on Thursday. Under current law, if an elected ...


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Bill would pave way for driverless vehicles

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — They won’t be taking over the roadways anytime soon, but when there are more driverless vehicles motoring around, the Colorado Legislature wants to be ready. That, at least, was part of the point behind a bill that won ...


Change coming to roads measure

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Expected changes were made to a bill Wednesday to raise sales taxes to pay for road projects, and more are likely. The sponsors of the measure, House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat ...


Legislature OKs larger payments for people wrongly sent to prison

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A year after former Grand Valley resident Robert Dewey was exonerated in a murder case that kept him imprisoned for 18 years, the Colorado Legislature in 2013 passed a law to compensate people who were convicted of crimes they ...


Records bill advances in Senate

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Senate made a few more tweaks Tuesday to a bill designed to help bring more accountability to government agencies. The measure, SB40, would require state and local governments to provide public documents in ...


GOP kills measure to change TABOR

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Instead of increasing taxes — as another proposal working its way through the Colorado Legislature would do to pay for transportation projects — a solitary Republican tried to persuade his fellow GOP senators Monday ...


Bill would bar camps in state for internees

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Democrats in the Colorado Legislature want to make sure that the state plays no part in any effort to intern or otherwise target residents based on their religious affiliation or ethnicity. While the measure clearly is aimed at ...


Drilling setback rule may change

By Dennis Webb

A newly introduced bill in the state Legislature would change Colorado’s 1,000-foot minimum setback requirement between schools and oil and gas facilities so that it applies to a school’s property boundary rather than the building ...


Bills aim for transparency in campaign funding

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — House Democrats want to do something about the influence of money in elections. Led by House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, three freshmen Democrats introduced four bills Wednesday designed either to limit money in certain ...


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Panel votes to ease PERA income limits

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Despite opposition from the state’s largest public employees retirement plan, a House committee Wednesday approved a bill designed to help rural parts of the state recruit more teachers. Under current law, restrictions on ...


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