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Guv spares no ink, as he signs bills into laws

By Charles Ashby

The 2015 session of the Colorado Legislature may be over, but the job of legislating isn’t, as Gov. John Hickenlooper continues to sign bills enacted over the 120-day session. Over the past week, the governor toured parts of the Western ...


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Bill addresses ‘tale of two states’

By Charles Ashby

It will take many months before the benefits of a bill signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday will bear fruit, but state and local officials are hopeful that will be the result — and soon. The bill the governor came to Grand ...


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Guv to sign tax-friendly bill in GJ

By Charles Ashby

Gov. John Hickenlooper will be on the Western Slope over the next few days to sign bills enacted during the 2015 session of the Colorado Legislature that ended last week, and talk about other issues facing the region. Among them is to be a ...


TABOR throws big wrench into legislative deals

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — This year’s session of the Colorado Legislature addressed some significant issues, but many of them didn’t survive the 120-day session that ended last week. Those that came up short include funding for contraception ...


Final day: Testing,
 consumer advocates

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The final day of the Colorado Legislature saw some last-minute compromises and one game of chicken. The compromise came when lawmakers agreed on just how to reduce the number of student assessment tests that have become so ...


Tax-friendly bill clears Legislature

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Despite what turned out to be widespread support, it still took somewhat of a Herculean effort to get the Colorado Legislature to approve a measure Wednesday designed to help rural parts of the state recover their ...


Fewer debatable bills at end of 2015 Legislature session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — As the final day of the 2015 session begins today, lawmakers have a few less contentious measures to worry about. On Tuesday, a Senate panel nixed an idea to turn the state’s hospital provider fee used to fund health ...


Ballot changes being discussed in Legislature

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado voters would be able to see the fiscal impact of any proposed citizen’s initiative before they sign petitions to put measures onto the ballot, under a bill that won approval in the Colorado House on Monday. The ...


Senate gives tax-friendly bill initial nod

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill designed to help rural areas of the state recover from the recent recession as Front Range cities have saw more changes made to it in the Colorado Senate, which then gave it a preliminary thumbs-up on Monday. Instead of ...


Not too late to legislate, but close

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — With only three days left in the 2015 session, Colorado lawmakers still have a full slate of heady issues to tackle. Those ideas range from economic development bills for rural Colorado to consumer matters to what to do long ...


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