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Ex-governors defend value of testing

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It was a Colorado governors’ reunion Wednesday when former Govs. Roy Romer and Bill Owens joined current Gov. John Hickenlooper to blast efforts to reduce the number of student assessment tests too much, and the push to ...


Elected surveyors bill dies in Senate

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Despite a change to a bill that could do away with elected county surveyors, a proposed ballot measure failed to get the needed two-thirds vote in the Colorado Senate on Tuesday. As a result, counties will continue to have ...


I-70 chain bill will remain a study

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A conference committee on a measure to require motorists to have adequate tires and chains on Interstate 70 during winter conditions couldn’t agree Tuesday on what to do with the bill. As a result, the measure will remain ...


Bill would give counties say-so with tax districts

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado House gave final approval to a bill Monday that would give counties and other special districts more say-so when it comes to urban renewal authorities created by cities. Under current law, such authorities can use ...


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By Charles Ashby

DENVER — No doubt about it, Rep. Dan Thurlow is conservative, but by how much depends on who’s talking. The freshman Republican is learning that where some people perceive a lawmaker’s left-right views depends entirely on ...


House OKs bill giving contraceptive devices to state’s teenage girls

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Even though there’s no appropriated money for it, the Colorado House on Friday approved a bill to provide intrauterine devices to teen girls to prevent them from getting pregnant. The measure, HB1194, has been ...


Senate panel delays vote on rain-barrel bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Homeowners who use rain barrels are violating state water laws, but a bill discussed in a Senate panel on Thursday would make it OK. Under HB1259, which cleared the Colorado House last month on a 45-20 vote, homeowners would be ...


Guv floats plan to deal with TABOR issues

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper is trying to light a fire under the Colorado Legislature to deal with at least part of the funding issues created under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Problem is, with less than three weeks ...


Wildfire-sensor bill clears House

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The state’s firefighting aerial fleet and its new research center in Rifle may get some help from a bill that won final approval in the Colorado House on Wednesday. Sometime next year, the state’s two new fire ...


Chain bill put on ice by Senate

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Senate on Tuesday turned into a study a bill designed to require all passenger vehicles to have chains and adequate snow tires while on Interstate 70 during adverse winter conditions, earning the ire of the House ...


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