Politics

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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 ...


Native American mascot bill nearly killed

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to require public schools that use Native American names and images to get approval from a new state panel almost died on Tuesday. That happened when San Luis Valley Democrat Ed Vigil said he would join Republicans in ...


House approves mascot measure

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Central High School in Grand Junction would be one of the schools that could be required to justify why it uses an image of a Native American and the word “Warriors” as its mascot under a bill that won preliminary ...


This week at the Legislature, April 13, 2015

By Staff

DENVER — Now that the House and Senate have completed putting their tweaks on the state’s budget, the Joint Budget Committee will take it back to iron out any differences between the two, eventually returning the budget to the two ...


Measure would lop two years off time for home defect suit

By Charles Ashby

Homeowners would have less time to file a lawsuit against builders for a construction defect to their homes under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Thursday. Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, said he introduced ...


Bill to raid severance taxes clears Legislature

By Charles Ashby

It is fiscally irresponsible for the Colorado Legislature to take $20 million in severance tax money to help balance the state’s $27 billion budget, House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso said Thursday. That money, the Loveland ...


Senate committee 
axes bill to ban gay conversion therapy

By Charles Ashby

A Senate committee killed a bill Wednesday that would have barred mental health professionals from engaging in gay-to-straight conversion therapy for Coloradans under the age of 18. The controversial therapy, sometimes also called reparative ...


Voters reject beltway; approve cable option

By Amy Hamilton

A majority of Grand Junction voters aren’t interested in a tax override and going into debt to create a western beltway. A measure to do so failed Tuesday with 62 percent of voters shooting down the idea. It failed by 6,984 votes with ...


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