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Background checks spark budget battle

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Democrats and Republicans sparked their first budget battle in the Colorado House on Wednesday, over paying for conceal-carry background checks. Democrats tacked an amendment onto a routine supplemental budget bill for the ...

House approves ‘flex-use’ water bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Several Western Slope lawmakers didn’t get their way Tuesday on a bill that is designed to prevent so-called buy-and-dry tactics on water rights for farms and ranches. While supporters of the measure, HB1038, say it gives ...


Bill to extend season for bear hunting nixed

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Bear hunting season in Colorado won’t be expanded, at least not just yet. Rep. Yeulin Willett, R-Grand Junction, tried Monday to get the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee to alter the state’s ...


Panel kills HOA licensing rollback

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Managers of several homeowner associations in Mesa County and elsewhere across Colorado urged a House panel Monday to roll back some of the regulations the state has imposed on how HOA operators are licensed. But the panel, the ...

Legislature wrestles with campaign finance laws

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A Parker senator is trying to do what former Secretary of State Scott Gessler couldn’t — fix a problem with the state’s campaign finance laws. Under the Fair Campaign Practices Act overwhelmingly approved by ...

Bill would provide tax relief to farmers

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Farmers and ranchers who lose the ability to use their land because of a natural cause won’t end up having to pay higher property taxes under a bill that won approval in a House committee on Wednesday. That potentially ...


Scott-led panel kills bill to aid rural Colorado

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — For all their recent protestations about Democrats allegedly waging a war on rural Colorado, Senate Republicans shot down a bill Tuesday aimed squarely at helping less populated regions of the state still trying to recover from ...

Senate panel votes down Scott’s public trustee bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Being in the majority didn’t help Sen. Ray Scott with a bill Tuesday that could have led to doing away with governor-appointed public trustees. The Grand Junction Republican watched helplessly as the Senate Local ...


Gun control standoff

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It was deja vu all over again in the Colorado Legislature as Republicans in the Senate voted Monday to repeal numerous gun-control laws, while Democrats in the House did the exact opposite. Lawmakers in both chambers considered ...

House panel OKs bill to help communities with tamarisk removal

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A House panel unanimously approved a bill Monday to help local communities get rid of invasive species such as tamarisk and Russian olive trees because they drink up precious water. While it may seem like that’s a good ...

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