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Legislature begins debate on budget

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Starting this week, the Colorado Legislature will begin debating next year’s proposed $27 billion spending plan, but most of those discussions are expected to center not on what’s in the budget, but how the state ...

Tipton will re-introduce his water rights measure

By Gary Harmon

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., will tweak a previous measure of his to have the federal government recognize states’ water laws, Tipton said Saturday at the Club 20 spring meeting. A measure he plans to carry this Congress will take ...

Overheard at the Club 20 spring meeting ...

By Staff

“When you have one endangered species eating another endangered species, it’s tough to get a win-win,” U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., on problems posed by the Endangered Species Act. “I would question whether we ...

Bill requiring snow tires, chains clears Senate panel

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — All motorists traveling Interstate 70 over the mountains would be required to have adequate tires or chains under a bill that won approval in a Senate committee on Thursday. The measure, HB1173, is designed to help alleviate ...

House panel alters, passes felony DUI bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Concerned that the measure may not pass because of its high cost, lawmakers in a House committee Wednesday altered a popular felony DUI bill to help ensure it becomes law. As it was originally drafted, HB1043 would have made it ...

Bill would require fiscal impact info 
on citizen initiatives

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Some people said a bill in the Colorado Legislature to require fiscal impact statements on proposed citizens’ initiatives, before people sign petitions to put them on the ballot, was an attempt to squelch direct ...

Panel OKs concurrent enrollment bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — High school concurrent enrollment programs aren’t just for students who want to go to college to become doctors or lawyers. Under a bill that cleared a House committee on Tuesday, it also would be for electricians, hair ...

Bill would get nursing moms out of jury duty

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — New mothers who are still breast-feeding their infants would be able to get out of jury service under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Monday. But getting out of that service would only be a ...

With taxpayers due refunds for the first time in a decade, lawmakers mull workarounds

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Legislature has entered Bizarro World. The revenue forecast it received last week confirmed that while the state’s economy is booming overall, and its coffers are overflowing with money, it can’t fund ...

Bill would repeal law allowing more discrimination suits from employees

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Senate gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill repealing a state law that allows employees who work at businesses of 15 or fewer workers to file discrimination suits in state court against their employers. Republicans said the ...

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