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CMU, CU leaders press for more state funds

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The state’s colleges and universities have hung in as long as they could in trying to keep tuition costs down for students, two university presidents told a Senate panel Wednesday. But if state officials want them to ...

Panel OKs bill on gifts for seniors

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A Senate committee agreed Tuesday that the elderly shouldn’t have their state Old Age Pension payments reduced just because someone bought them dinner. That’s why the Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously to ...

Bill hikes Colorado tobacco age to 21

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Anyone under the age of 21 no longer would be able to smoke cigarettes under a bill to be introduced into the Colorado Legislature in the coming weeks. The bill, which is to be introduced by Republicans and Democrats, would ...

This Week in the Legislature

By Staff

The first of nine gun bills will be reviewed in a House committee next week, a measure introduced by Fruita Republican Rep. Jared Wright to repeal last year’s mandatory background checks on all gun purchases. ■ Today: The House ...

GOP bills would
 overturn gun laws 
passed last year

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Nine gun-related bills have been introduced into the Colorado Legislature so far, only one of which is expected to have any chance of passing. That’s because that single measure, HB1166, was introduced by Democrats. All ...

Guv skeptical of state-owned firefighting fleet

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper questioned Thursday whether Sen. Steve King’s idea to create a state-owned firefighting aerial fleet is too expensive to justify its benefit. Still, the idea is being considered in conjunction with ...

King set on getting Colorado a fire fleet

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Sen. Steve King plans to try again to get the state to start its own firefighting air fleet. On Friday, the Grand Junction Republican is to introduce a bill requiring the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control to ...

Bill would give wineries production flexibility

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado wineries will be able to package and distribute wine they don’t make themselves under a bill that won approval in a House committee Tuesday. The measure, HB1034, would allow those wineries to add jobs and expand ...

Top Interior officials to visit Craig over sage grouse

By Charles Ashby

Gov. John Hickenlooper is pulling in some big guns in the state’s struggles with federal officials over how to protect the greater sage grouse without hindering economic development. Although it took a bit of cajoling, the governor ...

This Week in the Legislature, Jan. 20, 2014

By Staff

The 2014 legislative session will be entering its second full week, but it starts out with a holiday. ■ Today: Both chambers of the Legislature will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. ■ Tuesday: The Senate ...

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