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Scott: Let counties nix public trustees

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Sen. Ray Scott wants to let county residents decide if the governor should appoint their public trustee or if county treasurers should take over those duties. The Grand Junction Republican introduced a bill last week that would ...


Senate panel OKs water conservation measure

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Although the bill doesn’t actually mandate anything, Republicans on a Senate committee Wednesday voted against it, in part, because they feared it might. Nonetheless, a measure that directs the Colorado Water Conservation ...

John, Teddy Hickenlooper, Nancy E. Rice

Tail wind for 2nd term

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — When Gov. John Hickenlooper first was sworn into office four years ago, the temperature was much colder than it was for his second swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, in reality and metaphorically. On Jan. 13, 2011, when the ...

Hickenlooper not alone among officials sworn in

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper wasn’t the only person to be sworn in to office on Tuesday. Newly elected Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, both Republicans, also officially took over in their ...

This Week At the Legislature: Jan. 12, 2015

By Staff

Gov. John Hickenlooper didn’t give his annual State of the State address last week as is normal practice because of a new interpretation of Colorado law. In years when a governor is being sworn in, that address must be after the ...


State to launch project to integrate physical, mental health care

By Charles Ashby

Colorado health care officials are about to try something bold. Building off of a pilot project started by Grand Junction-based Rocky Mountain Health Plans, the state hopes to fundamentally change the way health care providers address medical ...

State lawmakers will confront issue of taxpayer refunds

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Whether Coloradans will be given a tax refund under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights this year is not yet known, but lawmakers in the Colorado Legislature will consider a bill this year that would affect who receives ...


Both feet forward at Capitol

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Republicans took control of the Colorado Senate for the first time since 2003, while Democrats honored their party’s first woman speaker in the Colorado House on the first day of the 2015 legislative session. As is ...

100-plus bills introduced in new legislative session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Lawmakers introduced more than 100 bills on the first day of the 2015 session, including some that are sure to rankle lawmakers on both sides of the political divide. Republicans, who have more authority in this year’s ...


Lawmakers OK more funds for Ute Museum, 
enough to double size

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Legislature’s Capital Development Committee on Tuesday approved giving the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose the money it needs to complete a long-awaited expansion project. The six-member bipartisan committee ...

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