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No snow tires or chains? Ticket, please

By Charles Ashby

Motorists who fail to have adequate treads on their tires or carry chains could face tickets and fines under a bill that won approval in a House committee on Wednesday. The measure, HB1173, is aimed at preventing motorists with bald tires and ...

Voter ID bills killed 
in House committee 
on party-line vote

By Charles Ashby

Republicans pulled out all the stops Wednesday, but still couldn’t persuade a Democratic-controlled House committee that requiring photo identification cards to register to vote was a good idea. In the end, six Democrats on the ...

House committee OKs rural-grant program

By Charles Ashby

A House panel approved a bill Tuesday designed to help the most economically stressed rural areas of the state. The measure, HB1177, would create a new three-year, $3 million grant program in the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to help ...

This Week in the Legislature, Feb. 16, 2015

By Staff

DENVER — Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate have spent much time killing bills by minority party members in recent weeks, and this week is likely to be no exception. A House committee is ...



By Charles Ashby

Former Sen. Steve King’s legal woes haven’t ended despite his conviction on criminal corruption charges last month. The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission on Friday voted to launch an investigation into how the Grand Junction ...

Legislative panel OKs energy bills

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Two committees in the Colorado Legislature approved dual bills Wednesday aimed at energy efficiency and boosting renewable energy programs in public schools. One measure, HB1132, would create a new state income tax credit for ...

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 ...

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