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Liquor laws rule last day of Legislature

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado’s liquor laws haven’t changed substantially since the days of Al Capone and bathtub gin, but that’s all about to change under a bill that cleared the Colorado Legislature on the final day of the 2016 ...

Commission protests 
restaurant license law

By Gary Harmon

New rules that would increase licensing costs for restaurants should be vetoed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Mesa County Commission said. House Bill 1401 takes away local control of restaurant inspections while increasing the costs ...

House Democrats kill ballot measure for transportation

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to turn the state’s hospital provider fee program into a state enterprise wasn’t the only major bill to die in the Colorado Legislature on Tuesday, a day before this year’s session is set to end ...

GOP: Hospital fees under TABOR

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Even though it had near universal support outside of the Capitol, Republicans in a Senate committee Tuesday killed a measure that some had hoped would free up money for schools and transportation without raising taxes or ...


County nervous, 
as ruling’s fallout 
may pinch budget

By Staff

A Colorado Supreme Court ruling has county and municipal officials watching warily as the Legislature deals with how to pay a judgment estimated at $115 million from funds that are shared with local government. Mesa County’s 2016 ...

Gas companies owed refunds worth millions

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The state is on the hook for refunds to oil and gas companies that could reach into the tens of millions of dollars thanks to a recent Colorado Supreme Court decision. As a result, the Colorado Legislature is scrambling in the ...

Commission supports bike trail to monument; Justman votes ‘no’

By Gary Harmon

A plan to build a detached paved trail along Monument Road among other improvements won support from two of the three Mesa County commissioners on Monday. Commissioner John Justman cast a ‘no’ vote on a letter of support for the ...


Bill would give universities greater freedom

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The state’s colleges and universities no longer would have to come before the Colorado Legislature to get approval for large construction projects that they pay for themselves, under a proposed bill. While some in the ...

Tipton favors donors over his constituents, Dem challenger says

By Gary Harmon

Former state Sen. Gail Schwartz, a Democrat, bashed Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Thursday, saying Tipton was giving free rein to a “land speculator from Houston.” Schwartz last month won the Democrat nomination for the 3rd ...

Colorado Senate delays measure on pharmacy choice

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Senate delayed voting on a bill Thursday that would allow Coloradans a choice in what pharmacies they want to use. The delay came primarily from Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, who said he generally likes the ...

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