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Health cost study stirs little interest

By Charles Ashby

Some Front Range Republicans don’t like the idea of doing a study to see why some parts of the state have higher health care premiums than others. That’s because they are in regions of the state with relatively lower premiums ...

Legislature takes up jobs, dogs, aliens

By Charles Ashby

The terms “alien” and “illegal alien” will remain in state statutes now that a Senate committee has killed a bill to remove those references. Without debate and no testimony against it on Monday, the Senate State, ...


Republican to join race for Sen. Bennet’s seat

By Gary Harmon

National and economic security are the twin pegs on which he is anchoring his campaign for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, said Jon Keyser, a former state legislator. Keyser, a Montrose native, said he was dismayed by the vote ...

Have respect for tribes, urges panel on mascots

By Charles Ashby

Schools that use Indian symbols as their official mascots should make sure they are not derogatory to Native Americans, a governor’s commission examining the issue said Monday. After five months of examining the use of such mascots, the ...

Ex-guv, legislators clash over water bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Former Gov. Bill Owens is trying to block a measure in the Colorado Legislature that would change the rules on how groundwater rights are handled, and two local lawmakers aren’t happy about it. Calling Owens a ...


House approves bill to allow patients 
a pharmacy choice

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to allow Coloradans to go to any pharmacy they choose instead of one designated by their insurance carrier narrowly cleared the Colorado House on Thursday. While proponents of HB1361 said it was a no-brainer to give ...

Bill would extend whistleblower protections to local government workers

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Cities, counties and school districts would be subject to the same whistleblower laws that apply to state workers under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado House on Wednesday. The measure, HB1078, mandates that ...

Bill would strengthen rules 
on school board candidates

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Candidates for school boards across the state would have more stringent rules when it comes to filing their campaign finance reports under a proposed measure. Under current law, such candidates are required to file reports ...

‘Totaled’ car 
bill argued
 in the House

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Vehicles that were once deemed totaled by an insurance company but kept on the roads by their owners would see their car titles labeled as such under a bill that won preliminary approval in the House on Tuesday. While the ...

Bill would allow students to take medical pot on school grounds

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Students who are using medical marijuana would be allowed to use it on school grounds under a bill that won approval in a House committee Monday. The measure, HB1373, doesn’t exactly make mandatory a permissive law that ...

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