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Rep. Tipton 
puts forth 
energy bill

By Gary Harmon

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., introduced a measure that already has passed the House twice, only to be stalled in the Senate. The Planning for American Energy Act, H.R. 459, calls for the Interior Department to develop a plan every four ...


Funds sought for expansion project at CMU

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — If all goes as Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster hopes, the school’s next capital construction priority will get the money it needs from the state to expand its health sciences building. Foster, along with ...


Increased severance tax revenue may go toward TABOR refunds

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Municipal League is concerned over what Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to do with severance tax revenue this year. In a letter to the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee earlier this month, the ...

Bill to help areas hit by job loss

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Freshman Sen. Kerry Donovan thinks she’s found a way to help shield small communities from devastating economic losses when their largest employers lay off workers or go out of business. Spurred in part by what happened ...


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 ...

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