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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 ...

Jobs, small business atop list of issues for Colorado Legislature

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rural Colorado needs some love. That, at least, is what Democrats in the Colorado House and Senate said this week and will lead their agenda as the Colorado Legislature kicks off the 2015 legislative session today. Their theme ...

Tipton urges stronger Iran sanctions

By Gary Harmon

The Obama administration needs to discourage nuclear ambitions in Iran rather than threaten sanctions against Israel, said U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Talks with Iran have been extended seven months after no agreement had been made. At ...


Newcomers assigned to legislative panels

By Charles Ashby

The Grand Valley’s two newcomers to the Colorado Legislature received at least one committee assignment they wanted, and another they didn’t expect. Because of his business acumen, and his interest in helping boost the economy ...

Border states sue Colorado over legal pot

By Charles Ashby

The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s recreational marijuana law. The two attorneys general, Jon Bruning of Nebraska and Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma, filed ...

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