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House gives initial nod to provider fee enterprise

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Transportation and education would see more funding, and raided severance taxes would be repaid, if the Colorado Legislature approves a bill to turn the state’s hospital provider fee program into a state-run ...

Work on Clean Power Plan to continue

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The state will continue to work on a plan to reduce carbon emissions despite a U.S. Supreme Court stay on the controversial U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Under a bill that a Colorado House ...

County to sue over drainage fees

By Gary Harmon

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, joined by Mesa County, is to seek an injunction halting the Grand Valley Drainage District from collecting stormwater fees. The suit is to be filed as soon as possible, Diane Schwenke, president ...

Panel kills Scott’s groundwater appeals bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to prevent new evidence from being presented in groundwater rights appeals got caught in a legislative maelstrom Tuesday from which it can’t return. After more than two hours of public testimony, most of which was ...

Keyser 86 signatures shy of qualifying for GOP primary ballot

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Jon Keyser, a Republican candidate hoping to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in his re-election bid, failed to get enough signatures to qualify for the June primary. Keyser, who was once seen as the Republican ...

Ninth-grade testing won’t be optional

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill that would have given school districts the option of having an assessment test for ninth-grade students died on the floor of the Colorado Senate on Monday. Supporters of the measure, SB5, said since the federal ...

‘Notarios’ deception target of measure

By Charles Ashby

A bill designed to protect immigrants from people claiming to be immigration attorneys or experts in immigration law is working its way through the Colorado Legislature. The measure, HB1391, is part of a national effort aimed at stopping what ...


Bill could allow killer, Mangum, path to parole

By Gabrielle Porter

The passage of a proposed bill in Denver that would retroactively do away with life sentences for first-degree felons who committed crimes while underage might mean that a man who committed a grisly double murder in Clifton 20 years ago could ...

Bill would nix ‘felon box’ for job seekers

By Charles Ashby

Employers would no longer be allowed to have a box on their initial job application forms asking if someone had been convicted of a felony under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado House on Friday. While Democrats said the ...


Regional Center plan
gets initial approval

By Charles Ashby

Making sure the current residents of the Grand Junction Regional Center are taken care of will drive what happens next to the aging facility under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Friday. Numerous senators made ...

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