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Mark Ferrandino, Bob Gardner

Legislature adjourns: Bills with local impact altered

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Legislature ended the 2014 session Wednesday amid some rancor, only some of which was between political parties. Because time had run out, Rep. Jared Wright was dismayed that he was forced to recede from changes ...

King blames ‘liberalism’ for death of DUI felony bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Even though it passed four committees and overwhelmingly cleared the Colorado House, a Senate committee killed a bill Tuesday that would have made it a felony for getting three or more DUIs. On a party-line vote on the ...

Bill either leads to loss of water or it doesn’t

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Depending on who’s doing the talking, a bill that won final approval in the Colorado Legislature on Monday either could take away some people’s water rights or do nothing of the kind. The debate was over SB23, which ...


Wright crossways with GOP

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rep. Jared Wright doesn’t care what the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce thinks about a bill he’s backing on uranium mining. The Fruita Republican is co-sponsoring a bill with a Boulder Democrat, Rep. KC ...

Child predator
 crackdown goes 
to Hickenlooper

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill to create a Jessica’s Law in the state, but Republicans there took one last attempt at trying to put their mark on it. The measure, HB1260, imposes minimum ...

Legislators kill bill to ban cameras at red lights

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill that would have outlawed the use of cameras to nab people who run red lights was gutted, and House Speaker Mark Ferrandino thinks it will stay that way. The Denver Democrat is the House sponsor of SB181, a controversial ...

Republican Waller ends bid for attorney general

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rep. Mark Waller dropped out of the race Monday for the GOP nomination for Colorado attorney general. The Colorado Springs Republican barely eked out the necessary 30 percent needed to make the ballot at the GOP state assembly ...

Gun owners edgy over civil commitment bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado House gave final approval to a bill Monday that some gun owners fear will lead them to be declared mentally unstable to possess a firearm. Responding to numerous emails and a “legislative alert” from ...

This Week in the Legislature, April 28, 2014

By Staff

The Colorado Legislature is entering its final full week, but still has hundreds of bills to rule on. This is the time during a legislative session when bills fly hither and yonder, many dying along the way. ■ Today: The House State, ...

Paint fee close to approval, colored by partisan politics

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Unless it meets Gov. John Hickenlooper’s veto pen, Colorado residents may soon see higher fees on each can of paint they buy to help create a recycling program for leftover paint. On a straight 38-26 party-line vote, ...

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