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Fewer debatable bills at end of 2015 Legislature session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — As the final day of the 2015 session begins today, lawmakers have a few less contentious measures to worry about. On Tuesday, a Senate panel nixed an idea to turn the state’s hospital provider fee used to fund health ...


Ballot changes being discussed in Legislature

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado voters would be able to see the fiscal impact of any proposed citizen’s initiative before they sign petitions to put measures onto the ballot, under a bill that won approval in the Colorado House on Monday. The ...


Senate gives tax-friendly bill initial nod

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill designed to help rural areas of the state recover from the recent recession as Front Range cities have saw more changes made to it in the Colorado Senate, which then gave it a preliminary thumbs-up on Monday. Instead of ...


Not too late to legislate, but close

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — With only three days left in the 2015 session, Colorado lawmakers still have a full slate of heady issues to tackle. Those ideas range from economic development bills for rural Colorado to consumer matters to what to do long ...


Lawmakers grapple with plan to bolster state pension fund

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Moments after the Colorado House gave final Friday approval to a bill designed to help the state’s largest public employee pension system become solvent, one of its Senate sponsors pulled his support of the measure. Sen. ...


Senate panel waters down drone camera bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A Senate committee dramatically altered a bill Wednesday that would have made it a crime to take someone’s picture if the subject of that shot believed that they had a reasonable expectation of privacy. When the measure, ...


GOP senator helps kill federal lands bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — In a surprise vote on the Senate floor late Tuesday, a sole Republican legislator joined Democrats in killing a bill calling for a study of a controversial idea to have the state take over control of federal lands. Sen. Larry ...


Tax-friendly bill clears first hurdle

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to help economically lagging areas of the state such as the Grand Valley cleared a Senate committee on its first hearing on Wednesday. The measure, tailored after a new program started in New York last year, would create ...


Legislators could access private data if bill passes

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Despite a Senate committee narrowing the scope of a measure Tuesday that would allow state legislators to get certain confidential information from state agencies, numerous opponents said the bill could give lawmakers and their ...


Bill aimed at boosting rural Colorado economy

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill designed to help the most economically distressed regions of the state was introduced into the Colorado Senate on Monday. The measure, SB282, would create tax-free zones in Mesa and Pueblo counties as part of a pilot ...


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