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Bill for road tax ballot measure dies in Senate

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Its fate was well known long before the Senate Finance Committee started its work Tuesday. A measure to ask voters for permission to raise sales taxes to fund transportation projects is dead, at least in the Legislature. Last ...


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GOP bill takes aim at ‘sanctuary’ cities and counties in Colorado

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A Republican bill to penalize Colorado cities and counties that provide sanctuaries against deportation for undocumented residents surrenders local control to the federal government, Democrats say. The measure, which won ...


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Deal struck on lawsuits for defects in buildings

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — After several years of working on it, legislators from both sides of the political aisle have come together on a bill dealing with construction defect lawsuits. The issue, one that lawmakers have struggled with for more than a ...


Bill would limit campaign contributions

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — County commissioners, school board candidates and everyone else running for local offices may see limits in how much money they can collect in their campaign coffers. Under a bill that won preliminary approval in the ...


Two sides far apart in freeing up state transportation funds

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A game of chicken is going on in the Colorado Legislature over a measure to help fund transportation projects and help free up money in the state’s budget for other programs, and rural hospitals are caught in the ...


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Legislators ponder alternative method 
to elect candidates

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — If voters were allowed to choose more than one candidate for a political office, the winner could take office with a majority vote rather than a plurality. That, at least, is the concept behind a bill approved in the House ...


Guv signs groundwater, broadband bills into law

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed several bills into law Tuesday, including one that GOP Sens. Ray Scott and Don Coram have been working on for a few years now. That measure, SB36, is designed to make it harder for land developers ...


Bill to hike hunting, fishing fees advances in House

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Nearly every license, fee and penalty charged by Colorado Parks and Wildlife could go up by as much as 50 percent under a bill that won approval in a House committee on Monday. While the bill itself doesn’t increase fees, ...


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Bill offers temporary help to get health insurance coverage

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It’s only a temporary fix, but a bill approved in the Colorado House on Monday may bring some needed help for the state’s poorest residents to get health care coverage over the next year. Under HB1235, which the ...


Lawmaker to seek treasurer’s post

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — There now is a race for state treasurer. State Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, will announce this morning his plans to seek the Republican nomination for the seat, which is being vacated by Colorado Treasurer Walker ...


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