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This week at the Legislature, April 13, 2015

By Staff

DENVER — Now that the House and Senate have completed putting their tweaks on the state’s budget, the Joint Budget Committee will take it back to iron out any differences between the two, eventually returning the budget to the two ...


Measure would lop two years off time for home defect suit

By Charles Ashby

Homeowners would have less time to file a lawsuit against builders for a construction defect to their homes under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Thursday. Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, said he introduced ...


Bill to raid severance taxes clears Legislature

By Charles Ashby

It is fiscally irresponsible for the Colorado Legislature to take $20 million in severance tax money to help balance the state’s $27 billion budget, House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso said Thursday. That money, the Loveland ...


Senate committee 
axes bill to ban gay conversion therapy

By Charles Ashby

A Senate committee killed a bill Wednesday that would have barred mental health professionals from engaging in gay-to-straight conversion therapy for Coloradans under the age of 18. The controversial therapy, sometimes also called reparative ...


Voters reject beltway; approve cable option

By Amy Hamilton

A majority of Grand Junction voters aren’t interested in a tax override and going into debt to create a western beltway. A measure to do so failed Tuesday with 62 percent of voters shooting down the idea. It failed by 6,984 votes with ...


Bill exempts very small HOAs from state regulations

By Charles Ashby

Very small homeowners’ associations that were created before 1992 would be added to the state’s exemption list of common interest communities that don’t have to comply with statewide HOA laws under a bill that won preliminary ...


Ballot measure proposes to nix elected county surveyors

By Charles Ashby

Elected county surveyors could be no more under a bill that won approval in a Senate committee Tuesday. The measure, SCR1, would place on the state ballot in 2016 an amendment to repeal from the Colorado Constitution the requirement that all ...


Opt-out bill gets Senate’s thumbs up

By Charles Ashby

Parents have the right to opt their children out of standardized assessment tests without penalty to them or the schools their children attend under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Monday. The measure, SB223, is ...


Tax-free zone bill expected for next week

By Charles Ashby

A bill to create tax-free zones in rural parts of the state is expected to be introduced into the Colorado Legislature sometime next week. The idea, based on the first-of-its-kind program started last year in New York, is designed to spur ...


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Council hopefuls collect minimal contributions

By Amy Hamilton

Campaign contributions and spending have been meager for the four candidates seeking two spots on the Grand Junction City Council — below the $10,000 mark, according to filings between March 13-29. In the race between Dennis Simpson ...


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