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Frack bans 
would cost
 cities cash
 under bill

By Charles Ashby

Royalty owners of mineral rights that have been banned in certain localities would still be compensated for those rights under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Friday. The measure is aimed at those cities in the ...

Partisan bills punctuate session

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado House and Senate gave final approval to some measures Thursday that aren’t likely to gain a lot of support in the opposing chamber. In the Senate, Republicans, who have a one-vote majority, approved two bills that House ...

TABOR an obstacle for off-highway vehicle use

By Charles Ashby

Lawmakers often know that their bills face uphill battles if they cost the state money to implement them, but an Ignacio representative learned Thursday the same can be true for measures that generate revenue, too. Rep. J.Paul Brown, ...

No snow tires or chains? Ticket, please

By Charles Ashby

Motorists who fail to have adequate treads on their tires or carry chains could face tickets and fines under a bill that won approval in a House committee on Wednesday. The measure, HB1173, is aimed at preventing motorists with bald tires and ...

Voter ID bills killed 
in House committee 
on party-line vote

By Charles Ashby

Republicans pulled out all the stops Wednesday, but still couldn’t persuade a Democratic-controlled House committee that requiring photo identification cards to register to vote was a good idea. In the end, six Democrats on the ...

House committee OKs rural-grant program

By Charles Ashby

A House panel approved a bill Tuesday designed to help the most economically stressed rural areas of the state. The measure, HB1177, would create a new three-year, $3 million grant program in the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to help ...

This Week in the Legislature, Feb. 16, 2015

By Staff

DENVER — Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate have spent much time killing bills by minority party members in recent weeks, and this week is likely to be no exception. A House committee is ...



By Charles Ashby

Former Sen. Steve King’s legal woes haven’t ended despite his conviction on criminal corruption charges last month. The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission on Friday voted to launch an investigation into how the Grand Junction ...

Legislative panel OKs energy bills

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Two committees in the Colorado Legislature approved dual bills Wednesday aimed at energy efficiency and boosting renewable energy programs in public schools. One measure, HB1132, would create a new state income tax credit for ...

Background checks spark budget battle

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Democrats and Republicans sparked their first budget battle in the Colorado House on Wednesday, over paying for conceal-carry background checks. Democrats tacked an amendment onto a routine supplemental budget bill for the ...

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