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Unaffiliated voter bill raises questions

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — If unaffiliated voters designate a preference in which major parties’ primary they want to cast a ballot without actually joining that party, they would be tagged as someone who voted in that political primary under a bill ...


Lawmakers reach deal 
on hospitals,
 transportation

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — After weeks of on-again, off-again negotiations, lawmakers said Thursday they had a deal on a bill that would prevent deep cuts to rural hospitals and set aside money to fund road and bridge projects. While the deal is as ...


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Energy office bill clears first hurdle

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — There is bipartisan interest in saving the Colorado Energy Office from certain doom, but both sides of the political aisle aren’t on the same page when it comes to the specifics about how that would be done. As a result, ...


Lawmakers trying again with new civil-asset forfeiture bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — If at first you don’t succeed, give it a new name and reintroduce a bill in the opposing chamber and try again. That’s what lawmakers did for a measure reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws. The ...


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Legislators close in on transportation, provider fee deals

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Lawmakers are close but not quite there on an agreement to issue bonds for transportation projects and taking the hospital provider fee out from under revenue caps mandated by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. But the bill ...


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Scott tries to salvage energy office

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Sen. Ray Scott wants to rescue the Colorado Energy Office, but he doesn’t want the office to be what’s it’s been in the past. Instead, he wants the office that is set to close in July to focus more on all ...


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Rating bills demographically a bad idea, GOP says

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Every bill that is introduced into the Colorado Legislature gets what is called a fiscal note. That note, compiled by the nonpartisan Legislative Council staff, is designed to show the immediate impact a bill would have on the ...


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Guv issues 1st veto of 2017 session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper issued his first veto of the 2017 session Friday. The governor said he was “unpersuaded” about Senate Bill 139, which meant to indefinitely extend the state’s excise tax credit on sales ...


Legislators rein in unlicensed car dealers

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — What the Legislature couldn’t get done last year they appear poised to do easily this session, with regard to cracking down on unlicensed car dealers selling vehicles at vacant lots, a practice known as ...


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Landfill bill concerns
 some counties worried 
about recycling costs


By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Delta County officials weren’t looking forward to having to comply with a bill going through the Colorado Legislature on landfills, and they may not have to, at least for now. A measure that won preliminary approval in ...


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