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Bill would allow fees on cigarette sellers

By Charles Ashby

After making it clear that local governments couldn’t create a new tax on tobacco, a House committee Wednesday approved a bill that would allow cities and counties to impose a licensing fee on retailers that sell cigarettes. The ...


Bill would ease 
gender change 
on documents

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would make it easier for transgendered Coloradans to change their birth certificates to reflect a different gender. Under the measure, HB1265, transgendered people no ...


Body camera bills 
designed to help 
police-citizen trust

By Charles Ashby

For years, law enforcement officers have been captured on video in the performance of their jobs, and that hasn’t always shown them in the best light. Now, under a proposed body-camera grant program approved by a House committee ...


Dems OK minimum wage increase; GOP has votes to block it

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado House gave preliminary approval to two measures Monday that would raise the state’s minimum wage, but those victories are expected to be short-lived. One measure, HB1300, which would allow local governments to raise the ...


Severance cash may be tapped to boost budget

By Charles Ashby

Severance taxes shouldn’t be used to help defray the costs of a refund to taxpayers, but the “sad reality” is that they are part of the problem, said senators Monday who approved using $20 million for that purpose. On a 4-3 ...


This week at the Legislature, March 30, 2015

By Staff

DENVER — The Colorado Senate will begin debating the $27 billion proposed budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Senators will take today and Tuesday poring over it, and vote on it Wednesday and Thursday. ■ ...


State will draw money from severance taxes

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Despite calls from the Western Slope not to do so, next year’s proposed $27 billion spending plan includes taking money from severance taxes to help pay refunds required by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. But instead ...


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Legislature begins debate on budget

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Starting this week, the Colorado Legislature will begin debating next year’s proposed $27 billion spending plan, but most of those discussions are expected to center not on what’s in the budget, but how the state ...


Tipton will re-introduce his water rights measure

By Gary Harmon

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., will tweak a previous measure of his to have the federal government recognize states’ water laws, Tipton said Saturday at the Club 20 spring meeting. A measure he plans to carry this Congress will take ...


Overheard at the Club 20 spring meeting ...

By Staff

“When you have one endangered species eating another endangered species, it’s tough to get a win-win,” U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., on problems posed by the Endangered Species Act. “I would question whether we ...


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