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Groundwater bill
 runs into a snag

By Charles Ashby

Sens. Ray Scott and Don Coram wanted to simply accept a change to their groundwater appeals bill Wednesday, but the rest of the Senate wouldn’t let them. The two Republicans from Grand Junction and Montrose, respectively, told the ...


Technical College of the Rockies 
might be a new name in learning

By Charles Ashby

The Technical College of the Rockies. That’s to be the new name of the Delta-Montrose Technical College under a bill that won unanimous approval in the House Education Committee on Wednesday. Caryn Gibson, superintendent of the Delta ...


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House OKs initial school drilling rule

By Charles Ashby

It seems perfectly reasonable to Lafayette Democratic Rep. Mike Foote that, when it comes to public schools, the state’s setback rules for oil and gas drilling wells begin not at the buildings on campus, but the campus itself. But to ...


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Proposed tax hike for transportation advances

By Charles Ashby

A measure to raise the state’s sales tax to pay for road projects cleared another House committee Monday, this time with just technical changes. As part of a compromise agreement with Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled Senate, ...


Electric bicycle bill headed to governor

By Charles Ashby

Local governments will be able to decide whether to allow the use of electric-assisted bicycles on sidewalks or bike paths under a bill now headed to the governor’s desk. House Bill 1151, introduced by Reps. Yeulin Willett, R-Grand ...


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Future of GJ Regional Center remains unclear

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It’s unclear what will happen with the next phase of the proposed closure of the Grand Junction Regional Center campus, but rest assured that the Legislature is watching, one lawmaker said. The current plan is to relocate ...


Workers’ compensation might include PTSD

By Charles Ashby

It’s taken three years to get here, but nearly all sides of an issue to expand Colorado’s workers’ compensation law to include post-traumatic stress disorder are in agreement. Under a bill that won preliminary approval in ...


Bill to change campaign fines gets initial OK

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rep. Dan Thurlow’s attempt to change to how elected officials are fined for violating minor campaign finance reporting errors won preliminary approval in the Colorado House on Thursday. Under current law, if an elected ...


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Bill would pave way for driverless vehicles

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — They won’t be taking over the roadways anytime soon, but when there are more driverless vehicles motoring around, the Colorado Legislature wants to be ready. That, at least, was part of the point behind a bill that won ...


Change coming to roads measure

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Expected changes were made to a bill Wednesday to raise sales taxes to pay for road projects, and more are likely. The sponsors of the measure, House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat ...


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