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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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

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