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Legislators bemoan death of major issues during 2016 session

By Charles Ashby

It’s being called the do-nothing legislative session. Presidential primaries? No. Hospital provider fee? Not today. Bonds to pay for roads and bridges? Don’t think so. Addressing the construction defects/affordable housing ...


Tipton joins battle to end abuse of opioids

By Gary Harmon

A bipartisan bevy of bills intended to blunt an epidemic of opioid abuse has the backing of U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Tipton voted for 18 bills last week that were aimed at reducing the misuse of the prescription painkillers codeine, ...


EPA adopts 1st rule on oil, gas methane

By Dennis Webb

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalized a rule targeting methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas operations, the first-ever federal rule specifically seeking to regulate methane in the industry. The rule’s ...


Energy industry sues over grouse plans

By Dennis Webb

Oil and gas industry groups on Thursday sued federal agencies over revisions to land management plans in Colorado and other western states to protect the greater sage-grouse. The Western Energy Alliance and the North Dakota Petroleum Council ...


Liquor laws rule last day of Legislature

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado’s liquor laws haven’t changed substantially since the days of Al Capone and bathtub gin, but that’s all about to change under a bill that cleared the Colorado Legislature on the final day of the 2016 ...


Commission protests 
restaurant license law

By Gary Harmon

New rules that would increase licensing costs for restaurants should be vetoed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Mesa County Commission said. House Bill 1401 takes away local control of restaurant inspections while increasing the costs ...


House Democrats kill ballot measure for transportation

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to turn the state’s hospital provider fee program into a state enterprise wasn’t the only major bill to die in the Colorado Legislature on Tuesday, a day before this year’s session is set to end ...


GOP: Hospital fees under TABOR

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Even though it had near universal support outside of the Capitol, Republicans in a Senate committee Tuesday killed a measure that some had hoped would free up money for schools and transportation without raising taxes or ...


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County nervous, 
as ruling’s fallout 
may pinch budget

By Staff

A Colorado Supreme Court ruling has county and municipal officials watching warily as the Legislature deals with how to pay a judgment estimated at $115 million from funds that are shared with local government. Mesa County’s 2016 ...


Gas companies owed refunds worth millions

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The state is on the hook for refunds to oil and gas companies that could reach into the tens of millions of dollars thanks to a recent Colorado Supreme Court decision. As a result, the Colorado Legislature is scrambling in the ...


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