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This Week in the Legislature, Feb. 16, 2015

By Staff

DENVER — Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate have spent much time killing bills by minority party members in recent weeks, and this week is likely to be no exception. A House committee is ...


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King
 ethics 
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 opened

By Charles Ashby

Former Sen. Steve King’s legal woes haven’t ended despite his conviction on criminal corruption charges last month. The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission on Friday voted to launch an investigation into how the Grand Junction ...


Legislative panel OKs energy bills

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Two committees in the Colorado Legislature approved dual bills Wednesday aimed at energy efficiency and boosting renewable energy programs in public schools. One measure, HB1132, would create a new state income tax credit for ...


Background checks spark budget battle

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Democrats and Republicans sparked their first budget battle in the Colorado House on Wednesday, over paying for conceal-carry background checks. Democrats tacked an amendment onto a routine supplemental budget bill for the ...


House approves ‘flex-use’ water bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Several Western Slope lawmakers didn’t get their way Tuesday on a bill that is designed to prevent so-called buy-and-dry tactics on water rights for farms and ranches. While supporters of the measure, HB1038, say it gives ...


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Bill to extend season for bear hunting nixed

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Bear hunting season in Colorado won’t be expanded, at least not just yet. Rep. Yeulin Willett, R-Grand Junction, tried Monday to get the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee to alter the state’s ...


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Panel kills HOA licensing rollback

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Managers of several homeowner associations in Mesa County and elsewhere across Colorado urged a House panel Monday to roll back some of the regulations the state has imposed on how HOA operators are licensed. But the panel, the ...


Legislature wrestles with campaign finance laws

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A Parker senator is trying to do what former Secretary of State Scott Gessler couldn’t — fix a problem with the state’s campaign finance laws. Under the Fair Campaign Practices Act overwhelmingly approved by ...


Bill would provide tax relief to farmers

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Farmers and ranchers who lose the ability to use their land because of a natural cause won’t end up having to pay higher property taxes under a bill that won approval in a House committee on Wednesday. That potentially ...


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Scott-led panel kills bill to aid rural Colorado

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — For all their recent protestations about Democrats allegedly waging a war on rural Colorado, Senate Republicans shot down a bill Tuesday aimed squarely at helping less populated regions of the state still trying to recover from ...


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