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Community members can win green for being green this month. The  Colorado Springs Office of Innovation and Sustainability is sponsoring an online contest to reward people who are caught “green-handed” recycling, biking to work or any one of 20 sustainability activities. Participants should upload photos to the OIS Facebook page. Those who enter photos in… Continue Reading Facebook contest to reward sustainable behavior

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Colorado delays fetal homicide proposal

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A new crime of “fetal homicide” is on hold in Colorado amid concerns the proposal was vague and could affect abortion rights. The Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee tabled the bill Monday, just before it appeared the committee would reject the measure. The bill was approved last month by the Republican House. Similar bills have been… Continue Reading Colorado delays fetal homicide proposal

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A bill to create a smartphone app that shows Colorado locally owned businesses will face its toughest test yet in the Republican-controlled House. Senate Democrats approved the proposal earlier this month, saying the bill is a way to promote and boost local businesses. But Republicans are skeptical. They question whether the bill is necessary and… Continue Reading Bill to create local business app faces tough vote

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A bill to overhaul to a ratepayer subsidy for telephone providers has had its first hearing in the Colorado Senate. The proposal that was heard Monday afternoon would gradually reduce the subsidy until it’s eliminated in 2025. Lawmakers are expected to vote on it Wednesday. Supporters say the subsidy is outdated because it was originally… Continue Reading Bill to ax Colo. telecom subsidy gets 1st hearing

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State forecasts $149m in additional revenue

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The state will have about $149 million additional revenue during the next fiscal year than the Office of State Planning and Budget originally forecasted. The overall increase is due, according to a press release from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office, to continued improvement in the job market and increased business confidence. Sustained production is buildinga foundation… Continue Reading State forecasts $149m in additional revenue

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Bill to help local producers signed into law

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Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill this week that will support local, small-scale growers and producers by creating alternative methods for them to sell homemade goods. The legislation will allow growers to sell products directly to consumers, by exempting home kitchens from certain health inspections that are generally applied to large retailers. Home kitchens willb… Continue Reading Bill to help local producers signed into law

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State employees are under the microscope in Colorado as lawmakers tackle broad revisions to employee protections that haven’t been changed in decades. But don’t expect the fireworks other states have seen when revising how state employees are hired and fired. The Colorado overhaul has bipartisan support, and the state’s public employee union says it likes… Continue Reading Colo. workers’ seniority, pay rules up for debate

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After reports that few Colorado Springs people were being appointed to state boards and committees, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC decided to do something about it. The group is gathering a list of people to apply for more than 300 empty seats in state-level boards and committees. “We’re working with the governor… Continue Reading Chamber leading effort for Springs representatives on state boards

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says that like most governors, he prefers state regulation of oil and gas drilling to federal regulation. “Most governors are going to argue that it should be a state responsibility,” Hickenlooper said Wednesday at a news conference during the energy consulting firm IHS CERA’s annual executive conference in Houston. “We can… Continue Reading Colo. gov. prefers state regulation of drilling

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A Republican bill encouraging Colorado agencies to seek waivers from federal regulations got initial approval. The proposal would direct state agencies to explore whether it’s possible to seek waivers from federal regulations and determine if it’s possible for Colorado to implement its own rules. Agencies would report to the Legislature annually to discuss waiver possibilities.… Continue Reading Colo. bill to explore federal waivers passes 1st vote

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