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Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

Sen. Mark Udall will head up a committee that oversees issues critical to Colorado’s military and aerospace communities. Udall, who is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, has been named the chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which oversees such issues as cyberdefense, military space programs, nuclear weapons and intelligence programs.… Continue Reading Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

2013 legislative preview

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HBA preps to oppose two possible bills It’s hard to know yet exactly what the Legislature will discuss this session that might engage the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association. But William Mutch, HBA director of government affairs and public policy, sees some issues that the organization will oppose. Construction defects: In 2008, the Goodyear… Continue Reading 2013 legislative preview

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Food and safety industries at odds over bill

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The state’s Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee approved a bill that would make it easier for entrepreneurs to sell food from their homes. Continue Reading Food and safety industries at odds over bill

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Lawyer welcomes bill to clean up foreclosures

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A Denver lawmaker plans to sponsor a bill this year that aims to require lenders to prove they are the holders of evidence of debt before they foreclose. Rep. Beth McCann, D-Denver, is sponsoring the bill in hopes of making the foreclosure process cleaner and fairer for homeowners. Colorado Springs real estate attorney Stephen Brunette… Continue Reading Lawyer welcomes bill to clean up foreclosures

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Colorado Springs gears up for legislative season

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When the Colorado legislature convened this week, local organizations were already keeping an eye on possible new requirements … Continue Reading Colorado Springs gears up for legislative season

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Businesses didn’t win all of their legislative battles this year, but that isn’t stopping Springs lobbyists from declaring the session a success. As a result of the session, businesses will soon be able to buy health insurance through co-ops known as exchanges, and they regained two tax credits lost during the last session. On the… Continue Reading Legislative session a success, Chamber says

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A few declined to comment on the ballot issues because they were not well informed about those issues, but those who were knowledgeable had a lot to say. Here’s what they said about these issues. Rocky Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Corporation Amendment 28 “This amendment makes it convenient for people to vote, and… Continue Reading The business community discusses the ballot issues

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You’ve got a dozen or more old computers, keyboards and monitors in the storage room, and you can’t just toss them in the dumpster because it’s against the law – they’re full of dangerous chemicals and metals. So who are you going to call? Try Better Environment Through Technology Recycling. BETTR, as it calls itself,… Continue Reading Two-day recycling fair for old electronic equipment planned

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Businesses opposed to urban renewal plans

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Members of the Urban Renewal Authority patted one another on the back last week after finally resolving the relocation policy associated with urban renewal. However, some business owners and concerned citizens who attended the URA¡¦s board meeting were less enthused, crossing their arms and shaking their heads. ¡§They may have a great vision for what… Continue Reading Businesses opposed to urban renewal plans

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Eminent domain is not just a policy; it¡¦s the law for local and state governments. The law allows the Urban Renewal Authority of El Paso County to usurp businesses in areas where urban renewal will occur. Furthermore, the law states that the URA is not legally bound to compensate business owners for any costs concerning… Continue Reading Business owners concerned about urban renewal plan

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