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Ritter signs new Colo. laws on health care

Gov. Bill Ritter has signed eight bills aimed at improving health care, including one intended to make the state’s Medicaid system more efficient. The bills signed into law Wednesday also include measures streamlining and standardizing insurance claims, calling for ways to improve access to healthy food and providing access to prenatal care for women who… Continue Reading Ritter signs new Colo. laws on health care

Lawmakers consider tuition overhaul

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Colorado lawmakers are considering a major overhaul of the state’s college tuition program. The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday will debate a bill that seeks to raise an additional $300 million by requiring parents and students to pay more. Lawmakers announced the move as a way to help the state cover a projected $1.7 billion… Continue Reading Lawmakers consider tuition overhaul

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A measure pushing Colorado’s largest utility toward using more natural gas to cut emissions is now law. Gov. Bill Ritter signed the bill, H.B. 1365,  today in a ceremony on the Capitol’s West Steps. He was surrounded by representatives of the unlikely alliance that helped pass the bill – the natural gas industry and environmental… Continue Reading Colo. pushes natural gas to cut plant emissions

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With deficits swelling everywhere, local and state governments this year have been dealing with the mother of budgeting headaches. Lawmakers in Denver, having already cut education funding, among other areas, were at one point considering whether to hack another $1.5 billion from the state’s $18 billion budget. Whether they go that far was up in… Continue Reading Opinion: Budget shortfall brings out best, worst in us

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State senators are debating next year’s proposed $18.2 billion budget.

The budget was up for an initial vote today. Continue Reading Budget would open new prison, end scholarships

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Colorado lawmakers are considering a plan that would allow a grocery store to transfer ownership of a liquor store license. The measure being considered today by the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee would also allow businesses to convert a retail liquor store license to a liquor-licensed drug store. Earlier this year, convenience stores lost… Continue Reading Colo. grocery stores seek liquor sale rights

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State senators are preparing to vote on some big spending cuts this week, including a $130 million reduction for public schools. But spending will still increase in some areas within the overall $18.2 billion budget. The budget adds $9.4 million to open a solitary confinement unit at a new branch of the Colorado State Penitentiary.… Continue Reading Colo. budget adds $9.4M to open new prison unit

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Republican Sen. Shawn Mitchell requested the delay Monday, saying lawmakers need more time to review the bill and suggest changes. Continue Reading Debate on power plant bill delayed in Senate

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A Pueblo lawmaker wants veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder to be able to use medical marijuana. Continue Reading Pueblo lawmaker says marijuana should be allowed for PTSD

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Businesses in Colorado would have to justify tax breaks they receive from the state under legislation introduced in the state House. House Bill 1350, sponsored by Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, requires any business that receives more than $25,000 in tax breaks — mostly for job-creation or relocation — to justify their use of the money.… Continue Reading Bill would require justification for business tax breaks

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