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Bill to create local business app faces tough vote

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

Colorado Democrats have prevailed so far on a proposal to stiffen penalties for people who lie about elections to suppress the vote. Now the proposal faces a tougher hurdle in a committee controlled by the GOP. The bill makes it a felony to intentionally lie about an election with the “intent to prevent a person… Continue Reading Bill to punish lying about elections faces CO test

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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 Supporters say the subsidy is outdated because it was originally… Continue Reading Bill to ax Colo.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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Business tax break heads to CO governor

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A potential tax break on business equipment is headed to the desk of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. The Senate voted 34-0 Wednesday to give final approval to the measure that allows municipalities to control how much of the taxes they want to exempt. The legislation would give municipalities the choice to exempt all taxes on… Continue Reading Business tax break heads to CO governor

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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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Colo. bill would bar credit checks for some jobs

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Lawmakers will hear testimony on a bill to prohibit employers from using consumer credit information against potential employees unless they’re applying for a job that involves financial decisions. Democrats sponsoring the proposal say the use of credit information creates barriers for people who have recently lost their jobs and are looking for employment. The bill… Continue Reading Colo. bill would bar credit checks for some jobs

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A little better than nothing

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The first bill to be introduced in this year’s legislative session, SB 10-001, sponsored by Senate President Brandon Shaffer and Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, is intended to fix the acute financial problems of the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association. PERA is the long-established defined-benefit retirement plan to which almost all public school, municipal, and… Continue Reading A little better than nothing

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