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El Paso legislators receive lowest, highest marks for conservation votes

An El Paso County representative has received one of the lowest scores for her votes for conservation and the environment. And a state senator from the area earned the highest score. According to the Colorado Conservation Voters 2012 scorecard, Rep. Marsh Looper only voted in favor of environmental or conservation legislation 8 percent of the… Continue Reading El Paso legislators receive lowest, highest marks for conservation votes

Lawmakers are considering whether to ask voters to decide if people should provide their photo ID before casting ballots. The measure faces long odds Wednesday in a Senate committee controlled by Democrats. House Republicans have already passed the measure. Republicans say requiring photo IDs to vote would prevent fraud. Democrats say voter impersonation happens rarely… Continue Reading Photo ID at the ballots weighed by CO lawmakers

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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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On jobs, CO lawmakers moving past rhetoric

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If there’s one thing Colorado’s sharply divided Legislature agrees on, it’s the importance of jobs. But Democrats and Republicans are now past the speech-making phase of the session, and their differences on how best to go about improving the economy will come to the fore. An early look at how far apart the parties are… Continue Reading On jobs, CO lawmakers moving past rhetoric

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Colorado lawmakers tout tax amnesty

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Colorado lawmakers are promoting a tax amnesty program they hope will bring in millions of dollars. Delinquent taxpayers will have 45 days starting Oct. 1 to pay the state what they owe at half the interest rate and without penalty or criminal prosecution. The program being promoted on Monday applies to individuals and businesses that… Continue Reading Colorado lawmakers tout tax amnesty

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Proposed regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries are awaiting another vote in the Colorado Senate. Senators could hold a final vote on the legislation as early as Thursday, a day after giving preliminary approval to the rules. On Wednesday, senators opened the door to waiving sales tax on pot sales to some patients but made no… Continue Reading Marijuana rules awaiting vote in Colo. Senate

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Backers of a controversial proposal to change the way teachers get and keep job protections think there’s still time to pass the bill this year. The bill is up for its first hearing in the House Thursday and bill sponsor Rep. Christine Scanlan believes the education committee will endorse it. If they do, the bill… Continue Reading Teacher tenure bill faces first hearing in House

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Backers of regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries are trying to fend off last-minute changes they say could unravel the proposal. The state Senate was debating the legislation Wednesday and was expected to take an initial vote later in the day. The bill, already passed the House, would allow local voters or governments to ban dispensaries.… Continue Reading Pot dispensary rules up for vote in Colo. Senate

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Colo. House kills tax review measure

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DENVER (AP) – The Colorado House has killed a bill that would have required annual review of millions of dollars in tax credits. The proposal was killed Tuesday. House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann, a Democrat from Louisville who sponsored the bill, says lawmakers should review the tax credits to see if they’re working. Republicans saying… Continue Reading Colo. House kills tax review measure

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Lawmakers consider allowing tuition hikes

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DENVER (AP) – State lawmakers are considering giving public universities the freedom to set tuition rates to make up for a looming drop in funding. Senate Majority Leader John Morse said allowing schools to set tuition without state approval is one idea he and Minority Leader Josh Penry are reviewing to help make up for… Continue Reading Lawmakers consider allowing tuition hikes

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