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Breakfast with the Journal: It’s political

Speakers at the Oct. 16 Breakfast with the Journal probably won’t agree on much. Four politicians — two from the Springs and two from Denver — will weigh in on the upcoming 2014 Legislature, on what bills they support and what the last session accomplished. There’s little room for agreement from Republicans and Democrats. Republicans… Continue Reading Breakfast with the Journal: It’s political

Business ideas needed for 2014 General Assembly

In last week’s Business Journal, state Rep. Pete Lee asked business leaders to send him ideas for legislation for the next session of the General Assembly. In the article,  Lee asked business leaders to contact him with any ideas for legislation to help improve the state and local economy. “If there’s a regulation that you… Continue Reading Business ideas needed for 2014 General Assembly

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In an expensive, unnecessary and politically damaging recall election that culminates on Sept. 10, Colorado Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, will either be confirmed in office for one more year or recalled. If the recall fails, we’re back to status quo ante. Democrats will still control the both houses of the Legislature. John Hickenlooper… Continue Reading Recall could lead to legislative consequences

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The Colorado House of Representatives is considering a bill that seeks to create a comprehensive international export development program for advanced industries. Proponents say House Bill 1193 is a tool for the state’s small- and medium-sized industries that might not have resources needed to export goods overseas. The bill will provide money, training and consulting… Continue Reading Legislation would help Colo. industries enter international markets

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Colorado lawmakers enter final month

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Colorado lawmakers are entering their final month of the 2012 session with plenty left to do — but without the caustic atmosphere one might expect in the closing days of an election year. The state’s divided Legislature has until May 9 to balance the budget and make final decisions on questions such as civil unions,… Continue Reading Colorado lawmakers enter final month

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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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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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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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Colorado takes pride in its Western entrepreneurial spirit — and that extends to the belief of some lawmakers that business owners should be able to use deadly force against anyone who tries to take what’s theirs. It’s an idea that conjures Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, and its supporters have taken liberties with the hardboiled character’s… Continue Reading Make My Day law for business advances in Colorado

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