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GOP’s health care ideas face dim future in CO

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Colorado Republicans aren’t faring well on some of their major health care proposals this year. A Republican bill to repeal Colorado’s health insurance exchange is up for a vote Thursday in a Democrat-controlled Senate committee, where it appears headed to certain defeat. The committee is led by the Democratic senator who proposed the exchange last… Continue Reading GOP’s health care ideas face dim future in CO

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A Republican lawmaker who wants to lower car fees to the tune of $12 million a year is trying again to ratchet back vehicle registration fees. Rep. Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs is bringing his tag fee repeal to a Republican House committee Wednesday. The GOP House approved the idea last year, but the… Continue Reading Lower car fees again considered by Colo. lawmakers

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Economy to headline legislative session

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Hang onto your wallets, Colorado. The Legislature is back in session. It’s an old joke, but it holds special significance for the 2012 session. This year, it’s all about helping voters’ pocketbooks. Expect long arguments over the next five months about how to strengthen the economy, chip away at Colorado’s 8 percent unemployment rate, and… Continue Reading Economy to headline legislative session

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The Colorado Trust today launched a new section of its website dedicated to tracking public policy issues that could affect the health and well-being of Coloradans. The new section of the site, at www.coloradotrust.org/healthpolicy, includes information about federal, state and local laws, regulations, bills, judicial decisions and political events. It highlights information about Colorado health… Continue Reading The Colorado Trust tracks health policy issues online

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The Colorado General Assembly is considering a civil union bill that will grant gay couples the same rights and protections that married couples have. Senate Bill 172 is being heard in committee today, and is expected to pass committee, as well as the Democrat-controlled Senate. Its fate in the House of Representatives, controlled by Republicans,… Continue Reading Civil union bill to be heard in committee today

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Hospital-provider-fee bill dies in committee

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A bill that sought to repeal the 18-month-old hospital provider fee died in committee today. The fee, which passed the General Assembly in 2009 and went into effect last year, is designed to bolster the state’s Medicaid funds. Hospitals pay a fee based on the number of beds in the facility and the federal government… Continue Reading Hospital-provider-fee bill dies in committee

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Stung by declining revenue and facing a state budget cliff over the next few years, Colorado lawmakers are increasingly turning to philanthropists, hoping someone will bail them out. Continue Reading Colo lawmakers turn to philanthropy for budget

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Ritter signs college transfer bill

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Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill that allows statewide transfer agreements in 14 program areas for the state’s two-year and four-year higher education institutions. Under House Bill 1208, students who graduate from a two-year community college with an associate degree in one of the program areas, can then apply for admission to a four-year institution… Continue Reading Ritter signs college transfer bill

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Responding to criticism from lawmakers and jobseekers, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter issued an executive order Wednesday directing state agencies to track job creation. The executive order requires the Colorado Economic Development Commission to include information about job-creation activities in its annual report to the state Legislature. It also instructs the commission to prepare a plan… Continue Reading Colo. governor issues order to track job creation

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A push to regulate the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries appears to be nearing the finish line. The Colorado Senate passed the proposed regulations in a 26-9 vote on Thursday, sending them back to the House to review changes made to the bill. The lack of controversial changes makes it likely that lawmakers will be able… Continue Reading Colo. Senate OKs state pot dispensary regulations

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