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Marijuana dispensaries get reprieve

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Colorado lawmakers rejected a proposed ban on medical marijuana dispensaries as they seek ways to regulate the booming industry. Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee killed a proposal Monday from Republican Sen. Scott Renfroe that would have asked voters to ban dispensaries and allow only individuals to provide medical marijuana to patients. The decision came… Continue Reading Marijuana dispensaries get reprieve

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Payday lenders not to blame

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Yesterday, the state legislature began hearings about a bill intended to limit the amount of interest charged by so-called “payday lenders.” The bill, sponsored by Sen. Chris Romer (D-Denver) and Rep. Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) would establish a maximum annual percentage rate of 36 percent on such loans. On the face of it, the interest rates… Continue Reading Payday lenders not to blame

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DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter on Tuesday signed a bill that cuts state employee retiree benefits to prevent the pension system from going broke. Ritter said the cuts are difficult but necessary. Provisions in the bill require shared sacrifice and shared solutions from public employers and employees without imposing an unfair or undue… Continue Reading Ritter signs PERA overhaul

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Bill seeks to end gender as a factor for insurance cost A piece of Colorado legislation seeks to even the health insurance playing field for women. Most insurance companies charge more for women in the individual market. Women pay between 2 percent and 59 percent more than men who are the same age, from the… Continue Reading Gender bias: Should women pay more for insurance?

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Transparency, standardization and efficiency. That’s what legislation this session would require insurance companies to include when writing policies. Here are some of the health care bills: House Bill 1038 seeks to establish a database of claims throughout the state to better understand how Colorado is spending its health care dollars. The information from the database… Continue Reading Insurance legislation both friend and foe to consumers

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Legislature wraps up busy week

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Highlights from the Legislature on Thursday: – The House gave initial approval to a measure (House Bill 1001) that would require large utility companies to generate nearly one-third of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. The bill, one of the top priorities this year for Gov. Bill Ritter, faces a third reading before… Continue Reading Legislature wraps up busy week

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A new bill introduced at the General Assembly will help facilities guard against employee drug theft, hold doctors to higher standards, and creates a dialogue with patients after medical accidents. The Patient Safety Act will help reduce medical errors and health care related injuries, said Rep. Jim Riesberg (D-Greeley). House bill 1283 is the result… Continue Reading Legislation addresses patient safety, malpractice

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DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter’s plan to eliminate about a dozen tax breaks to balance the state budget is off to a rocky start. Rep. Bob Gardner, a Republican from Colorado Springs, tried to block the tax breaks with a filibuster. Democrats retaliated by ruling him absent, forcing him to leave the committee… Continue Reading Colo. Republicans try to block tax break repeal

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Just as the General Assembly considers bills to end tax credits for businesses, the state’s business councils and advocates are descending on the Colorado Capitol to make their voices heard. Representatives from Colorado Springs, Denver, Aurora, the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Colorado Competitive Council will be holding a rally tomorrow to protest… Continue Reading Colorado businesses to rally at Capitol

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DENVER (AP) – Colorado will keep posting signs alongside construction projects paid for with federal stimulus dollars. Democratic lawmakers voted to reject the Republican proposal Thursday after a hearing in the a House committee. The state has spent as much as $247,000 in stimulus money to post the signs along about 100 construction sites letting… Continue Reading Dems reject scrapping signs at stimulus project

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