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Marijuana industry undaunted by federal threats, regulations

A medical marijuana bill that drew a warning from a U.S. Attorney appears set to pass both chambers of the General Assembly in the waning days of the session. But whether it helps the fledgling industry — or threatens it — is open to debate. House Bill 1043 loosens some restrictions on the state’s medical… Continue Reading Marijuana industry undaunted by federal threats, regulations

Lawmakers get higher ed update from Lt. Gov.

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Colorado’s lieutenant governor and likely higher education commissioner is due before state lawmakers Wednesday for an update on the system. Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia was scheduled for a morning briefing before the House and Senate education committees. Garcia was president of Colorado State-Pueblo before becoming lieutenant governor. Garcia was also tapped by the governor to… Continue Reading Lawmakers get higher ed update from Lt. Gov.

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Beer sales to be debated today

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A long fight over where full-strength beer can be sold in Colorado is back at the state Capitol. A House committee planned to start work today on a bill changing the Colorado Beer Code. It would allow convenience stores, grocery stores and gas stations to sell beer and malt beverages of more than 3.2 percent… Continue Reading Beer sales to be debated today

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A proposal to make permits optional for carrying concealed weapons has passed Colorado’s Republican House. But the measure faces its toughest challenge yet in the Democratic Senate on Tuesday. A Senate committee known for rejecting GOP bills plans a hearing on a measure that would make concealed weapon permits optional. Anyone with legal permission to… Continue Reading Concealed gun bill faces test in Democratic Senate

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State board to mull medical pot regulations

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Marijuana doctors in Colorado are supposed to have a “bona fide” relationship with patients before recommending the drug. State health regulators are working to define what a “bona fide” relationship means with new regulations up before the Board of Health Wednesday. The proposed regulations specify that a doctor has to complete a physical exam of… Continue Reading State board to mull medical pot regulations

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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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Colorado lawmakers are considering a measure that would restrict the travel of state-chartered agencies. Rep. Sal Pace says the bill is aimed at the workers’ compensation insurer Pinnacol Assurance, which spent thousands of dollars on a golf outing for executives. But other agencies that use taxpayer dollars are complaining that the Pueblo Democrat’s proposed rules… Continue Reading Colo. lawmakers consider travel spending limits

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A Colorado Democrat who has said he’ll propose a possible tax to avoid education cuts plans to give new details about his plan. Boulder Sen. Rollie Heath says he has a plan to protect schools from additional budget cuts next fiscal year. He’s set to speak about it at the Capitol on Monday. Democratic Gov.… Continue Reading Colo. senator unveils plan to prevent school cuts

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Coke, Pepsi and other soft drinks could get a bit cheaper in Colorado under a Republican proposal to repeal sales taxes on soda. Coloradans began paying a 2.9 percent sales taxes on sodas last year, when lawmakers looking for ways to raise money and confront obesity imposed a levy soft drinks and candy. Before, the… Continue Reading Republicans: Cut Colo. soda tax

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Regulatory reform has taken hold at the state Capitol, and the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce couldn’t be happier. The chamber has been working to rid local businesses of what they see as red tape and bureaucracy, and for once the Legislature is listening. One-quarter of the way through the 2011 session — it ends… Continue Reading Bills seek to cut small business regulatory burden

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