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Surcharge raises doubts about foreclosure bill

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A Colorado House bill that has the potential to ease the state’s foreclosure crisis is under review by the Business and Economic Development Committee, but there’s a problem. The association that represents the county public trustees who will have to implement the measure has yet to back the proposal, and the El Paso County public… Continue Reading Surcharge raises doubts about foreclosure bill

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Yes to impact statements

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Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow business impact statements to be attached to any piece of proposed legislation. It’s a good idea, and there’s no reason why the bill should not be passed. Sen. Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield) is sponsoring Senate Bill 116, which would give businesses five days from the time a… Continue Reading Yes to impact statements

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The Colorado House has tentatively approved a bill lawmakers say will make the state’s ballot initiative process more transparent. The House approved House Bill 1072 on an initial voice vote Tuesday. It would require that a ballot proposal’s two designated representatives attend the meeting where the measure is cleared to appear on the ballot. It… Continue Reading Colo. House approves bill that smooths ballot initiative process

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Businesses could weigh in on Colo. bills

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DENVER (AP) – It’s a perennial gripe about Colorado lawmakers: They regulate businesses without realizing how much red tape they’re creating. That could change under a bipartisan proposal to give industries a chance to weigh in on legislation before it’s approved. What’s unclear is whether the so-called “business fiscal impact statements” submitted by a Democratic… Continue Reading Businesses could weigh in on Colo. bills

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Colo. lawmakers face spending standoff

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Colorado lawmakers promised to work together to cut spending this year. But they didn’t make it through January. The Legislature neared a stalemate Monday on how much the state should plan to spend next fiscal year. The Senate voted 20-15, on a straight party-line vote, not to ratchet back a spending resolution. The Republican House… Continue Reading Colo. lawmakers face spending standoff

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Two rodeo events some consider cruel to animals are up for debate in the Colorado Legislature. A House committee planned to start work today on a bill outlawing steer-tailing and horse-tripping. Both events are sometimes performed in Mexican-style rodeos called charreadas. Several states have outlawed the events. Horse-tripping is when running horses are lassoed by… Continue Reading Lawmakers debating ban on some rodeo events

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State GOP, Dems to battle over school breakfasts

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Colorado Republicans and Democrats are gearing up for a battle after lawmakers facing a gaping budget shortfall decided to end free breakfasts for needy children. The Joint Budget Committee last week decided against spending an additional $124,229 to subsidize the Start Smart Nutrition Program at the end of this school year. The decision isn’t final.… Continue Reading State GOP, Dems to battle over school breakfasts

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Colo. lawmakers to meet on redistricting

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Colorado lawmakers will hold their first meeting to talk about congressional redistricting. The issue is one of the thorniest lawmakers will take on this year. To tackle the issue, legislative leaders formed a 10-member committee of five Republicans and five Democrats who will begin meeting on Wednesday. Lawmakers are hoping to avoid another redistricting fiasco… Continue Reading Colo. lawmakers to meet on redistricting

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Colo. lawmakers back from short break

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Colorado lawmakers have snapped pictures, set up new offices and promised to work together. Now it’s time for the real work to begin. When the state Legislature resumes work Tuesday, lawmakers have opening-week speeches and other formalities out of the way. They’ll be starting work looking for budget cuts and new legislation. Highlights this week… Continue Reading Colo. lawmakers back from short break

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Lawmakers taking aim at foreclosure practices

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Work began at the statehouse this week on legislation to address the ongoing foreclosure crisis. Meaningful reform, however, seems like a long-shot. Any potential legislation would require a bold and detailed proposal from a member of the House Economic and Business Development Committee, most of whom are new to the panel. Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver,… Continue Reading Lawmakers taking aim at foreclosure practices

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