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Later bar hours could work for Colorado

Every January, without fail, some intrepid reporters covering the state Legislature in Denver do a little digging and come up with a few interesting stories, based on a sampling of proposed bills that are beginning to work their way through the General Assembly. Sometimes those first stories come out before the right people even know… Continue Reading Later bar hours could work for Colorado

Replenished funding for higher ed could help recovery

Higher education in Colorado felt the pain as much as any state-supported function during the budget cuts of recession years. But now the Legislature is working to restore much of that funding. In the 2014 General Assembly that convened last week in Denver, bills and budget increases that some legislators call historic have potential to… Continue Reading Replenished funding for higher ed could help recovery

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State legislation could expand community college degree offerings

Colorado’s Legislature is not only filled with measures aimed at increasing the flow of funding to all of the state’s higher education institutions, but also to those that prepare to expand the offerings of a select few. Introduced by Colorado Sen. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora, Senate Bill 14-004 concerns “the role and mission of community colleges”… Continue Reading State legislation could expand community college degree offerings

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Lawmakers face tests

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With the new year comes another session of the Colorado Legislature, which convened Wednesday in Denver amid a mixture of expectations, high and low. High, because the state enters 2014 in good financial condition, with enough reserves for lawmakers to improve funding in various areas where there is need. Low, because it’s an election year,… Continue Reading Lawmakers face tests

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Federal court hears TABOR appeal points

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Federal court hears TABOR appeal points

DENVER — A lawsuit filed two years ago against the state by a bipartisan coalition of elected officials, educators, former elected officials and others challenging the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) had its day in federal appeals court Monday. The coalition of plaintiffs claims TABOR violates the principles of representative government stated in the U.S.… Continue Reading Federal court hears TABOR appeal points

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Colorado legislature starts 2013 session

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The 2013 legislative session started today at 10 a.m. New members of the house were sworn in and the 69th General Assembly elected Rep. Mark Ferrandino, a Denver Democrat representing HD2, as Speaker of the House. He is the second openly gay legislator elected to a leadership role. Sen. John P. Morse, a Democrat representing… Continue Reading Colorado legislature starts 2013 session

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Colorado Springs gears up for legislative season

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When the Colorado legislature convened this week, local organizations were already keeping an eye on possible new requirements … Continue Reading Colorado Springs gears up for legislative season

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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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NFIB polling members for state legislative agenda

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Elections are over – unless you’re a small business owner in Colorado. The National Federation of Independent Businesses is polling its members about issues that the next session of the legislature needs to deal with. The group annually polls members on state and federal issues that affect their operations. NFIB has 7,000 members in Colorado.… Continue Reading NFIB polling members for state legislative agenda

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Lawmakers debate fate of daylight saving time

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Colorado lawmakers are planning to debate changes to daylight saving time when they convene next year. The Denver Post reports that one proposal would make daylight saving time permanent, while another would keep the state on standard time year-round. Sen. Greg Brophy, a Republican from Wray, wants Colorado to permanently run on daylight saving time,… Continue Reading Lawmakers debate fate of daylight saving time

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