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Jesse Paul

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“A lot of big items still out there”: Colorado lawmakers have a massive to-do list with only a month left

There are about 250 pieces of active, unresolved legislation. And more meaty bills are being introduced by the day.

Politics and Government
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Colorado governor signs $34 billion budget into law, setting aside historic reserves and funding $800M stimulus package

The budget does not include $3.8 billion in federal coronavirus stimulus money heading to Colorado as part of the American Rescue Plan

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers aim to enact strict new regulations on marijuana concentrate, medical cannabis

House Bill 1317 is aimed at curbing teen use and adult overconsumption of high-potency cannabis

Politics and Government

Coloradans will be allowed to go mask-free in almost all settings as coronavirus restrictions are lifted in Denver area

The alterations follow new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated people no longer need to socially distance or wear masks indoors with some exceptions

Health

Colorado House Republicans distribute list of “friendly” and “not friendly” media outlets

House Minority Leader Hugh McKean, a Loveland Republican, defended the list, saying it was created at the behest of a member who wanted to know how to best navigate the Capitol media landscape.

Politics and Government

Ken Buck voted against ousting Liz Cheney from Republican leadership; Lauren Boebert supported removing her

Cheney was removed from her post during a closed-door meeting that lasted less than 20 minutes

Politics and Government

Jason Crow is moving to Centennial from Aurora, potentially affecting the 2022 election amid redistricting

The Democrat, who is in his second two-year term, still lives in his 6th Congressional District. But Centennial is part of a fast-growing south Denver metro area that some believe could anchor Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District.

Politics and Government

Colorado Springs police say mass shooting was fueled by domestic violence, identify seven people killed

“At the core of this horrendous act is domestic violence,” said Colorado Springs Police Department Chief Vince Niski

Crime and Courts

How Colorado can — and cannot — spend the $5.7 billion in federal coronavirus stimulus heading its way

The state, counties and cities could receive payments within days. But there are limits on how the money can be distributed that elected leaders are still trying to navigate.

Politics and Government

Colorado Democrats shelve effort to impose a gun-purchase waiting period this year

Even without the waiting-period measure, the 2021 legislative session in Colorado will be one of the state’s most significant with regard to gun control

Politics and Government

7 killed, including suspected gunman, in mass shooting at Colorado Springs birthday party

The suspected gunman was a boyfriend of one of the female victims. Authorities say he walked inside the home "and began shooting people at the party before taking his own life."

Crime and Courts

Colorado governor vetoes bill that would have let candidates run for lieutenant governor and another elected position at the same time

House Bill 1092 passed the Senate by a 30-3 vote, with two members excused. It passed the House by a 44-19 vote, with two members excused in the lower chamber as well.

Politics and Government

Colorado governor, Democrats aim to create new office of early childhood education to streamline services

The agency would be established in July 2022 and house Colorado’s new universal preschool program

Education

Colorado law enforcement may be required to undergo more training after arrest of woman with dementia goes viral

House Bill 1122 aims to boost training for police and sheriff’s deputies on how to interact with people with disabilities. It was broadened after the arrest of Karen Garner in Loveland.

Crime and Courts

Colorado Democrats formally introduce their transportation-fee bill with Republican, business community support

Senate Bill 260 would impose new fees on motorists purchasing gas and diesel fuel, while also adding additional costs to deliveries, rideshare trips and electric vehicle registrations

Transportation

Human remains found in two bears suspected of killing woman near Durango

Wildlife said it's likely the bears would have attacked humans again if they were not euthanized

Outdoors

Colorado governor drops mask mandate for indoor spaces where at least 80% of people are fully vaccinated

Masks are no longer required for gatherings of nine people or fewer in Colorado

Coronavirus

Here’s what you need to know about Democrats’ gun control bills introduced after the King Soopers shooting

The Colorado Sun combed through the three measures to see how they will affect people’s ability to purchase guns and the state’s efforts to reduce gun violence

Politics and Government

Colorado governor threatens to veto bill from fellow Democrats seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

“We're not willing to give dictatorial authority over our economy to one unelected board,” Gov. Jared Polis said.

Environment

Colorado Democrats drop public health insurance option to pursue state-regulated plan instead after industry pushback

An amendment to House Bill 1232 would require private insurers in the state to offer a highly regulated, standardized plan and drive down premium costs by 18% over three years

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