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Politics and Government

State stimulus tracker: We’re keeping tabs on Colorado lawmakers’ $800 million coronavirus aid package

The spending affects everything from transportation projects to mental health initiatives and helping the agriculture sector deal with drought

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers move closer to prohibiting certain animals from being used in traveling performances

If Senate Bill 135 becomes law, the violation would be considered a misdemeanor and carry a fine between $250 to $1,000

Politics and Government

Closing all of Xcel’s coal-fired power plants will cost Colorado consumers $1.4 billion

Shuttering plants to meet the state’s greenhouse gas emissions goals carries a hefty price tag, including costs of bonds to finance the wind down

Energy

How expensive is it to call Colorado jails and prisons? Lawmakers want to find out.

Two companies, Securus and Global Tel Link, dominate the market for phone services at correctional facilities. Lawmakers have a plan to force transparency into the costs to families and inmates.

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers send two bills tightening gun regulations to Gov. Polis, who will sign them into law

The legislation, Senate Bill 78 and House Bill 1106, would require people to store their guns with a trigger lock or in a gun safe in many situations and also mandate they report to police if one of their firearms is lost or stolen

Politics and Government

Colorado prisons have strict limits on when they can place inmates in solitary confinement. Jails could be next.

New legislation would require local jails to keep youth and people with certain medical or mental health conditions out of solitary confinement, with strict rules on when those individuals can be housed in isolation.

Politics and Government

Where did they get the guns? A comprehensive look at Colorado’s history of public gun violence.

After the shooting at a Boulder King Soopers, The Colorado Sun researched the guns involved in the state’s long history with mass murder and school threats.

Crime and Courts

More than 30 people applied to be Denver Public Schools’ new superintendent

The seven-member school board is ultimately responsible for hiring the superintendent. Board members have said they’re aiming to choose a new district leader by June

Education

Colorado is on track to take its most significant step toward a Front Range passenger train system

Senate Bill 238 would create a special taxation district along the Interstate 25 corridor to fund the initiative

Transportation

Former state Rep. Rochelle Galindo acquitted of charge that she provided alcohol to a minor

Galindo, a Democrat, stepped down less than a year into her term representing Weld County amid a sexual assault allegation and as Republicans were attempting to recall her

Politics and Government

Gun control groups are investing millions in Colorado as gun rights spending has dramatically waned

More than $10 million in spending made a difference in upsetting three congressional incumbents over the past decade. State-level allocations also moved the needle.

Politics and Government

Colorado Tourism Office boss suddenly shown the door to dismay of officials across the state

During her 6 years at the helm, Cathy Ritter pioneered a national movement toward sustainable tourism. Pat Meyers, Colorado’s new director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, dismissed her on his first day.

Business

President Biden will regulate gun device possibly used in Boulder shooting, make it more difficult to buy

Guns with so-called stabilizing braces will be added to the list of weapons and devices regulated under the National Firearms Act. That means buyers will have pay an extra $200 and submit more identifying information to the government

Politics and Government

Colorado already allows prescription drug imports from Canada. Lawmakers want to open it up to more countries.

Colorado and 11 other states want to expand programs to directly import medications, most of which are manufactured in other countries. The law passed in 2019 to allow Canadian imports hasn't yet been implemented.

Health

Colorado is on track to give teens three free therapy sessions to help them cope with coronavirus

House Bill 1258 sets aside $9 million for the historic effort that would be available for Coloradans 18 and under through June 2022

Health

How bad are Coloradans at recycling? Chaffee County contractor closed its free sites over bad actors, slim profits

Angel of Shavano closes this week, leaving locals to pay waste haulers for curbside recycling if they want to keep the service

Business

8 big things you need to know about Colorado’s $34 billion state budget

The legislature has hundreds of millions more to spend than it was anticipating after Colorado’s economy fared better than expected during the pandemic.

Politics and Government

What is and isn’t allowed in Colorado when it comes to compelling people to get a coronavirus vaccine

No one at the moment is pushing for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, either at the state or federal levels. But businesses and Gov. Jared Polis’ administration are trying out incentives.

Coronavirus

Denver Public Schools board initiates outside investigation into Tay Anderson sexual assault allegations

On Tuesday, the seven-member Denver school board said it “looks forward to an independent view of the facts"

Education

Colorado effort to significantly reduce student tickets and arrests is withdrawn by sponsors

Senate Bill 182 would have prevented all students from being referred to police, ticketed, or arrested for misdemeanors, petty offenses, and municipal code violations

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