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2021 legislative session

2021 legislative session
2021 legislative session

Colorado’s teacher shortage may worsen coming out of the pandemic. Could $13M stop the trend?

A bipartisan bill seeks to build up the future workforce with middle and high schoolers, veterans and mid-career professionals and keep them in classrooms long term.

Education

Effort to force Colorado to cut greenhouse emissions faster exposes exasperation with Polis administration

“I am highly frustrated where we are now,” Sen. Kerry Donovan, a Vail Democrat, said.

Environment

Colorado wants to help kids move past coronavirus learning challenges. But funding is a big hurdle.

A bipartisan bill seeks to meet the costs of intensive tutoring across districts. Lawmakers say they’ll need more funds from the Colorado Department of Education.

Education

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

Millions more for Colorado K-12 schools? Lawmakers seek court opinion first.

Current Colorado lawmakers want to slowly increase local school district property taxes without a vote. They say it doesn't violate the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights because a generation ago voters agreed to higher rates and state officials improperly lowered them.

Education

Republicans battle for 10 hours against effort to require Coloradans to store guns in safes, with trigger locks

Twelve states have laws requiring safe storage of firearms. The one proposed for Colorado is pitched as a way to reduce suicide rates among teens and deflected as "denied defense."

Politics and Government

The first of 3 gun-safety bills moves ahead in Colorado statehouse debate

Children's Hospital Colorado doctors testify that suicide attempts by teens and young adults are "disproportionately lethal." Opponents argue a bill requiring firearms to be stored safely would make it harder for people to defend their homes.

Politics and Government

Big idea: Colorado governor calls his billion-dollar coronavirus stimulus plan a “one-time opportunity”

Gov. Jared Polis described his plan to jumpstart Colorado’s economy during a forum ahead of the legislative session that begins next week.

Politics and Government

WATCH LIVE: Gov. Jared Polis, state lawmakers join Colorado Sun ahead of 2021 legislative session

Politics and Government

Here’s what to expect as the Colorado legislature starts its 2021 lawmaking term with a “soft open”

The General Assembly plans to consider at least nine bills in a three-day session before adjourning the lawmaking to Feb. 16

Politics and Government