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Alec Garnett

Alec Garnett
Alec Garnett

Despite partisan rhetoric at the Colorado Capitol, just 4.4% of bills this year passed along purely party lines

The analysis, the second such study conducted by The Colorado Sun in three years, once again indicates more bipartisanship in the Colorado General Assembly than might be expected

Politics and Government

Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Colorado law limiting the sale of medical marijuana concentrates

House Bill 1317, which passed the legislature with broad bipartisan support, is aimed at curbing illegal teen use of cannabis products that are high in THC

Politics and Government

Opinion: When it comes to protecting Colorado kids, is the marijuana industry in or out?

It’s surprising when an industry leader references many “significant shortcomings” in a recently passed compromise bill on high-potency THC.

Opinion Columns

Democrats pursued a no-policy-left-behind mantra for Colorado’s 2021 legislative session

Much of Democrats’ policy agenda was heavily amended, but it passed with very limited exceptions. “I think we’ve hit our stride,” said Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, a Boulder Democrat.

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers’ effort to curb illegal use of high-potency marijuana by teens is stoking privacy concerns

House Bill 1317 would track how much medical pot patients buy to enforce daily limits. Some are concerned about the state keeping the data secure.

Politics and Government

Housing, workforce development, infrastructure: How Colorado Democrats plan to spend $3.8B in federal aid

About $2 billion will be allocated before the 2021 legislative session ends by June 12.

Politics and Government

“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

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

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

Colorado lawmakers, governor unveil $700M state economic stimulus plan. Here’s where the money will go.

The money lawmakers are using to pay for the state stimulus plan comes from unexpected tax revenue.

Politics and Government

Indigenous students say they need more from Colorado universities. An in-state tuition bill is a first step.

Senate Bill 29 would require higher education institutions in Colorado to charge in-state tuition to any student who is part of a federally recognized American Indian tribe that lived within the state. Fort Lewis College already waives tuition for Indigenous students.

Education

As Colorado legislature reconvenes, leaders pledge funds for K-12, higher education

Lawmakers plan to triage pandemic problems and hope to get back on track after a tumultuous 2020. For education, that means replacing money cut to balance the budget last year.

Education

Colorado’s governor wants a big, fast coronavirus stimulus package. State lawmakers worry about the details.

The situation echoes of the yearslong tug of war between the governor and Democratic budget writers that began soon after Jared Polis assumed office

Politics and Government

Colorado’s marijuana industry flexed its big muscles and now an effort to limit pot potency is unraveling

State Rep. Yadira Caraveo, a Democrat who is pushing the policy, is tamping down the measure and stripping out clauses in response to outcry from those working in cannabis

Politics and Government

Colorado’s Water Plan has made progress toward ensuring supply, but the work’s far from done

Five years in, accelerating climate change and rapid population growth, not to mention a shortage of funding, have made the Colorado Water Plan's vision for the future more complex.

Environment

U.S. Census delays are threatening to upend Colorado’s new redistricting process

Legislative and congressional districts in the state are supposed to be redrawn this year by new, independent commissions approved by voters in 2018. But Census Bureau problems mean the panels are unlikely to meet their constitutionally mandated deadlines.

Politics and Government

Colorado sports betting is popular enough to quickly benefit state water projects after all

Gov. Jared Polis’ administration thought sports wagering would get off to a slow start, limiting payments to Colorado’s Water Plan until at least the second full year of betting

Environment

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

Colorado lawmakers promise enrollment drop won’t hurt school funding

Colorado school districts reported a 3.3% overall enrollment decline this year, as well as decreases in the number of students eligible for subsidized lunches, a measure of poverty. Both numbers influence school funding.

Education

Colorado legislature will delay its full 2021 return until at least February because of coronavirus

The legislature was originally set to reconvene for the 2021 lawmaking term on Jan. 13

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