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Colorado lawmakers passed 508 bills during this year’s legislative session. Here are 65 you need to know about.

The measures include six gun control bills, new cannabis regulations and a policy inspired by Elijah McClain’s death

Politics and Government

Governor says Colorado is “bruised, battered and shaken,” but will be built back better than before

The biggest policy proposal Jared Polis introduced during his third State of the State speech, which we annotated, was around taxes

Politics and Government

Emails show negotiations involving Colorado governor, cigarette giant that led to tobacco tax hike

The emails obtained by The Sun were included in lawsuits filed in Denver District Court and federal court against Gov. Jared Polis and backed by the discount cigarette company Liggett Vector Brands Inc. seeking to invalidate a minimum-price clause in Proposition EE

Politics and Government

Colorado’s hair discrimination law — the CROWN Act — goes into effect

The Colorado law also redefines the characteristics of discrimination to include “hairtexture, hairtype, or a protective hairstyle that is commonly or historically associated with race."

Politics and Government

Colorado’s red flag gun law was used 73 times in its first 7 months. Here’s how the rollout has gone.

Denver County saw the highest number of red flag cases at 25. El Paso and Jefferson counties were tied for second with eight cases each.

Crime and Courts

Gov. Jared Polis vetoes pair of bills dealing with license plates, regulating private investigators

Colorado's governor vetoed Senate Bill 51 and House Bill 1207

Politics and Government

Colorado’s 2015 law changing how officer-involved shootings are reviewed still lets police agencies investigate themselves

State lawmakers and prosecutors are vowing to push for and support changes after questions from The Colorado Sun about the measure

Sun Investigation

Effort to boost Colorado’s vaccination rates heads to governor’s desk after deal

Senate BIll 163 won final approval in the Colorado Senate and House on Saturday after days of fierce debate at the Capitol and opposition from Republicans

Politics and Government

The big tax change in Colorado’s school finance act, explained

To head off a deepening crisis and address longstanding problems in school funding, Colorado lawmakers are trying to find a way to reset school district property taxes around the state

Education

Colorado legislature delays its return date until late May to allow more time to balance budget

The General Assembly was originally set to resume the 2020 legislative session on May 18 after taking a months-long pause because of the new coronavirus

Politics and Government

The effort to ban flavored vaping products, menthol cigarettes in Colorado now has a big asterisk

Menthol cigarettes, which would have been banned under the original legislation, account for more than 20% of cigarette sales in Colorado. Outlawing them would have been an enormous tax revenue hit

Politics and Government

Child sex abuse survivors victimized decades ago won’t be able to sue despite Colorado effort to end statute of limitations

House BIll 1296’s sponsors said they didn’t think they could pass a measure if it was retroactive

Crime and Courts

Republican anti-LGBTQ bills at the Colorado Capitol test: Where does the party stand?

A number of GOP members of the statehouse declined to talk about the measures. Several who did said they disagree with the slate of legislation.

Politics and Government

Colorado wants to ensure teachers know how to teach reading. But some say proposed rules lack teeth and transparency.

Critics say that kind of case-by-case internal review leaves the public in the dark about what gets the state’s stamp of approval and what doesn’t

Education

A Colorado lawmaker brought a short-term rental bill he never intended to pass. It created an uproar.

Dozens of lobbyists and lobbying firms are working on the bill, the short-term rental industry is urging people to flood the Colorado Capitol, and affordable housing advocates and local governments are celebrating

Politics and Government

Judge denies gun seizure of Colorado officer’s guns under red flag law

Susan Holmes said there was a credible risk of unlawful or reckless use of a firearm by Colorado State University police Officer Phillip Morris because he threatened and killed her son, Jeremy Holmes

Crime and Courts

A partisan lawsuit is looming over Colorado’s 2020 legislative session — and getting costly for taxpayers

Republicans in the state Senate last year sued Democrats when they used several computers to speed-read legislation GOP lawmakers wanted to be read at length. The legal action remains ongoing.

Politics and Government

Colorado poised to revisit murder law that can send people to prison for life — even when they didn’t kill anyone

A Democratic state senator wants to change the penalties for violating Colorado’s felony murder law to take life in prison without the possibility of parole off the table

Crime and Courts

If Congress doesn’t raise the tobacco-purchasing age to 21, Colorado lawmakers next year will try to

A pair of Democrats have already been working on legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the state, which is currently 18 years old

Politics and Government

A Snapchat video of a 13-year-old boy’s suicide roiled a Colorado town — and left police chasing social media ghosts

Multiple middle-schoolers in the small community of Dacono reported watching a video of Von Mercado's death — that then vanished from their phones — frustrating officials and leading to a new state law.

Health
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