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Gov. Polis signs Democrats’ sweeping oil and gas bill into law, marking major shift in regulatory authority over drilling

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday signed into law a sweeping oil and gas regulation bill that faced stiff opposition from Republicans and the industry as it made its way through the Colorado legislature. “Today, with the signing of this bill, it is our hope that the oil and gas wars that have enveloped our state […]

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Colorado police agencies now required to release records in internal affairs investigations

By James Anderson, The Associated Press Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation Friday designed to shed light on the conclusions of internal police investigations into alleged officer misconduct by making investigation documents available to the public. The law allows citizens to obtain records of internal affairs investigations, with proper redactions protecting witnesses, victims and others who […]

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Colorado oil and gas overhaul tips power toward local government. How that power is used will vary widely.

Before the city of Thornton adopted a new oil and gas ordinance, it got a letter from the state warning that it was overstepping its bounds. After the ordinance passed, the city was sued by the oil and gas industry. When Longmont adopted an ordinance that blocked oil and gas development in residential areas, it […]

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Coloradans were set to get a property tax cut. Gov. Polis is mulling a workaround to stop it.

Gov. Jared Polis plans to ask lawmakers to forgo an expected statewide property tax cut this year, in a bid to stave off local budget cuts and free up state funding for other priorities. If the gambit succeeds, it would deny Colorado homeowners an estimated 3.5 percent property tax cut they otherwise would have received […]

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We asked our readers for questions about the Colorado legislature. Here are the answers.

As part of our Capitol Sunlight project, aiming to make the Colorado legislature more accessible and understandable to every Coloradan, we fielded questions from you — our readers — about what goes on under the state’s Gold Dome. You didn’t disappoint, with prompts about everything from how to follow the death penalty repeal debate (which […]

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Will Colorado reform its checkerboard of school taxes? Not this year.

By Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat Colorado A proposal that could have allowed Colorado to potentially invest hundreds of millions of dollars more into education by pushing some school districts to raise their taxes fizzled this year after the idea’s chief legislative advocate backed down. “I agonized over this because I truly believe fixing school finance depends […]

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Man barricaded himself inside governor’s office at Capitol before being arrested

A 39-year-old man barricaded himself inside the lobby of the governor’s office at the Colorado Capitol on Tuesday before being tased and arrested by law enforcement officers. Adil Mazmanov was not armed and made no specific threats against Gov. Jared Polis, who was not on the Capitol grounds at the time, said Trooper Josh Lewis, […]