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Colorado General Assembly

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Colorado General Assembly

Colorado Democrats want to use one of TABOR’s most effective tax-halting mechanisms for themselves

House Bill 1321 comes as progressives have all but given up on doing away with TABOR, the 1992 constitutional amendment that has served as a third rail in Colorado politics ever since its passage

Politics and Government

Colorado Democrats’ health care bill seeks to reduce insurance premiums. No one is sure exactly how.

House Bill 1232 narrowly passed out of a committee in the state Senate on Wednesday

Health

“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 governor signs $34 billion budget into law, setting aside historic reserves and funding $800M stimulus package

The budget does not include $3.8 billion in federal coronavirus stimulus money heading to Colorado as part of the American Rescue Plan

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

Democrats advance historic slate of legislation to aid Colorado’s unauthorized immigrants, roll back restrictions

Senate Bill 199 would repeal language barring immigrants in the U.S. illegally from accessing state and local public benefits. It’s among several bills that would affect Colorado immigrants.

Politics and Government

Threatening an elected official in Colorado may soon land you in prison as lawmakers push to protect public workers

Elected officials and their families have faced death threats and harassment. Senate Bill 64 would create a specific crime of threatening an elected official in Colorado.

Politics and Government

Colorado Democrats shelve effort to impose a gun-purchase waiting period this year

Even without the waiting-period measure, the 2021 legislative session in Colorado will be one of the state’s most significant with regard to gun control

Politics and Government

Colorado governor, Democrats aim to create new office of early childhood education to streamline services

The agency would be established in July 2022 and house Colorado’s new universal preschool program

Education

Colorado law enforcement may be required to undergo more training after arrest of woman with dementia goes viral

House Bill 1122 aims to boost training for police and sheriff’s deputies on how to interact with people with disabilities. It was broadened after the arrest of Karen Garner in Loveland.

Crime and Courts

Colorado education interests spend millions on lobbying. Most of it goes toward retaining, gaining funding.

Colleges and universities are among top individual spenders, but K-12 groups spend more overall

Education

Here’s what you need to know about Democrats’ gun control bills introduced after the King Soopers shooting

The Colorado Sun combed through the three measures to see how they will affect people’s ability to purchase guns and the state’s efforts to reduce gun violence

Politics and Government

Dark-money group spends record amount lobbying against Colorado Democrats’ effort to shrink health care costs

Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, funded by hospitals, insurers and other business groups, is now the top single-year Colorado lobbying client for any year since 2011 — and possibly ever

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers send governor bill limiting what information has to be released on applicants for top public jobs

The Senate passed the bipartisan bill by a 28-7 vote on Wednesday, sending it to Gov. Jared Polis

Politics and Government

Colorado Democrats drop public health insurance option to pursue state-regulated plan instead after industry pushback

An amendment to House Bill 1232 would require private insurers in the state to offer a highly regulated, standardized plan and drive down premium costs by 18% over three years

Politics and Government

What the heck is going on with Colorado Democrats’ public health insurance option bill?

House Bill 1232, a top priority of Gov. Jared Polis, has been the subject of weeks of still-unresolved negotiations between lawmakers, hospitals and others in the health care industry

Health

Should states set pot policy by its potency? Some, including a Colorado lawmaker, say yes

In Colorado, where cannabis concentrates average 69% potency, state Rep. Dr. Yadira Caraveo is considering proposing a potency cap. It's a public health issue, she says.

Politics and Government

Colorado’s governor just signed two gun control bills into law. Here’s what they mean for gun owners.

House Bill 1106 places requirements on how guns are stored and sold. Senate Bill 78 places new reporting requirements on gun owners whose weapons are lost or stolen.

Politics and Government

Republican state lawmaker, in speech on Colorado House floor, says 18th century slavery policy didn’t impugn humanity

State Rep. Ron Hanks told The Associated Press that video of his comments was manipulated to make a point he didn’t make

Politics and Government

Colorado will finally get hundreds off the waitlist for disabilities services. But not everyone.

The average wait time was 15 years. Then eight. Now, lawmakers are poised to spend $15.5 million to fund 667 spots in the disability program.

Health
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