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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

Colorado lawmakers move closer to prohibiting certain animals from being used in traveling performances

If Senate Bill 135 becomes law, the violation would be considered a misdemeanor and carry a fine between $250 to $1,000

Politics and Government

8 big things you need to know about Colorado’s $34 billion state budget

The legislature has hundreds of millions more to spend than it was anticipating after Colorado’s economy fared better than expected during the pandemic.

Politics and Government

After decades of debate, Colorado will give sex assault victims unlimited time to sue their abusers

Senate Bill 73 is on its way to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk and would eliminate Colorado’s six-year statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers are creating a fund to raise teacher pay. But they’re not putting any money in it.

Think of it like a pressure point for state lawmakers, who no longer will be able to solely blame districts for teacher pay if Senate Bill 172 passes

Education

Nonprofit launches $1 million TV ad buy against Colorado Democrats’ public health insurance option proposal

Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, whose members include hospitals and private insurance companies, spent nearly $5 million in 2020 to attack a similar measure abandoned after coronavirus struck

Politics and Government

The Colorado Capitol’s hallways are where dealmaking happens. Coronavirus has emptied them.

The most powerful people at the statehouse this year will be those with a coronavirus vaccination and a deep Rolodex. Lobbyists fear that the pandemic will only serve to intensify the power dynamics at the Colorado Capitol

Politics and Government

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

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers will get access to COVID-19 vaccine ahead of thousands of others in second phase

Republicans are wary of the plan, with one GOP lawmaker saying he will wait to get inoculated because he feels he is cutting in line

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers water down requirement that counties comply with coronavirus restrictions to get aid

On the final day of Colorado’s special legislative session, during which 10 bills were passed, Democrats in the General Assembly backtracked on one of the most controversial aspects of their $200 million-plus relief package

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers’ coronavirus aid plans include distributing $22.5 million in taxpayer money through nonprofits

Democrats claim that sending the money through non-governmental organizations will ensure it is distributed quickly. Republicans worry about plans to send aid to people living in the U.S. illegally.

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Will Colorado’s special legislative session save restaurants? “Probably not,” industry leader says.

However, Sonia Riggs, CEO of the Colorado Restaurant Association, thinks any relief will be beneficial and may be able to help eateries at the margins

Politics and Government

Colorado’s special legislative session on coronavirus relief set to begin Nov. 30

The special session will come only about a month before state lawmakers were set to convene on Jan. 13 for their normal legislative term.

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Colorado Democrats debate need for diversity in selecting their statehouse leadership

The debate among Democrats in the House and Senate reflected the heightened importance of diversity within the Democratic Party following a summer of social unrest around race and police abuse

Politics and Government

Scathing audit criticizes Colorado board on treating sex offenders

The audit said members of the Sex Offender Management Board voted on policy revisions that benefited their firms, did not reference supporting evidence when setting standards as required and did not adequately investigate complaints against treatment providers

Crime and Courts

Coronavirus bills push lobbying to record total in Colorado. Here’s a look at the big spenders.

Legislation to require paid sick leave for workers amid the pandemic drew intense lobbying in the final weeks before session ended in June, a Colorado Sun analysis shows.

Politics and Government

Denver gives state troopers ability to enforce city laws around Capitol, governor’s mansion at Polis’ request

The move gives the Colorado State Patrol more leeway to stop graffiti and address encampments on state-owned land in Denver. It comes as a growing number of people camp out near state-owned buildings.

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

Conservative group backing Colorado’s national popular vote measure fueled by out-of-state money, tied to Democrats

The campaign manager for Conservatives for Yes on National Popular, which is running ads in Colorado in support of the controversial law, declined to name a Republican in the state who has endorsed the measure

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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
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