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Colorado lawmakers blocked some misdemeanor offenders from buying guns. They also made it OK for some felons to own them.

The change to Colorado’s felon-in-possession law was made through Senate Bill 271, a 304-page measure that mostly made changes to the state’s misdemeanor code

Politics and Government
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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

Opinion: Thanks to Colorado’s legislature, Gov. Polis for tackling tax policies that used to only benefit the wealthy and large businesses

We look forward to seeing these tax code changes boost incomes for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans, encourage increased job creation, and support overall economic growth.

Opinion Columns

Colorado governor signs wave of criminal justice bills into law, including ketamine measure spurred by Elijah McClain’s death

The legislation Gov. Jared Polis signed on Tuesday includes measures aimed at reducing burdensome court fees and the fallout that families in poverty can face when they don’t pay them

Crime and Courts

Colorado Democrats are heading into the 2022 election cycle in a position of strength, poll shows

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet lead a generic Republican candidate, the survey shows, and generic Democratic statehouse candidates would beat their GOP counterparts.

Politics and Government

House Republican Leader Hugh McKean: 2 bills that show how Colorado Democrats fought against you

At a time of economic turmoil, with skyrocketing cost of living, inflation, and high unemployment, Democrats’ policies are prolonging the pain.

Opinion Columns

Colorado governor vetoes two bills dealing with off-highway vehicles, transportation funding

Jared Polis rejected House Bills 1024 and 1196, his second and third vetoes of measures passed during the 2021 legislative session

Politics and Government

Opinion: Colorado lawmakers could have reformed how we deal with sex offenders. Instead they kicked the can down the road.

Yes, those who have been convicted of sex offenses need to face criminal penalties. However, if they are to have a chance at rehabilitation, then treatment plans must be determined by mental-health experts.

Opinion Columns

Grand Junction high school prepares to retire Warrior mascot as Polis signs prohibition into law

Schools have until June 2022 to retire mascots that use Native American images or names. If they don't, they can be fined $25,000 a month.

Politics and Government

Sen. Buckner, Reps. Esgar and Ricks: Our legislation aims to bring accountability and transparency to the insurance industry

So many of us are working to eliminate injustice in our world. It certainly seems fair to ask insurance companies to do their part.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Colorado marijuana business leaders worked with lawmakers to shape bill to protect youth

But are there still significant shortcomings in the final bill that lawmakers passed? Yes. Many, in fact.

Opinion Columns

Redistricting will reshape Colorado politics. But only 12 lobbyists have disclosed their work to influence the process.

Though only a few lobbyists have registered, multiple groups are offering their opinions on what Colorado’s congressional and legislative maps should look like

Politics and Government

Opinion: The Colorado legislature’s big health care bill will worsen health disparities for African Americans

It is disappointing that lawmakers rushed to advance this legislation without understanding the larger implications. They would be wise to go back to the drawing board.

Opinion Columns

Colorado lawmakers passed 502 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

Jim Morrissey: Colorado’s got this one in the bag

Opinion

5 big tax bills Colorado lawmakers passed this year that will affect your wallet

Significant changes were made to property tax rates, tax loopholes and tax credits that will affect the wallets of people across the state

Politics and Government

Five moments that defined Colorado’s 2021 legislative session

This year’s 120-day lawmaking session was delayed by coronavirus, boosted by billions in federal stimulus dollars and drew outrage over racist remarks.

Politics and Government

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 approve effort to give past child sex assault victims a chance to sue their abusers, institutions

Senate Bill 88 would give survivors of abuse after 1960 for whom the civil statute of limitations has expired the ability to file lawsuits during a three-year window starting Jan. 1, 2022

Crime and Courts

Get ready for plastic and paper bag fees in Colorado — and say goodbye to styrofoam

Plastic bags would only be available in limited situations under House Bill 1162, a measure from Colorado Democrats aiming to drive down waste

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