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Nevada farmers and conservationists balk at “water banking,” an idea also being weighed in Colorado

Proponents argue crediting people for conservation will help prevent future shortages and offer water rights holders an option beyond use, abandonment or selling.

Environment

Colorado lawmakers may change when police can intervene in a protest after summer of unrest

Under Senate Bill 31, law enforcement wouldn’t be allowed to break up a demonstration unless there was an imminent threat of violence or significant property damage from “a significant number or percentage of persons acting in concert”

Politics and Government

Colorado governor, legislature will decide whether students take standardized tests during coronavirus

Gov. Jared Polis appears to support moving forward with testing, despite opposition from the state’s largest teachers union. “We believe that these critical measurements will help us build back stronger for Colorado's students,” a spokesman said.

Education

How Democratic control in Washington will influence Democratic control in Colorado — and vice versa

Democrats in the Colorado legislature have spent the past two years responding to President Donald Trump and congressional inaction. With their party in charge of Congress and the White House, it changes their priorities on the state level.

Politics and Government

Small liquor stores in Colorado felt pinched by new alcohol laws. Now more changes are coming.

The impacts from liberalizing the state’s alcohol laws five years ago with the addition of major liquor store chains and beer sales in grocery stores are still being felt

Politics and Government

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

Republicans are trailing Democrats across Colorado. They hope to gain ground with their ground game.

Democrats have rerouted their volunteers and resources toward expanding phone banks and digital ad spending to reach voters in other ways. The GOP thinks that won’t be enough.

Politics and Government

Democrats poised to hold power in the Colorado Senate as Republicans put on the defensive

Republicans face shifting demographics and an unpopular incumbent president in Donald Trump who could drag the GOP ticket down

Politics and Government

Colorado workers must be offered paid sick leave starting next year. Here’s what that means for you.

Senate Bill 205 also will require employers to provide two weeks of paid sick leave to people infected with coronavirus or who must care for a loved one who catches the disease

Politics and Government

Nonprofit cash being spent in Colorado campaigns still impossible to trace despite 2019 law

Outside spenders in Colorado's recent primary found ways around transparency, making money tough to track.

Politics and Government

Coronavirus’ latest victim: Colorado’s election night watch parties

The Democrats running in the U.S. Senate primary will gather with supporters virtually. Political strategists say they’ll be glued to their computers at home -- still dressed up and still having a drink or two.

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers focus on essential workers amid coronavirus, push to make paid sick leave a right for all

Much like the debate on broader paid family leave earlier this session, Colorado business owners and organizations are opposed to new mandates

Politics and Government

Colorado still allows killers to use gay or transgender “panic” defenses. But the strategy could soon be outlawed.

The strategy has recently been outlawed in a number of states, including California, New York and New Jersey. It’s still used in Colorado, though sparingly.

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

Colorado may legalize sports betting with Prop. DD. But a different gambling expansion didn’t make it.

The Joint Budget Committee blocked a request from Gov. Jared Polis’ administration to add 200 Colorado lottery machines at Walmart stores

Politics and Government

Lawmakers are finally setting out to retool Colorado’s school funding formula. They’ll have to reach a consensus on these questions first.

Three key factors influence how much money Colorado’s 178 districts receive per pupil. A committee that’s been stalled for two years may have moved the needle with ways to rebalance funding.

Education

Colorado is spending record sums on transportation. But state highways are getting less.

A partisan split on whether to use state funds to help local governments’ transportation needs foreshadows even more difficult choices down the road

Transportation

Colorado lawmakers won’t finish their calendar. Now Democrats have to decide which bills to let die.

There are hundreds of bills left unresolved in the General Assembly as lawmakers enter the final week of the four-month legislative session

Politics and Government

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

Averting the cut would free up state money that lawmakers could spend on schools and roads, but homeowners would miss out on planned property tax relief

Politics and Government

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

You wanted to know about how citizens can bring bills in the Colorado Capitol, what happens to legislation when it is ruled unconstitutional and more

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