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

Colorado law enforcement would be barred from breaking up a protest unless there is an imminent threat of violence or major property damage from a “significant” number of people acting in unison, under legislation introduced Tuesday at the state legislature. Senate Bill 31 comes in response to unrest last summer following the killing of George […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, Health, News, Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers demand counties comply with coronavirus restrictions to access relief money

Colorado lawmakers are trying to use coronavirus relief dollars as a way to persuade counties to follow Gov. Jared Polis’ COVID-19 restrictions.  A bipartisan bill that won preliminary approval on Monday, the first day of a special legislative session, would withhold direct-aid payments to small businesses and arts organizations in counties that refuse to comply […]

Posted inBusiness, Election 2020, News, Politics and Government

Rewrite of Gallagher Amendment repeal explanation in Colorado’s state-issued voter guide leads to lawsuit

A group opposing a question on the November ballot to repeal Colorado’s Gallagher Amendment has filed a lawsuit against state lawmakers who made sweeping changes last week to language about the initiative in the state-issued voter guide.  Protect Our Homes Colorado, the group opposing Amendment B, is seeking to stop the printing of the so-called […]

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Colorado’s 2015 law changing how officer-involved shootings are reviewed still lets police agencies investigate themselves

Five years ago, Colorado lawmakers passed a bill that banned police departments and sheriff’s officers from investigating themselves without any outside assistance after one of their officers or deputies shoots someone.  But here’s the hitch: the legislation, Senate Bill 219, specifically states “shooting,” meaning it doesn’t apply if someone dies at the hands of law […]

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Chaos and compromise: Colorado’s coronavirus legislative session ends with a flurry of big bills

The Colorado Capitol was mostly empty as the state legislature took a two-month coronavirus pause this spring. The work, though, didn’t actually stop. Behind the scenes, mostly via video calls on Zoom, lawmakers were figuring out how to deal with a host of new issues related to the pandemic, chief among them: how to balance […]

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Colorado has had 201 police-related deaths since 2014. Lawmakers want a better way to investigate them.

From 2014 to 2019, Colorado law enforcement officers shot 309 people, 189 of them fatally, and all but two of those shootings were deemed justified by prosecutors or grand juries. So far in 2020, officers have shot and killed 12 people. That placed the state fifth in the nation for the highest rate of fatal […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: More price controls are the wrong Rx for health care in Colorado

While impeachment dominates the national news cycle, one policy debate lingers just below the surface: how to deal with “surprise medical bills.”  One proposal would use the heavy hand of government to impose price controls on treatments subject to surprise billing. Doctors and providers are adamantly opposed, favoring alternative solutions. Over the summer and fall, millions […]

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A partisan lawsuit is looming over Colorado’s 2020 legislative session — and getting costly for taxpayers

Democrats see Colorado’s 2020 legislative session as an opportunity to reset their relationship with statehouse Republicans. But looming large is bad blood from last year’s lawmaking term that is central to an unresolved — and expensive — lawsuit. A lawsuit filed in 2019 by Republicans in the state Senate against the Democratic majority is still […]

Posted inPolitics and Government, Transportation

Before Colorado’s legislative session starts, transportation spending sits at impasse and frustration is mounting

The Colorado General Assembly convenes Wednesday at a familiar impasse about how to improve the state’s roads and reduce traffic congestion – one that appears headed for more political theatrics this session. The Democratic majority is reiterating their position that new revenue through taxes or fees is required to meet the state’s roughly $9 billion […]

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Gov. Polis said he wanted to close a private prison. GEO Group beat him to it, leaving Colorado scrambling.

After months of saying it wanted to close a private prison in Colorado Springs, the Polis administration got the surprise news on Tuesday that GEO Group will be shuttering the facility on its own, leaving hundreds of inmates and employees in limbo.  GEO announced it will close the Cheyenne Mountain Reentry Center in just 60 […]