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Julie Gonzales

Julie Gonzales

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.

Colorado Democrats unveil details of their coronavirus relief plans for the special legislative session

Democrats, who are in the majority, are prioritizing eight bills for the lawmaking term that begins Monday. The aid totals about $200 million, with an additional $100 million to help Colorado's public health response.

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.

“We have nowhere to go”: Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans at risk of eviction

For one Aurora family, eviction could come as soon as this week. The case against them was filed before Gov. Jared Polis’ executive order pausing evictions went into effect.

10 major issues being decided in the final hours of Colorado’s 2020 legislative session

State lawmakers have been busy in the final days of an odd, abbreviated lawmaking term. Here are the big-ticket items that you’ll want to know about.

Effort to give Colorado child sex assault survivors unlimited time to sue abusers is rejected

House Bill 1296, brought in the wake of a damning report on Colorado’s Catholic church, was set aside at the request of one of its prime sponsors in the hopes of bringing future legislation that will also benefit past survivors of abuse. The decision to sideline the measure drew disappointment.

Opinion: Coronavirus cast a light, but injustice was already here

Governor issues directive barring Colorado agencies from helping with federal immigration enforcement

The executive guidance signed Wednesday by Jared Polis prevents U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from gathering people’s personal information from the state unless agents have a court order or are investigating a crime

State lawmakers, Denver council members urge governor to do more to help homeless through coronavirus

Eighteen lawmakers and a handful of other elected officials on Saturday sent Gov. Jared Polis a letter to mobilize the National Guard to help and dramatically increase available motel and hotel spaces for people to self-isolate/quarantine

Colorado to consider bill similar to one that prompted DHS to cut off “trusted-traveler” programs for New Yorkers

State lawmakers will weigh whether to limit what personal information state agencies, including the Division of Motor Vehicles, can release to other governmental organizations, like U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Colorado lawmakers move closer to repealing death penalty after emotional debate

Senate Bill 100 received initial approval after a six-hour debate in the Democratic-led Colorado Senate with vocal opposition from Sen. Rhonda Fields, whose son was killed by two of the three men on the state's death row

Colorado’s 2020 legislative session begins this week. Here’s a rundown of 10 issues to watch.

The state legislature’s break-neck pace from 2019 may not return, but expect fierce debates over health care, criminal justice, guns and transportation

Opinion: Let’s target tax cuts that help lift Colorado families out of poverty

Spring Café linked refugees with state lawmakers. A shortage of immigrants means the Denver coffee shop will close.

Spring Café's operators say they can’t find new refugee arrivals to fill jobs at the coffee shop, citing a decrease in people resettling in Colorado under the Trump administration

Colorado’s 2019 legislative session was a doozy, from Democrats’ growing pains to a blabbermouth GOP strategy

The Capitol was embroiled in its wildest lawmaking term in years -- one that saw Democrats learning their way, lawsuits, overnight work and some big policies that will change Colorado

An effort to ensure Colorado police and sheriffs aren’t carrying out federal immigration law has drawn Polis’ concerns

House Bill 1124 codifies a court ruling preventing jails from holding people just on immigration offenses and would prevent Colorado police from working on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But it started out much more sweeping

Colorado death penalty repeal effort is yanked, with Democratic votes in question

Democrats have tried and failed to repeal the death penalty five times in Colorado since 2000

It’s the Year of the Renter at the Colorado statehouse, from rent control to less stringent eviction timelines

Several bills are on Colorado Democrats’ agenda to fix what tenants call an imbalance of power, while landlords say too much, too fast could worsen housing crisis

Split among Democrats on two major issues comes as Colorado’s legislative session heads into final sprint

The paid parental and family leave bill, as well as a measure to abolish Colorado’s death penalty, have been delayed by internal party concerns

A one-day sentencing reduction for some Colorado crimes would help legal immigrants avoid deportation

Under current Colorado law, a Class 2 misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of a year. By reducing that to 364 days, people with visas or permanent legal status would be protected from facing mandatory deportation proceedings.

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