KC Becker

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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.

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George Floyd has revived a Colorado effort to change how police-involved deaths are investigated

Stalled legislation born out of the fatal Colorado Springs police shooting of 19-year-old De’von Bailey last year may now get a second look in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and protests in Denver.

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“It feels like my back is up against a wall”: Why a handful of Colorado lawmakers are afraid to come to the Capitol

The Colorado legislature began allowing remote voting and participation this week after a partisan fight over whether to allow the practice.

“It’s an 11 on the weird scale”: Colorado legislature makes an awkward return to the Capitol

A series of health and safety protocols reshaped what lawmaking looked like in the General Assembly as lawmakers restarted the legislative session

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How Colorado lawmakers closed a $3 billion shortfall to balance the budget and why it led to tears

The Joint Budget Committee finalized how to spend $11 billion in discretionary spending ahead of the legislative session’s restart

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Colorado governor announces distribution of $1.6 billion in federal coronavirus aid; most of it directed to education

The money was given to Colorado through the passage of the CARES Act. Legislative leaders cautioned that the money won’t solve the state’s budget problems.

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Colorado legislature delays its return date until late May to allow more time to balance budget

The General Assembly was originally set to resume the 2020 legislative session on May 18 after taking a months-long pause because of the new coronavirus

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Coloradans in the U.S. illegally — and their citizen families — were denied coronavirus aid. Will the state step in?

Democratic lawmakers and advocates want to follow California’s lead and offer assistance regardless of citizenship status