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Colorado lawmakers reconvene to consider stimulus plan, but experts question the cost to the state

Gov. Jared Polis put forward a $1.3 billion stimulus plan and called a special legislative session to take the steps to help unemployed and businesses

Is Colorado leading or lagging on climate policy? It depends on which states you’re comparing us to.

On the one hand, the state has adopted some of the most ambitious climate laws in the county; on the other, critics say Gov. Jared Polis’ administration has failed to use the laws to their fullest.

Democratic lawmakers, officials from oil and gas- dependent areas of Colorado clash on first day of rulemaking

State legislators and county commissioners butted heads over the role of local governments in approving drilling locations on the first day of a six-week process

Oil and gas does about-face as six-week overhaul of Colorado drilling regulations begins

Operators for years groused about the danger of a “patchwork” of regulations. Now they’re focused on letting local governments have control.

5 new insights into Gov. Jared Polis’ coronavirus response and how COVID-19 is affecting Colorado

The Polis administration was called before state lawmakers on Tuesday to talk about its spending and policy decisions around the pandemic

As the financial crisis hits Colorado, PERA’s new oversight commission is sidelined

Top Colorado lawmakers said the move was intended to save $100,000 in the $30.3 billion state budget, but critics suggest it's a bad idea

Colorado may have missed a deadline to plan for reducing greenhouse gasses. Now the state faces a lawsuit.

Some critics say what is lacking is a lead from Gov. Jared Polis

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

Democrats compromised with business groups, the governor and Republicans to push policies forward and tackle an unprecedented three-week lawmaking term

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.

Colorado Democrats unveil plan for $70 million in federal coronavirus aid, including small business loans and renter help

Republicans say they were not consulted on the state’s CARES Act spending once again.

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.

“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

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

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.

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

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

Democrats in the Colorado legislature jostle over whether they must return to the Capitol to continue their coronavirus pause

Senate Democrats hoped to avoid returning to the General Assembly because of the public safety threat. House Democrats felt they needed to be at the Capitol in person to avoid legal troubles.

Colorado’s legislature won’t resume Monday as planned. It’s an open question when they will return.

Top lawmakers at the Capitol are awaiting a Colorado Supreme Court ruling on how to proceed, but they’re also beginning to eye a special legislative session as a remedy to the coronavirus pause.

Colorado lawmakers upend the legislative session with decision to adjourn. Here’s what comes next.

Questions persist on whether the legislative session will resume, and how much lawmaking will take place in private in the interim

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