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Climate bills have drawn the most lobbying in Colorado’s 2022 legislative session

Efforts to address climate change are among the most lobbied measures at the Capitol this year as a host of businesses and nonprofits seek to pass, block or amend them. Five of the top 10 lobbied bills this year at the General Assembly address greenhouse gas emissions, according to a Colorado Sun analysis of lobbying […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

Some Colorado lawmakers want ski resorts to report injuries and fatalities

Etthan Mañon was ready to tackle the main run at Echo Mountain after skiing several laps on the beginner hill.  The 18-year-old was with a bunch of family, in town from the Dominican Republic for the Christmas holidays and skiing for the first time in his life.  “He was doing great. Controlled turns and stopping. […]

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Colorado’s hair discrimination law — the CROWN Act — goes into effect

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America A Colorado law aimed at protecting workers and students from discrimination against race-based hair traits went into effect Monday. The law, also known as the “CROWN Act” was passed by lawmakers in March and aims to prevent hair-related discrimination in public education, employment practices, housing, public accommodations […]

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Colorado’s red flag gun law was used 73 times in its first 7 months. Here’s how the rollout has gone.

In the seven months after Colorado’s red flag gun law went into effect in January, allowing judges to order the temporary seizure of firearms from some people deemed a significant risk to themselves or others, there were 73 cases filed across 19 counties. Proponents say the data, collected by the state’s court system, shows the […]

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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 […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government, Wildfire

Joe Neguse wants to direct billions to public lands to help Western states recover from coronavirus

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse on Thursday introduced comprehensive legislation that aims to help Western economies better recover from the pandemic while addressing long standing conservation, forest management and wildfire challenges on public lands.  The Boulder County Democrat’s 21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Our Jobs Act is a mouthful and a big ask. […]

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Colorado’s coronavirus lawmaking term was supposed to be subdued. But it’s just as wild as ever.

Three F-words were supposed to define the last three weeks of the legislative session, a down-to-business, do-what’s-necessary lawmaking term that followed a two-month halt because of coronavirus. Fast. Friendly. Free. That was the vow of House Speaker KC Becker, a Boulder Democrat.  Major controversial policies were set aside, like a statewide paid family-leave program, a […]