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Steve Fenberg

Steve Fenberg

Here’s what to expect as the Colorado legislature starts its 2021 lawmaking term with a “soft open”

The General Assembly plans to consider at least nine bills in a three-day session before adjourning the lawmaking to Feb. 16

Colorado legislature will delay its full 2021 return until at least February because of coronavirus

The legislature was originally set to reconvene for the 2021 lawmaking term on Jan. 13

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.

Will Colorado’s special legislative session save restaurants? “Probably not,” industry leader says.

However, Sonia Riggs, CEO of the Colorado Restaurant Association, thinks any relief will be beneficial and may be able to help eateries at the margins

Colorado lawmakers will return for special session to address coronavirus relief

Gov. Jared Polis wants lawmakers to take immediate action on elements of his $1.3 billion stimulus package that includes relief for restaurant owners and other small businesses

Democrats hold their majorities at Colorado Capitol but GOP blunts a second blue wave

The next legislative session will look different, and the conversation is sure to focus on addressing the economic fallout from coronavirus

Why Colorado Democrats are trying to unseat the most bipartisan Republican in the legislature

Kevin Priola’s seat in Adams County is a top target for Democrats this year as the party tries to expand their majority in the Colorado Senate

Democrats dominate campaign fundraising and spend big to build majority in the Colorado legislature

A Republican leadership rift is hurting fundraising and one lawmaker blames a “serious strategic error” for some of the troubles

Colorado parolees are now allowed to vote. And advocates are rushing to register them.

A 2019 law gave those convicted of felonies who are out on parole the ability to vote. People convicted of misdemeanors or awaiting trial in Colorado have long been able to vote.

17-year-olds would no longer be able to vote in Colorado primaries if ballot question passes

Amendment 76 will ask voters in November to specify that only U.S. citizens age 18 and older are eligible to participate in Colorado elections

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.

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

Air quality improved slightly during the stay-at-home order. But Colorado still has a serious pollution problem.

Officials have until June 2021 to meet a ground-level ozone compliance deadline set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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

A spate of controversial bills, from tax increases to vaccines, have made the final days frenetic and frustrating to the GOP and business groups.

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.

Colorado lawmakers focus on essential workers amid coronavirus, push to make paid sick leave a right for all

Much like the debate on broader paid family leave earlier this session, Colorado business owners and organizations are opposed to new mandates

“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

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.

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