Marianne Goodland

Bill to clarify state engineer’s authority passes House Ag

The Colorado Statesman

A battle pitting landowners protecting their water rights against oil and gas companies that want to avoid getting water permits may be heating up at the Capitol.

Nancy Spence, on her own

The Colorado Statesman

The first bill she ever carried was on education, and it’s a safe bet that the last bill she’ll carry at the General Assembly will be on education, too.

Sen. Nancy Spence, R-Centennial, was first elected to the House in 1998, to the Senate for the 2005 session and re-elected for her final term in 2008.

Ballot measures on taxes being pulled by Heath, Fiscal Policy Institute

The Colorado Statesman

Ballot measures on taxes that were headed to the November ballot are being pulled by their sponsors, Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, and the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, but for very different reasons.

Heath told The Colorado Statesman Monday that he’s pulling his citizen initiative that would increase the rates of state income and sales taxes for three years, in favor of a measure that would make the increases permanent.

Residents of CD 6: Hands off!

The Colorado Statesman

The 6th Congressional District needs to lose more than 79,000 people in order to bring it close to the required 718,457 per congressional district. But while some of the 85 people who attended Monday night’s meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Redistricting in Castle Rock had very specific ideas about what areas they wanted to keep, they offered few ideas about what to lose.

Importance of agriculture highlighted on Ag Day

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado General Assembly on Wednesday celebrated National Agriculture Week and Colorado Agriculture Day, with a resolution recognizing the contributions of the state’s agriculture industry.

Agriculture crops up as meaty subject in Colorado this week

The Colorado Statesman

State and federal officials are busy talking agriculture in Colorado, and this week, the country’s leading ag official led a conference on exports in Denver, and spoke to the importance of Colorado as an agricultural state.

Mesa State bill falls in Senate committee

The Colorado Statesman

Mesa State’s effort to free itself of the state personnel system came to a halt on Wednesday, when the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted along party lines to postpone House Bill 1007 indefinitely.

Claire Levy: Defying the stereotype of the ‘Boulder liberal’

The Colorado Statesman

Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, is a Boulder liberal. “Boulder is liberal, and I represent Boulder,” she told The Colorado Statesman recently.

Girls with Goals introduce kids to life at the Capitol

The Colorado Statesman

Maybe there’s a future senator in the mix?

Thirty-five fifth-grade girls spent last Friday at the state Capitol, learning some of the ropes of being a state senator, writing bills, and observing second reading debates on bills about security scanners and license plates.

McNulty lauds bipartisanship

...but other legislative leaders differ at midpoint
The Colorado Statesman

Last December, the leadership of the House and Senate pledged bipartisan cooperation for the 2011 session. With the session now halfway over, it’s clear that some legislators are learning to work across the aisle, but not all.