Marianne Goodland

Report: Colorado ready to take on climate change

The Colorado Statesman

Coloradans love playing outdoors. But if residents want to keep on enjoying the state’s recreational bounty — and continue enjoying the $13.2 billion the recreational industry pumps into Colorado’s economy — it’s time for the state to lead the way cutting carbon pollution. Fortunately, says a report released this week, Colorado is in a good position to do just that.

That was the message delivered on Tuesday by Environmental Colorado, several outdoor recreational organizations and Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder.

Stulp says state water plan will require ‘cultural change’

The Colorado Statesman

With Colorado almost out of the drought, state water officials are planning for the day when the state’s water supply will have to provide for twice as many residents.

State water czar John Stulp told the Colorado Municipal League last week that land use and water planning will be more closely tied under the state’s first-ever water plan, which is nearing completion.

Water's for fighting

State's first-ever water plan in homestretch

The Colorado Statesman

Bring up the topic of Colorado water just about anywhere across the arid state, and before long someone is bound to invoke the state’s unofficial motto, a saying attributed to Mark Twain: Whiskey is for drinking. Water, that’s for fighting.

But these days, if you happen to find yourself amid the kind of folks who never tire of cracking a smile when the adage is uttered, you’re just as likely to hear talk of the state’s first-ever water plan, set to unveil before the end of the year. Water, they just might acknowledge, could be for plenty of things. But in the meantime, there’ll still be whiskey.

Supporting weed’s women

The Colorado Statesman

With Colorado’s cannabis industry becoming well established, entreprenuers from all walks of life are finding their way in to push it forward.

Women in the industry face some of the same challenges that have been faced by women in business for decades.

That’s where Woman of Weed comes in.

The group is a sub-council of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. Woman of Weed (referred to in meetings as WoW) held its second monthly meeting last week. Its mission is to empower women who are getting into the industry and to become its future leaders.

Williams, Cooke: a partnership for success

The Colorado Statesman

They couldn’t be more different.

She’s a Denver Democrat. He’s a Greeley Republican.

She’s a businesswoman. He’s a former sheriff.

She’s a veteran lawmaker. He’s in his first term.

But together, Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley and Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, forged a partnership that will change law enforcement in Colorado. Of the six law enforcement reform bills that went to the governor, Cooke and Williams were co-sponsors on four.


The Colorado Statesman

By Marianne Goodland
The Colorado Statesman

The person exhaling the biggest sigh of relief one day after the 2015 legislative session came to a close was perhaps Colorado’s executive-in-chief, Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Hospital Provider fee bill dies, but it’ll be back

The Colorado Statesman

A late-session priority for Gov. John Hickenlooper fell by the wayside Tuesday.

The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee Tuesday put an end to a bill the governor had hoped would help provide financial space for the state under the TABOR revenue cap.

Legislators to get pay raise

The Colorado Statesman

While the General Assembly spent much of their last three days killing bills right and left, they did decide to give a pay hike to future legislators, and state and county elected officials.

Currently, Colorado’s lawmakers make $30,000 per year. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Colorado’s pay ranks at about the mid-point for all state legislatures.

Rain barrel bill dies on calendar

The Colorado Statesman

A bill that would have allowed Coloradans to collect rainwater died in the Senate late Tuesday night. But as with many major bills that died in the last three days of the session, this too, will return.

House Bill 15-1259 would allow Coloradans to collect up to two 55-gallon rain barrels of water that drains off their rooftops. The water could then be used for outdoor purposes, such as lawn and garden irrigation.

The bill became the center of one of the last great behind-the-scenes battles of the 2015 legislative session.

Rainbarrel bill revived, but for how long?

The Colorado Statesman

Don’t go buying those rain barrels just yet. A bill to allow Coloradans to collect rainwater got a last-minute reprieve, but anything can happen in the next 24 hours.

Despite the best efforts of its committee chair to delay a vote until Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday voted 6-5 to send House Bill 15-1259 to the Senate floor. Whether it will come up Tuesday evening for a second reading vote, however, is still a big if.