Jerry Kopel

KOPEL: GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT

Registered, practical nurses must prove they’re not intemperate to gain licensure

In Colorado, nurses are guilty until proven innocent.

For at least the past 30 years, this has been the standard to decide whether a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse is qualified for a new or renewed license to practice in Colorado.

KOPEL: THREE INSPECTORS COVER 104,100 SQUARE MILES

Pet facility regulation has gone to the dogs

For Colorado pet owners, “Pets are like family,” notes the Department of Regulatory Agencies in its Sunset review of the Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act.

And yet, the review found, the care of pets in Colorado facilities is not adequately regulated.

KOPEL: BINGO AND EGG REGULATION UP FOR REFORM IN 2009

What’s that smell? An egg law loophole

Do you eat eggs at restaurants? Of course you do, even if only as an ingredient in one dish. But did you know the eggs in that dish might not have been inspected because of how they were delivered?

KOPEL: NEW REQUESTS FOR REGULATION

Hair-bound, lost-and-found, lighting round

One consumer is losing her hair, another’s son is just plain lost, and a third is losing money because solar-electric systems are being installed incompetently. At least, those are the complaints cited by applicants who want the 2009 Legislature to increase or change the regulation of professional hair braiders, human trackers and solar-electric system installers.

KOPEL: TALK ABOUT WINDFALL PROFITS!

Surety bond profiteers may lobby for renewed opportunities in Colorado

Will the Legislature reinstate an outrageous money grab?

KOPEL: GAZING INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL

If trends over the past 100 years hold, it looks really good for Statehouse Dems

Come November 5, you can call me either a sage or a sap.

KOPEL: COMMISSION RENDERED LESS POWERFUL, BUT...

Lottery ticket commissions hit new highs

There is a lot wrong with the Colorado lottery according to the state auditor’s office, which released its five-year performance report in late September. The audit identified and offered potential fixes for 16 problems — 31 if subsection recommendations are included.

KOPEL: 'VOTE-TRADING' OUTLAWED SINCE 1876

Amendment-47-type deals prohibited to lawmakers by Colorado's founders

“Jerry,” says fellow Legislator XY. “You know I oppose your four bills, and I could spend a lot of time and money to defeat them. But I know you aren’t that attached to them.

“I can join you in fighting Rep. EF’s bill. In fact, I can enlist my lobbyist friend to help us. Just tell the committee chair to let your four bills lay dormant.”

KOPEL: THE WORD 'CORRUPTION' APPEARS IN LOTTERY AUDIT

Too much money, too little oversight; lottery’s problems sound familiar

You scratch mine. I’ll scratch yours. Porno talk?

Nope. Just a conversation between two Colorado lottery players holding addictive instant game tickets costing $20 each.

The price of a lottery ticket is unlimited, except the lottery commission cannot, by statute, charge less than $1.

KOPEL: VOTER CHALLENGES CAN BACKFIRE BIG TIME

Republican suspicions of registration irregularities assured my first election

Can the Democrats roll a “six” in the crapshoot called the November 2008 election?

Democrats hope to end up for the fourth time in 132 years in control of the state House and Senate for six consecutive years. Will they succeed?