Legislative News

Murder and rethinking juvenile sentencing: An interview with Rep. Dan Kagan

Special to The Colorado Statesman

State Representative Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills Village, has introduced a bill to set a new range of sentences for juveniles convicted of first degree murder. Under current Colorado law, juveniles convicted of first degree murder face a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years. In an interview with Catherine Strode, Representative Kagan says he believes Colorado’s juveniles should be sentenced based not only on their crime but on their individual characteristics and involvement in the crime they committed.

CHATTER: Gardner-Klingenschmitt kerfuffle brewing? But where's Waller?

The Colorado Statesman

The jockeying and posturing is in full force for the chance to run for the Colorado Springs Senate seat, SD 12, being left open by term-limited Senate President Bill Cadman.

Garnett outsources, Hill wins lawmakers' yoga feud

The Colorado Statesman

Can you say “Namaste?” The House Education Committee on Wednesday gave its approval to SB 186, which would remove yoga teacher training from the oversight of the Department of Regulatory Agencies. While the bill’s House sponsor, Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver, told The Colorado Statesman he is not into yoga, his wife is, and she can also do the “crow” position demonstrated by Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, when the bill was in the Senate Education Committee earlier this month.

Colo. Ag Day big hit under Gold Dome, promoting industry and philanthropy

The Colorado Statesman

Perhaps the most popular Capitol event of the session, Colorado Ag Day, did not disappoint hundreds of hungry legislators, staffers and Capitol visitors on Wednesday.

The fourth annual Farm to Fork competition, which highlights Colorado agricultural products, took place on Wednesday, and is sponsored by the Colorado Chefs Association. This year’s competition showed off dishes made with Colorado bison, lamb, bass, beef, eggs, potatoes and desserts, and fed long lines of those eager to sample Colorado cuisine at its best.

Protestors greet Bennet launch

Bennet defends Keystone XL Pipeline vote at campaign kickoff event
The Colorado Statesman

Dozens of protesters greeted arrivals at the campaign kick-off for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s reelection bid on Sunday in Denver, demanding that the Democrat reconsider his stance on the contentious Keystone XL Pipeline and its potential effect on the climate.

Throwback Thursday: 'News from Yesteryear'

Looking back 15, 25, 35 years ago this week
The Colorado Statesman

Fifteen years ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … columnist Norman Duncan revealed in a front-page story why he had changed his registration after being a “SERIOUS Democrat” since childhood. “I found it harder and harder to support the party I perceived as a total captive of special interests,” Duncan wrote, faulting the party for backing affirmative action long after it was clear the policy wasn’t working as intended and for supporting teacher unions when they were more interested in protecting the jobs of educators than in teaching children.

Hick implies 'Real misgivings' with repealing mag ban

Senate Judiciary passes magazine ban repeal bill
The Colorado Statesman

While Senate Republicans this week celebrated bipartisan support for a bill repealing a 2013 law limiting the size of ammunition magazines, Governor Hickenlooper hinted a veto may be in the cards, should the bill reach his desk.

Hickenlooper recaps legislature's first half

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper addressed the slow start to the 2015 legislative session Wednesday, calling it “probably a good thing” that fewer laws will make it to his desk this year. The General Assembly crossed the midpoint of its 2015 session last Saturday, and as of press time the Governor had signed only twenty four bills into law, including twenty-one on Wednesday. It's been the fewest bills to reach his desk by mid-session since he took office in 2011.

Microbeads under Senate microscope

Ban passes final legislative test
The Colorado Statesman

A bill banning the manufacture and sale of personal care products with synthetic plastic microbeads achieved final Senate approval on Wednesday, but not without a science lesson from one of the bill’s opponents.

House Bill 15-1144 sailed through its Senate committee hearing and final passage without amendment but not without challenge.