Legislative News

Freshmen legislators hear from respected predecessors

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The freshmen class for the 2011 General Assembly enters the state capitol on January 12 as part of a divided House and Senate, and two former members of that body pleaded with them to behave honorably and respectfully, lest they fail to get anything done.

Freshmen orientation has tips for legislators’ spouses and partners

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

While life will be changing dramatically for 25 new members of the Colorado General Assembly, their families were learning what to expect during the 120 days of the next legislative session.

Pot regulation still a burning issue

Smoke has begun to clear after last session's attempt

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A senator, doctor, entrepreneur and college professor provided insight and speculation Tuesday to how Colorado’s medical marijuana laws may be altered when the Legislature takes up the issue again next year.

Joint Budget Committee tackles budget

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Joint Budget Committee, with four new members, has begun the process of working on the 2011-12 budget with briefings from its staff on 11 state agencies and a meeting with Gov. Bill Ritter on his proposal for the next fiscal year.

Sen. Udall imposes ban on own earmarks

Calls for Senate to do same

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Saying “the process of earmarking has become like a drug to many members of Congress,” U.S. Sen. Mark Udall announced Tuesday he would put a halt to his own earmark requests and joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers calling for a Senate vote on a “binding earmark moratorium” as soon as this week.

State budget feeling the pinch with end of federal dollars

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter laid out the state’s 2011-12 budget on Election Day Tuesday, saying the $19.1 billion spending plan is “fiscally responsible and moves Colorado forward on the road to recovery.” But the cuts to the 2011-12 budget show that the state is beginning to cut into essential services, the result of both the recession and the end of one-time federal dollars that kept the budget balanced.

Amend. 62 supporters offer own ‘Blue Book’

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

This week, advocates for Amendment 62 and supporters of legalized marijuana are offering their own versions of the Legislative Council-produced voter guide, known as the “Blue Book.”

Amendment 62 backers lose round one

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Backers of the “Personhood” amendment who attempted to force a change to the voter guide “Blue Book” were turned back in their efforts in Denver District Court last week. But despite the costs that it might incur, an appeal is planned, say Amendment 62 supporters.

Tax amendment foes foresee economic nightmare

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Imagine Invesco Field at Mile High filled nearly to capacity with newly unemployed Coloradans. That’s the image that opponents of Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 want voters to have in their minds as they cast their votes this fall on the three anti-tax amendments.

Proponents of Personhood Amendment feeling blue about current ‘Blue Book’

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Supporters of Amendment 62, the “Personhood” amendment that voters will decide in November, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Denver District Court asking for a temporary injunction to stop the state from printing and mailing out the statewide voter’s guides, known as the Blue Books.