Legislative News

Ethics investigation against capitol lobbyist dismissed

But letter from committee tells Nate Gorman to behave

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A state capitol lobbyist learned Monday that an ethics investigation against him would be dismissed, but his credibility was called into question by the committee that investigated the complaint.

State budget passes Senate on mostly partisan lines

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The $18.2 billion state budget for 2010-11, contained in House Bill 1376, the Long Appropriations Bill, passed the Senate on April 9 and is headed toward its final resolution.

Dolls are cute, but stats about kids in poverty are ugly

Childhood poverty continues to rise in Colorado, and significant disparities in child well-being exist based on where children live and their racial and ethnic backgrounds, according to the 2010 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, released this week by the Colorado Children’s Campaign. The annual publication provides state and county level data on a number of child well-being factors including child health, education and economic status.

Voting bill ignites Capitol firestorm

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

An effort by Secretary of State Bernie Buescher and Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll, D-Denver, to allow for same-day voter registration has stirred up a firestorm of criticism at the state capitol and beyond.

House approves $20 billion budget

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The House this week approved the $20 billion state budget for 2010-11 after debates marked by their collegiality and at times, humor.

Plans to privatize Pinnacol pulled

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Any legislative plans to turn the state-owned Pinnacol Assurance into a private worker’s compensation insurance provider will have to wait until next year.

Pinnacol CEO Ken Ross announced Tuesday that he had learned Pinnacol’s proposal of $330 million in exchange for privatization would not be considered by the General Assembly this session. A spokesperson for Pinnacol said Wednesday that information came from “various sources” at the capitol.

New education coalition hopes for TABOR?opt out

Dream on, says Doug Bruce

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A coalition of Democratic lawmakers and community groups Wednesday announced they would seek a referred measure that would permanently exempt K-12 and higher education from the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights.

House Bill 1365 pits state's coal and natural gas industries

The Clean Air - Clean Jobs Act is causing the coal industry to burn

By Ashley Chase Sinclair
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A bill in the state Legislature which aims to clean up Colorado’s air has muddied up the political landscape for two of the state’s preeminent fuel industries — coal and natural gas.

Medical marijuana bill hashed out in committee

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado lawmakers moved a step closer to setting rules for retail medical marijuana distribution with the House Judiciary Committee’s approval March 22 of an amended bill by Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs.

Group hopes to wean state off the bottle

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

An advocacy group is asking the state of Colorado to turn off the thousands of taxpayer dollars flowing to bottled water companies.