Legislative News

Colorado hopes to Race to the Top for grants

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter and a majority of state lawmakers made a last-ditch effort this week to heighten Colorado’s chances of netting a lucrative multi-million federal education grant.

Newbies come to Legislature with eyes wide open

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Rep. Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, and Rep. Max Tyler, D-Lakewood, may sit on opposite sides of the aisle, but these freshman legislators came to their first day on the job last week by similar paths — both were elected last year by vacancy committees to fill open seats.

Ferrandino tags bill to cut down on graffiti tools

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

When Rep. Mark Ferrandino walks his Southwest Denver neighborhoods, he sees the homes and businesses defaced by graffiti and he hears — loud and clear — the impact on the residents.

“At every community meeting, residents tell me graffiti is a huge problem,” he said.

Gardner hopes to 'Make My Day Better'

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

For Rep. Cory Gardner, three strikes don’t mean he’s out when it comes to trying to amend the so-called “Make My Day” law.

GOP, Dem lawmakers agree to disagree on budget

By Scot Kersgaard
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

At a legislative preview Tuesday morning, leaders from both parties promised a bipartisan approach to the budget issues sure to dominate the Legislature.

Romer med marijuana bill up in smoke

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If Colorado’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry is the Wild West — and few would dispute that characterization lately — there might be a new sheriff in town once state lawmakers have their say. But the dust raised by opposing sides won’t be easily settled.

Speaker Carroll sounds rallying call

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Lobbyists loitered in the halls under the rotunda at the state Capitol, lawmakers filtered into the House Chamber, families and friends waited in chairs on either side of the floor, and, in the gallery above, students peered over railings to watch the opening day of the 2010 session.

Shaffer urges Dem, GOP cooperation

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Simultaneously somber and buoyant, Colorado’s state senators — surrounded by assorted family of several generations, Capitol staff, lobbyists, well-wishers, onlookers and the occasional group of schoolchildren — opened the 2010 General Assembly with calls for a bipartisan approach to a session already dominated by a projected $1.3 billion budget shortfall.

State retirees ready to pounce on PERA fix

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA), the state pension plan, has a fix for its financial woes ready for action during the 2010 legislative session. But if it’s adopted, the new law probably will result in lawsuits against PERA, according to its executive director.

Tougher DUI legislation draws support from both parties, but can it draw money?

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado DUI accidents resulting in death dipped in 2009, and two state lawmakers are aiming to sustain that pattern.

Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, and Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, will introduce competing legislation this year that would stiffen penalties for those repeatedly arrested for driving under the influence.