Legislative News

Budgetary concerns will affect most issues at Capitol

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

“Jobs, jobs, jobs!,” said Gov. Bill Ritter of the goals in the Legislative session that begins Wednesday, Jan. 13. Ritter pitches a “glass half full” economic picture of Colorado — job creation is up, and the number of unemployed is down.

Lawmakers look at raiding gaming fund

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado gaming communities have benefited from one-arm bandits over the past decade, but if a bill passes in this legislative session, the machines won’t be spitting grant dollars this year — and maybe not for several years.

Ritter trumpets bill to aid the arts industry

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s surging arts and creative industries may be bolstered by more jobs and expansion thanks to three new pieces of legislation soon to be introduced, according to Gov. Bill Ritter.

40 legislators given Common Sense award

By Brad Jones
SPECIAL TO THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Tort reform, an issue absent from the center stage of national politics in recent years, has surged back as a key issue in the congressional debate over America’s health care system.

It’s also returning to the spotlight in Colorado, where the Colorado Civil Justice League, established in 2001 as “the only statewide coalition dedicated exclusively to ending abusive lawsuits and creating a fair civil justice system in Colorado” feted state lawmakers at a reception Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Palazzo Verdi in Greenwood Village.

Fiscal stability commission offers up bills

The Long-Term Fiscal Stability Commission, which has been meeting through the summer, voted to support the following bills this week:

Gory TABOR battle shaping up

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In Colorado politics, it’s all about TABOR... again.

As the state grapples with the fallout over the nation’s worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, swords are being drawn both to defend and attack the 1992 amendment to the Colorado Constitution called the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

Can lawmakers swallow early release before prison costs swallow state budget?

By Ellen Miller
WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — State figures show that spending on the Department of Corrections has quadrupled since 1984, eating an ever-larger share of Colorado’s general fund each year at the cost of higher education and other programs.

Pinnacol panel drafts 7 proposals

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The interim panel that spent all summer examining Pinnacol Assurance, the quasi-governmental agency that offers last-resort workers’ compensation insurance, finished its work Friday by proposing legislation that would change the way the insurance company operates. The proposed bills will be brought before the full General Assembly next year.

Pinnacol execs defend practices

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Executives of Pinnacol Assurance stood by and listened to public criticism and accusations of unethical practices during the first three meetings of the Interim Committee on Issues Related to Pinnacol Assurance.

Dem leaders tighten belts, cut legislative budgets by $1.04 million

Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll and President of the Senate Brandon Shaffer have directed the House, the Senate, and the legislative staff agencies to make significant cuts in their legislative budgets.