Legislative News

First redistricting committee ends in song

The Colorado Statesman

The joint legislative committee that hopes to come up with a bipartisan congressional redistricting map held an organizational meeting this week that ended with a round of “Name That Tune.”

Provider fee, federal health care reform reviewed at capitol

The Colorado Statesman

The hospital provider fee bill passed by the General Assembly two years ago has provided access to health care for 30,000 uninsured Coloradans, and reduced the financial burden on hospitals that cover the medically indigent.

Divided legislature pledges united front as session begins

The Colorado Statesman

The 2011 General Assembly began on Wednesday, and amidst the swearing-in ceremonies and speeches came brief moments when House Democrats reminded their Republican colleagues that Republicans hold a thin one-seat majority in the House, and that Democrats are still wounded from the bruising 2010 election. But in the speeches, a desire for bipartisanship, with a divided Legislature, was the theme of the day.

Hickenlooper walks into governorship amid cold temps, burning issues

State officials sworn into office
The Colorado Statesman

It began, as it always has with him, with a walk. Halfway on their walk across Lincoln Park to the state capitol on Inauguration Day, Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper and his wife, Helen Thorpe, stopped and took a look back, as if for one last goodbye, to the Denver City-County building and to the life of a big-city mayor.

Behind the scenes from Week One of the 2011 General Assembly

One of the sergeant-at-arms at the state capitol on Tuesday said the highlight of the day was opening a bathroom for Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper — who hadn’t yet been given the security code for the 1st floor bathroom door.

New guv talks jobs and ‘kitchen table’ budget

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper gave his first State of the State address Thursday, touching on themes of budget discipline and fiscal restraint, partnership, and priorities for his administration.

Inaugural party features boots, bolos and barbecue

The Colorado Statesman

At the end of a busy day that began with hand-warmers and hot cocoa in bone-chilling temperatures on the steps of the state Capitol, more than 3,000 revelers toasted Gov. John Hickenlooper’s brand-new administration on Tuesday at an inaugural barbecue and dance followed by a rock concert that lasted until the wee hours.

Hickenlooper first looks west to develop statewide economic development plan

Western Slope Correspondent

FRUITA — Cross-promoting Colorado’s businesses, landscapes and small-business innovation is a key to driving economic development during hard times, Gov. John Hickenlooper told more than 100 Western Slope elected officials, economic development experts, association employees and a scattering of private business people Friday.

Legislative leaders talk of new year, new hope

The Colorado Statesman

When Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, bangs the gavel as the next Speaker of the House, it will be for the first time, officially, but he’s been practicing.

State Republicans talk business and budget

Republican Study Committee, CACI host pre-legislative forums
The Colorado Statesman

Statehouse Republicans preparing for the opening of next week’s legislative session met this week with business groups on regulatory reform and reviewed the Independence Institute’s proposals on how to solve the state’s budget woes. But the forums excluded Democrats, sometimes deliberately, and conservative solutions presented by some of the groups are unlikely to get Democratic buy-in. And in one of those sessions, it was hinted at that some of the priorities of the Hickenlooper administration might not match those of the Republicans in the House and Senate.