Legislative News

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.

Legislators play musical committee chairs

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Most of the last-minute changes in 2010 General Assembly committee assignments weren’t really unexpected — but a couple of changes in the House Agriculture Committee made some Republicans feel like they’d just landed on the floor in a game of musical chairs.

House Majority Leader Terrance Carroll swiftly uprooted a couple of Democrats after their rebellious actions made headlines.

Liston bill aims to ease Capitol entry crunch

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If Rep. Larry Liston’s proposal is approved, the long security lines into the state Capitol could become much shorter by March.

Carroll sets sights on criminal justice reform

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

With more looming budget cuts and the economy expected to take the spotlight in the 2010 session, Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll is determined not to let criminal justice reform disappear in the shadows.

“The more we can stop people from returning to jail or prison and give them alternatives to be productive, the more money we will have in the General Fund for higher education, K through 12 education and jobs,” he said.

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.