Legislative News

Lawmakers horse around on ride to Expo

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

For two hours last week, nearly 30 lawmakers saddled up and took a bipartisan ride down history’s dusty trail.

Taking a stand for early childhood education

Teachers, parents, children, and several prominent business leaders gathered at the Capitol last week to rally support for early childhood education. Children covered the West steps of the Capitol, smiling, laughing and chanting along with local childcare providers — “ECE [early childhood education] is important to me!”

Dems happy, GOP sad

The midterm wrap-up

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The legislative session is more than halfway finished, and the Democrats (majority) are touting their policy success while the Republicans (minority) are complaining about the lack of bipartisanship under the Dome.

It’s another year at the state Legislature.

3.2 beer bill goes flat

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A couple of weeks ago, Rep. Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo, was struggling to muster enough votes to move a bill out of the House Business Affairs Committee that would allow supermarkets and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer.

GOP pulls out stops to stop oil and gas rules

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On Thursday, Republican legislators waged a two-pronged attack on regulations proposed to govern Colorado’s burgeoning oil and gas industry — going public with an anti-rule rally at Civic Center Park and returning to the Capitol to try to delay passage of the rules bill by adding hundreds of amendments designed to water it down.

Reformers rally for health care at Capitol

By Richard Haugh
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Health care reform advocates staged a morning of face time with legislators on Monday, culminating in a rally on the West Steps of the Capitol.

Their goal: Persuade legislators to adopt significant health care reform during this year’s session.

SB 228 survives filibuster

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The hour was late and the debate was long, but the Republicans in the Colorado Senate were unyielding.

During the second reading of Senate Bill 228 on Monday afternoon, Republicans mounted a marathon filibuster that stretched into the early hours of Tuesday morning. They pulled no punches — or amendments — in their attempt to delay the inevitable passage of a bill they believe to be unconstitutional and fiscally reckless.

Ethics panel recommends lobbyist reprimand

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A three-member legislative ethics committee has recommended that Erik Groves, who lobbied for the Colorado Chiropractic Association, receive a letter of admonition for having discussed an internal leadership race with Rep. Cindy Acree, R-Aurora, in violation of a rule that governs lobbyists.

Storeowners bring beer brawl to Statehouse

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Getting 3.2 beer out of Colorado gas stations and supermarkets is turning into a real battle.

Just ask Rep. Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo, the sponsor of House Bill 1192, which, if passed, would allow the sale of full-strength beer at convenience stores.

Ritter signs FASTER bill as cars speed past

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

THORNTON — It’s official. At a press conference just yards from the southbound lanes of Interstate 25, Gov. Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 108, known as FASTER, into law on Monday.