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Drama-laden open records bill survives another hearing

Colorado state Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, makes a point about a public records bill that he co-sponsored during testimony on the measure before a state Senate committee in Denver in this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo. This bill died in the GOP-led Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. A new bill, sponsored by Kefalas, to bring Colorado's Open Records Act into the 21st century gets a Senate committee hearing Wednesday, March 1, 2017, after months of efforts, led by the secretary of state’s office, to show how public documents can be released by government agencies in digital formats without jeopardizing individuals’ privacy. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
A bill aimed at modernizing Colorado’s Open Records Act has survived its first Senate hearing — but with an amendment that could mean trouble down the road. The GOP-led Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday to send Senate Bill 40 by Democratic Sen. John Kefalas to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Crowder, Thurlow team up to fix TABOR ‘constraint on overdrive’

State Rep. Dan Thurlow, R-Grand Junction, and state Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, have introduced a bill to fine tune TABOR.

Two Colorado Republican lawmakers are delivering on their promise from earlier this year to fine-tune TABOR, a 25-year-old constitutional restriction on how much the state can receive — and spend — without triggering tax refunds. Rep. Dan Thurlow and Sen. Larry Crowder have introduced House Bill 17-1187 that seeks to change the way annual revenue […]

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Riding libertarian populist wave, Hill and Lebsock clear first hurdle to end switchblade ban

Sen. Owen Hill, Rep. Steve Lebsock

The switchblade knives wielded six decades ago by the fictional Jets and Sharks street gangs in the legendary Broadway musical “West Side Story” and in Hollywood films spooked lawmakers across the U.S. and helped usher in state bans. But 54 years after Colorado enacted its prohibition of the folding knives with blades that pop out […]

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Hickenlooper won’t issue clean-air executive order

In this Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, file photograph, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper carries a plate of food as he helps to serve the great Thanksgiving banquet to more than 500 homeless and poor men, women and children at the rescue mission in downtown Denver. Citing backlash from Republicans, Colorado's Democratic governor, Hickenlooper, said Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, he has abandoned the idea of issuing an executive order to seek a one-third cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Citing backlash from Republicans, Colorado’s Democratic governor said Tuesday he has abandoned the idea of issuing an executive order to seek a one-third cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. But Gov. John Hickenlooper insisted he hadn’t given up on the proposal’s goals — or his own commitment to maintaining Colorado’s status as a […]

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New legislative session brings $500M deficit, uncertainty

In this July 28, 2016 file photo, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. With one eye on a $500 million state budget gap and the other on Washington, Hickenlooper and a split Colorado Legislature enter the 2017 lawmaking session with little expectation of fiscal reform and plenty of uncertainty over transportation, the state's Medicaid bills, affordable housing and illegal pot sales. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

With one eye on a $500 million state budget gap and the other on Washington, Gov. John Hickenlooper and a split Colorado Legislature enter the 2017 lawmaking session with little expectation of fiscal reform and plenty of uncertainty over transportation, the state’s Medicaid bills, affordable housing and illegal pot sales. Last year, Hickenlooper and fellow […]

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Colorado to decide on adopting a presidential primary

In this March 1, 2016 file photo, election workers register participants before the start of the Democratic caucus, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado will vote on two measures that would reinstate a presidential primary and allow unaffiliated voters to participate in major party primaries. The measures grew out of frustration with this year's caucuses in which Republicans didn't vote for president and Democrats struggled to accommodate an unprecedented turnout. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

For many, this year’s major party caucuses in Colorado were messy and confusing: Democrats struggled to accommodate every voter, and Republicans didn’t choose presidential delegates because the national party insisted the vote be binding. Independent voters were left out in the cold. But party loyalists swear by the grassroots give-and-take of these straw polls that […]

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