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Zenzinger: transportation measure “long time coming”

Any legislation that addresses the state’s transportation needs should take the entire state of Colorado into account and is “a long time coming,” freshman state Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada, said in an interview with the Transit Alliance. The Denver-based group is a public-advocacy organization that started in 1997 and works to help citizens to “lead […]

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State GOP energy committee launches with hearing heavy on data, light on controversy

The inaugural meeting of the state Senate Republican Select Committee on Energy and Environment, January 19, 2017. From left, State Sens. Matt Jones, D-Louisville, Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, and Kevin Priola, R-Henderson. (Photo by John Tomasic.The Colorado Statesman)

The first meeting of the Senate’s Republican-led Select Committee on Energy and the Environment wrapped Thursday after two hours of testimony and barely a hint of partisan rancor or ideological fury. “This is obviously something new for all of us,” said committee Chairman Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction. “This committee is charged with the responsibility of […]

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Transportation funding transfers tricky

In this Feb. 20, 2015, file photo, traffic comes to a standstill along Interstate 25, in downtown Denver. Colorado House Democrats have killed a Republican-backed bill to ask voters if they want to issue $3.5 billion in bonds for state highway construction. The bill was one of two being considered Tuesday, May 10, 2016 to address a chronic backlog in state roads construction. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

“A lot of moving parts” and a “very, very difficult budget to set” were among the descriptions given to the House Transportation & Energy and Senate Transportation committees regarding funding one of the key areas before the Colorado General Assembly. At the Wednesday, Jan. 19, joint committee meeting, Joint Budget Committee members explained recent changes […]

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Battery storage bill aims at preventing price shock

As battery storage technology has progressed, more Coloradans are installing them as backup power sources, but finding electric utilities are charging burdensome fees, according to state Sen. Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder. Fenberg is the main sponsor of bipartisan legislation to protect Colorado consumers’ right to install electrical storage systems on their own property for later use […]

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US Supreme Court hears case on Colorado’s Exoneration Act

This Nov. 15, 2016 photo shows a view of the Supreme Court from the Capitol Dome, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing the case of a Colorado woman exonerated of a felony conviction who wants court fees refunded by Colorado's state government. The state has refused prompting the legal challenge's path all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case last week of a Colorado woman who wants to reimbursed for the fines she paid before her felony convictions were overturned. If she wins when the Court’s decision is announced in the next couple of months, the ruling would invalidate a state law that requires exonerated convicts to […]

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