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Noonan: Bipartisanship may set a new high bar with rural sustainability bill

Paula Noonan
Gov. John Hickenlooper takes first place, with his signature, as currently the most bipartisan politician in Colorado. He has signed 137 bills in the 2017 General Assembly. Of those, 111 are bipartisan, 15 are Dem-only sponsored and 11 are GOP-only sponsored. He has clearly set a basis that he prefers both chambers to work collaboratively.

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#Coleg Week 13: House budget debate, contraception, internet privacy, texting while driving, seaplanes

Colorado's "gold dome."

The Democratic-controlled House takes up the budget, which was passed without an inordinate amount of pain in the Republican-controlled Senate last week. Democrats will likely try to move the ball on items of priority that were shot down in the Senate. Contraception: It’s a personal matter and a state budget concern. State health estimates routinely […]

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Colorado’s closely watched digital database open records bill advances

State Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, takes notes, February 24, 2016, during a committee hearing on an open records bill he co-sponsored. David Zalubowski, file AP Photo

A long-coming update to the Colorado Open Records Act that aims to make government digital datasets more readily accessible to the public advanced with bipartisan support in the State Senate Tuesday night. Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Fort Collins Democrat John Kefalas, is the latest version of a proposal that has been the subject of […]

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The time for overdue sex offender sentence and treatment reform is probably never

Austin Wilkerson, a former University of Colorado-Boulder student convicted of sexually assaulting a drunken woman and was given what many argue was too lenient a sentence. State Sen. Irene Aguilar ran a bill to give the judiciary greater flexibility in sentencing in cases like Wilkersons to reform what she describes as a system that is too often looked at threw a criminal justice lens rather than a clinical one. (Photo via Boulder Sheriff's Department)
State Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat, sat at the hearing table alone last Wednesday and told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “very nervous” to present her bills. Rightly so. The direct beneficiaries of her proposals don’t have many defenders at the Capitol — or anywhere else for that matter. Aguilar […]

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Kefalas confident privacy issues can be resolved in bill to modernize public records access

State Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, discusses Senate Bill 40, legislation to modernize the format of information released under the Colorado Open Records Act, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

State Sen. John Kefalas says he hopes that an amendment he plans to introduce in committee Wednesday will take care of the bulk of the privacy concerns raised over legislation he’s sponsoring that would require government agencies to produce public records in searchable digital formats. “I happen to be a person of faith,” the Fort […]

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Guzman: ‘I came to the Legislature to repeal the death penalty’

Colorado Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman talks about her proposed state death penalty repeal, Feb. 15, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman’s death penalty repeal bill was voted down by Republicans in committee last Wednesday, just as she expected. Speaking before the hearing, Guzman said she hoped mainly that the bill would foster heartfelt conversation on the issue. “It was not to be,” she said. She thinks she might have pulled off […]

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