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YESTERYEAR: Romer squares off with Legislature over welfare reform

Colorado First Lady Bea Romer spoke at the kick of of the Colorado Children’s Campaign’s 1997 doll project kickoff. She emphasized that each individual could make a difference in a child’s life. The project began in 1993 and was partially funded by the Denver Broncos Charities Fund (April 1997).
Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … The possibility of a special session loomed large in 1997 as Gov. Roy Romer said he would veto a welfare reform bill that let some counties opt out of statewide benefit standards. “If we have to have repeated special sessions to get the job done, […]

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Lawmakers battle oil and gas drilling setback bill from well-dug trenches

In this Friday, May 27, 2016, photograph, a pump jack works off state highway 119 near Firestone, Colo. Lawmakers battled over a partisan divide on a bill that would have encoded in statute a 1,000 foot setback from school property lines instead of school buildings as is currently the law. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
In Colorado, the rule is that oil and gas wells can be sited 1,000 feet from a school building. A bill that aimed to update that rule to measure the setback instead from the school property line drew crowds to the Capitol this month to testify in support of it and major drilling industry figures […]

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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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Gorman: Rural Colorado bill seriously lacking in transparency, accountability to taxpayers

Linda Gorman

Senate Bill 17-267 was recently approved by the Senate Finance Committee on a 4-1 vote. That’s potentially bad news for taxpayers, and sick people. The bill would make Colorado’s state budget less transparent, reduce legislative and taxpayer control over state spending, create two new slush funds outside of legislative control, increase state indebtedness, and use […]

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Trump era liberal strife still evident in Dem Boulder town halls; but what does it mean for Colorado?

Another packed Trump-era Colorado politics town hall, this one held at the Sanitas Brewing Company by members of the Boulder County state legislative caucus on March 15, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
It was another weekend in the first months of the Trump administration and so another weekend of packed political town halls in heavily Democratic Boulder County, Colorado. But to what degree is Boulder a bellwether for state and national Democratic Party strategy? U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a fairly well-known progressive on the national stage, did […]

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Noonan: Bipartisan bill takes on age of consent for mental health care for children

Paula Noonan
Parents generally make medical decisions for their children. A bipartisan House bill addresses at what age children can make mental health care decisions for themselves, lowering the age of consent for a child to receive outpatient therapy from 15 years to 10 years.

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