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#Coleg Week 16: Transportation-hospital fee moments of truth, fueling stations by Xcel, repealing Columbus Day, rolling coal…

Colorado's "gold dome."

Two-and-a-half weeks till closing time, and there’s plenty of business left to conduct in this building. All eyes will be watching transportation-funding House Bill 1242. It’s being heard Tuesday in the Senate Finance committee. It’s one of the big-deal top-priority bills of the session, and it seems doomed. Will there be amendments? Will someone have […]

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Colorado Senate advances ban on toxic ‘coal rolling’ cultural protest

Rolling coal. (AP)
Colorado lawmakers are inching toward outlawing “coal rolling,” the practice of adjusting the workings of a diesel truck in order to let loose at will clouds of unfiltered exhaust as a form of cultural protest in an age of electric cars and climate change. The state Senate voted on Wednesday to pass a revised version […]

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In bipartisan vote, state Senate votes down religious freedom-style bill

A rally at the Capitol in opposition to the 'Right to Disagree' Senate Bill 283, April 12, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

The Republican-controlled Senate Tuesday voted down a “right to disagree” bill that opponents view as either an untested or euphemistic version of the religious freedom bills introduced in recent years by conservatives around the country that many believe risk diluting the nation’s anti-discrimination laws. All of the Democrats in the chamber were joined by three […]

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Colorado anti-abortion ‘ultrasound’ bill defeated in bipartisan Senate vote

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Democrats and two Republicans joined forces to defeat a closely watched anti-abortion bill in the Republican-controlled Colorado Senate on Thursday. Indeed Senate Bill 284 might have passed had Democrats not forced the one-seat majority caucus members to go on record for or against the bill. Swing-seat Republican Sens. Don Coram from Durango and Beth Martinez […]

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In surprise turn, Senate ‘kill committee’ green lights gay-rights harassment bill

Pamela Thiele, left, and her spouse, Lauren Fortmiller, of Lakewood, Colo., Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski

A state Senate committee packed with a conservative Republican-majority voted unanimously on Wednesday to advance a bill that would stiffen penalties for those who harass Coloradans for being gay or disabled. Gay rights supporters reacted with a jolt after the vote. They had braced for yet another defeat in the infamously hardline State Affairs “kill” […]

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Colorado contraception bill part of trend rising in face of health care uncertainty

State Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, meeting with constituents at a town hall, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Lakewood Cultural Center. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

A bipartisan Colorado bill that would make it easier for women in one visit to the pharmacy to collect more of their prescription contraception in order to be guarded against pregnancy for longer stretches of time. The bill arrives as part of a legislative trend sweeping state capitals coast to coast that would give women […]

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#Coleg Week 9: Concerning gay conversion, early voting, rolling coal, pot for PTSD, and more

Colorado's "gold dome."

Happy halfway mark. On Wednesday, lawmakers will arrive at this year’s legislative session midpoint. Many of the House and Senate minority party bills doomed to die in committee have lived their brief and sometimes newsmaking lives. Now many of the bills doomed to die at the hands of the opposite chamber majority party will meet […]

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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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