“Senate Bill 267 will be laid over,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Kevin Lundberg. “We’ll begin with…” But the room wasn’t listening to him anymore. Nearly all of the reporters and lobbyists sitting arrayed before the committee members rose from their chairs and headed to the door. “Thank you for coming, everyone,” joked one of […]
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Democratic leaders dodged a bullet Tuesday afternoon and passed with one vote to spare a crucial “orbital” budget bill that nevertheless threatens to blow a gaping hole in state hospital budgets and shutter healthcare facilities in already woefully underserved rural districts. Senate Bill 256 passed on 33-31 vote. Four Democrats joined the Republican caucus to […]
Kevin Grantham sat deep in his chair, his left foot, shod in a large cowboy boot, resting on his right knee, the Capitol press corps arrayed in front of him brought by text messages sent out near 10:00 p.m. the night before. It was Thursday morning, just two-and-a-half weeks ahead of the end of the […]
New Era Colorado, an organization devoted to boosting political participation by young people is endorsing a proposal to lower the minimum age requirement to serve in the General Assembly from 25 to 21, its executive director told The Colorado Statesman.
A bipartisan group of legislators wants to ask voters whether to lower the minimum age to serve in Colorado’s General Assembly from 25 to 21. A decade after voters shot down an identical proposal at the polls, lawmakers are back with legislation to refer a constitutional amendment to the 2018 ballot, and they say the […]
The state budget debates have moved off the floors of the chambers and so mostly out of the headlines. The action heads back to the committee rooms. The pace will pick up; there are four weeks till sine die closing day…
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” […]
Republican lawmakers have revived and revamped controversial legislation targeting so-called sanctuary jurisdictions and the politicians who support the policies behind them, although the new bill would only subject elected officials to lawsuits, not criminal prosecution.