Tag Archives | Mike Foote

#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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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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Lawsuit targets state regulators for approving 24-well project near Greeley-area middle school

A worker at an Encana Oil & Gas fracking site outside Rifle, Colo. (AP)

The oil and gas drilling setback question is heating up again in Colorado’s northern Front Range gas patch — if it ever really cooled down. Tuesday afternoon, a coalition of environmental and civil rights groups filed a lawsuit (pdf) in a Denver district court challenging the approval by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission […]

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#Coleg Week 11: GOP tax proposal shot down, Transpo bill grumbling, fracking school setbacks, gay conversion, gun bills, budget countdown

Colorado's "gold dome."

The week is already moving fast. Republican-sponsored House Bill 1187 was shot down by Republicans in the Senate State Affairs committee. It was an important bill. Here’s a magazine-like summary of what it proposed to do, as best as I can write it at this stage: The bill aimed to allow the state to collect […]

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Foote, oil and gas industry still prepping in run-up to school setback debate

A graduation ceremony at Northridge High School in Greeley, Colo. The drilling operation was permitted to be sited just 400 feet beyond the school running track.

“Yeah, it seems like they don’t like it that much,” said state Rep. Mike Foote on Thursday. He was talking about the oil and gas industry’s view of his new drilling setback bill. Foote’s House Bill 1256 would clarify that the minimum 1,000-foot distance separating schools from new oil and gas wells must be measured […]

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Branscomb: SB17-138 blocks citizen rights to witness and verify election steps

Harvie Branscomb

Ten years ago when Coloradans voted in their precincts, many of us fed anonymous ballots into scanners and personally watched 90 percent of our election process. Results were posted by citizen judges on precinct doors, then summed and reported by county clerks. This process was simple, straightforward, run by citizens and, most importantly, witnessed and […]

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In battle pitting religious freedom against discrimination, a small surprise victory

Religious Liberty
Colorado House Republicans pitched a religious liberty bill last Wednesday to the Democratic-controlled State Affairs committee. It was the same kind of bill that has stirred hornets nest-like national protests in other states for fear that religious liberty might translate on the ground as discrimination. Republicans knew the bill, HB 1013, would die in committee, […]

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