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Colorado driverless car bill wins bipartisan support in state Senate

At Seoul National University, a smartphone application for a driverless car. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

A Colorado legislative proposal meant in part to attract automated car entrepreneurs advanced in the state Senate on Tuesday. The bill is being promoted by its sponsors for being ahead of the curve nationwide and welcomed by the burgeoning industry. Supporters played down public-safety and job-loss concerns posed by driverless car technology, arguing that the […]

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Senate committee OKs condo construction bill to require arbitration

State Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, discusses his Senate Bill 156, to require that condo associations use arbitration to settle disputes over construction defects before taking builders to court, at a rally on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the state Capitol. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

A Republican-sponsored bill to require condominium owners and builders to submit disputes over construction problems to arbitration or mediation passed its first hurdle Monday, winning bipartisan approval in a Senate committee. But opponents call the legislation’s central component a nonstarter and predict the bill will meet its demise in the Democratic-controlled House, despite plenty of […]

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Democrats Kerr, Pettersen poised to run for Perlmutter’s seat if he runs for governor

State Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, state Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter speak with constituents at a town hall sponsored by Lakewood legislators on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Lakewood Cultural Center. (Photos by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Two Lakewood Democrats say they’re likely to run next year for the 7th Congressional District seat represented by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter if the six-term incumbent Democrat jumps in the race for governor. State Rep. Brittany Pettersen told The Colorado Statesman this week that she will run for the suburban congressional seat if Perlmutter seeks […]

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‘Weird year’ so far at Capitol: Protest politics and open-minded cooperation

Protesters supporting the Affordable Care Act gather on the steps of the Colorado state Capitol building Jan 31, 2017. (Photo by John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
The legislative session in Colorado has been running for a month. Donald Trump has been president for three weeks. The national political tumult that has marked the early days of the administration has resulted in a stream of public protest in the state and angry exchanges at the Capitol. Two weekends ago, the day after […]

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Colorado Senate GOP leaders quickly, quietly dispatch resolution asking Trump to lift immigration order

State Sens. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, and Mike Merrifield, R-Colorado Springs, present a Senate resolution asking President Trump to rescind his refugee and immigration executive order, February 7, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

State Senate Republican leaders wrapped up business fast in the chamber Tuesday morning after sending to the Senate kill committee hot-button Colorado Joint Resolution 1013, which asked President Trump to lift his order banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Senate Democrats decried the committee assignment as a […]

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Neville campus free speech bill wins surprise unanimous committee support

State Sens. Mike Merrifield, left, and Tim Neville speak after an education committee hearing on Neville's campus free speech bill. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

The debate over free speech, campus safe zones and political correctness moved into the Colorado Capitol on Thursday and took a surprise turn when three Democrats joined with four Republicans on the Senate education committee to unanimously advance a campus free speech bill sponsored by arch conservative-libertarian Sen. Tim Neville. “Elected officials have a duty […]

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Colorado senators optimistic for 2017 legislative session, but prepared for Washington-induced spiral

The renovated Colorado Senate chamber on May 11, 2016. (Photo by John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
In Colorado’s upper legislative chamber everything is different and everything has stayed the same. For years, Democrats have held the reins of power at the Capitol, and Republicans have exerted what influence they could by acting as the loyal opposition — mainly by blocking bills and offering alternative policy narratives. Most observers expect that arrangement […]

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