Gov. John Hickenlooper hadn’t yet decided on Monday whether to call a special session to come up with more funding for the state’s transportation needs, among other topics he said were left unfinished in the General Assembly’s 120-day regular session.
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Colorado’s largest association of small businesses gave the General Assembly’s just-completed session a grade of B- in a legislative report card issued this week.
After ten hours of back and forth Thursday night, it became clear at near 11 p.m. that members were not going to conclude first-round debate on amendments to the proposed $26.8 billion state budget before midnight, the tentative deadline, so they halted debate and began again at 9:00 a.m. Friday.
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.
State Sen. Kevin Lundberg doesn’t sound very enchanted with plans House Republicans have recently floated to change the way the Legislature writes the state’s annual budget.
State Rep. Paul Lundeen, R-Monument, wants to shorten Colorado’s legislative session and overhaul the way lawmakers approve annual budgets by doing away with the Joint Budget Committee and moving to biennial budgets.
A long-awaited transportation funding deal introduced by Colorado lawmakers Wednesday proposes asking voters to approve a sales-tax hike in November to pay for $3.5 billion in bonds for road construction, as well as other transit projects.
House Republican leaders on Wednesday said the GOP caucus wants to “fundamentally change” the way the Legislature puts together the state’s annual budget, potentially by vastly diminishing the role of the powerful Joint Budget Committee and giving all the other committees more say.
Although it starts with a splash of levity, the House Republican caucus’s weekly video update quickly moves onto more serious ground. “This is Jim Wilson from Salida, Colorado,” says state Rep. Yuelin Willett, R-Grand Junction, as his serious gaze dissolves into a grin and an imposing figure enters the frame, shooing away the imposter. “Not […]