Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Fetal homicide bill passes Senate, on to House

    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Senate President Bill Cadman's bill to create homicide charges for the death of an unborn child passed out of the Senate Tuesday on an 18-17 party line vote. Democrats say the bill will open the door for women to be prosecuted for medical decisions like abortions or denying a...

  • Colorado law could allow for use of medical marijuana on school grounds

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DENVER - A bill that cracks down on large unregulated medical marijuana grows owned by caregivers was amended Monday in a House committee to allow a student's prescribed medical marijuana onto school property. Jack's Amendment is named for Jack Splitt, a 14-year-old middle school...

  • Fetal homicide bill likely to pass Colorado Senate

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    DENVER - Senate President Bill Cadman introduced his fetal homicide bill on the floor of the Senate on Monday by describing a long list of Colorado crimes where pregnant women were killed or harmed but the suspects didn't face murder charges for the unborn child. They included the...

  • Urban renewal at heart of dueling bills in Colorado Statehouse


    Colorado counties are again trying to get a say in how and when property tax dollars are pledged to urban renewal projects. Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill in 2014 that attempted to do just that, but state lawmakers are trying again this year. In an interesting twist, however,...

  • Governor praises cooperation as he signs off on Colorado budget

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday signed the state's $25 billion budget that increases funding for K-12 education and higher education and invests millions for the first time in eight years in transportation needs. "In a lot of states the partisanship is so divisive, and here there...

  • Colorado House, Senate divided over ninth-grade math, reading tests

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    DENVER - The assessment debate is likely to come down to the much-debated ninth-grade math and reading tests. The House passed its version of the state's testing reduction effort Friday on second reading with broad bipartisan support, and it included mandatory reading and math exams...

  • Colorado Springs senator working on bill that could hinder Gaylord project

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Senate President Bill Cadman is working on a bill that would require a public vote before agricultural land can be declared blighted and eligible for urban renewal tax incentives, according to a draft version of the bill that The Gazette has seen. The bill doesn't have a number yet...

  • Testing bill gets broad bipartisan support in Colorado Senate

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    DENVER - A bill that would reduce Colorado's testing schedule to the federal minimums passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support on a preliminary voice vote Thursday night. Senate Bill 257 is the more drastic of the two remaining testing reduction bills being considered by...

  • Former governors support Hickenlooper's plan to maintain testing

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Gov. John Hickenlooper received backup Wednesday from his gubernatorial predecessors, and together they pushed back against the anti-testing, anti-standards movement that has gained bipartisan traction in the Colorado Capitol. Former governors Roy Romer and Bill Owens, who faced their...

  • Legislative roundup: Bill to protect municipalities from water rights violations moves to Colorado Senate

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DENVER - A bill to protect municipalities from claims of water rights violations over stormwater detention facilities and wildfire mitigation efforts passed committee Wednesday and is headed to the Senate floor. Senate Bill 212, by Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, was drafted in response to a...

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