Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Hickenlooper signs law to hold Colorado schools liable for violence

    Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper made it easier Wednesday for victims of school violence in Colorado to sue schools and districts if it is determined that they have failed to protect students. He signed the "Claire Davis School Safety Act," named for the 17-year-old who was killed at...

  • Audit ordered to track tax incentives for projects in Aurora, Colorado Springs and Pueblo

    Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    DENVER - After questioning officials with the state's economic development office for an hour, lawmakers voted unanimously to audit the implementation of the Regional Tourism Act that has pledged more than $200 million in future sales tax revenue to three regional projects in Pueblo,...

  • Urban renewal bill could impact City for Champions projects

    Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Friday that expands the entities that allocate tax increment financing despite statewide concerns that the law will jeopardize pending urban renewal projects. The new law gives counties, school districts and special districts more say in...

  • After years of trying, repeat DUIs finally become felony in Colorado

    Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    WHEAT RIDGE - Saying he knew it came too late for some of families watching who lost loved ones to drunken drivers, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday that aims to get repeat DUI offenders off the road and behind bars. "We couldn't get it done last year and it was very...

  • Longtime El Paso County resident announces commissioner candidacy

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Scott Turner, a local banker and longtime Salvation Army volunteer board member, is running in 2016 for El Paso County Commission in District 4. Turner, 56, the first candidate to say he's running for a commission seat, made his announcement Thursday at the Fountain Valley Senior...

  • Colorado health officials vow to continue contraceptive program despite lack of state funding

    Updated: Sat, May 30, 2015

    DENVER - A program that provides contraception such as intrauterine devices to at-risk women will continue at the end of June despite clamors during the 2015 legislative session that without an influx of state funding the heralded program would die. Democrats counted it as their...

  • Colorado House, Senate play chicken on key bills as session nears end

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    DENVER - In the three remaining days of the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers will tackle some hefty issues: reductions in standardized tests, a multibillion-dollar fix for the state's pension system and a postponement of TABOR refunds that would allow a billion dollars to be...

  • Not everyone is happy with compromise reached on Colorado testing bill

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    DENVER - A group of senators favoring fewer tests and more local choice sounded off on a testing compromise Tuesday night, calling it a "back room deal" and "token bill" that falls short of what parents, teachers and students have been asking for the past 119 days of the legislative...

  • Colorado legislators put on a happy face over just-ended session

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Looking back on the just-ended Colorado legislative session, Democrat and Republican leaders were quick to praise bipartisan bills on testing, workforce development and policing - issues that gained widespread acceptance from the outset. But in their post-session talks, they seemed...

  • Busy final day of Colorado Legislature results in testing compromise

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    DENVER - Some called it "magic," others merely said "acceptable," but before the gavel fell on sine die for Colorado's 2015 General Assembly, a compromise was worked out to reduce standardized testing in Colorado public schools. Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bill....

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