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Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Suthers says Mexican officials can't understand pot legalization

    Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    DENVER - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Friday said Mexico's attorney general was curious about the state's recent legalization of marijuana, but also skeptical such policies could make a dent in the deadly hold of drug cartels. "Here's a guy whose country has, frankly,...

  • House budget bill debate centered around how to spend extra money

    Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    DENVER - The $23 billion state budget marched forward Thursday as members of the House spent an entire day scouringit, department by department, in a fight for funding. The debate lasted late Thursday but Democrats eventually passed the bill on second reading with only a few changes....

  • Bill would give Colorado its own $8 million aerial firefighting fleet

    Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    CENTENNIAL - A Canada-based company showed off the latest aerial firefighting technology Wednesday in Centennial, helping lawmakers make their pitch for a state-owned air fleet to fight wildfires. The only firefighting C-130 tanker in the nation buzzed the Centennial Airport tarmac...

  • Two open records bills get preliminary OK in Colorado Senate

    Updated: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    DENVER - A Colorado Open Records Act bill that would limit search and recovery fees to a maximum $30 an hour for public documents got a preliminary OK on Monday from the Senate. House Bill 1193 would make the first hour of work on a public records request free and would limit the...

  • Lawmakers aim to curb Colorado tobacco use

    Updated: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    DENVER - The conversation about smoking in Colorado isn't focused solely on pot this year. Lawmakers and health officials will also take a stab at curbing nicotine and tobacco use. "It's the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General's warning label that got affixed to cigarettes," said...

  • Colorado legislators looking to clarify recall laws

    Updated: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    DENVER - Whether they were testifying for or against a bill that aims to change the recall election timeline in Colorado law, everyone agreed Friday that the chaotic September recall elections in Pueblo and Colorado Springs were a fiasco. Sen. Matt Jones, D-Louisville, said Senate...

  • El Paso County Democrats to hold assembly Saturday morning at UCCS

    Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    El Paso County Democrats will hold their assembly at 9 a.m. Saturday at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Berger Hall. Gov. John Hickenlooper will speak at the event before heading to the Pueblo County Assembly. Delegates who were elected during precinct caucus meetings...

  • Legislative battles show strong Colorado division over fracking

    Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    DENVER - Rep. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, asked lawmakers Thursday to fund a study on the health impacts of the onslaught of drilling and hydrolic fracturing close to front-range communities. "Many Colorado families that live near oil and gas sites are concerned, they're very...

  • Udall campaign to take aim at Gardner's ties to Koch brothers

    Updated: Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    DENVER - U.S. Sen. Mark Udall's campaign will take the offensive Wednesday accusing congressman Cory Gardner of being in the pocket of a conservative group that two days earlier launched a nearly $1 million ad campaign targeting Udall. Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit based in...

  • Week focuses on letting the sun shine on government, public records

    Updated: Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    DENVER - It might have seemed like a small thing this month when The Gazette corrected private gun sale background check numbers from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, but as is often the case in journalism, there's a story behind the story. Questions arose in early February...

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