Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Colorado lawmakers work on changes to student testing

    Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    DENVER - The battle over Colorado's testing regimen started Monday in earnest as the first of several proposals to eliminate some of the almost 30 exams students take between kindergarten and graduation was heard in a committee. "Our challenge with this bill today, or with any...

  • Colorado lawmakers find money in the budget for birth-control program

    Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    DENVER - Colorado's $25 billion budget cleared the Republican-dominated Senate on Thursday, including $5 million set aside for a program that pays for long-term reversible contraception for low-income or uninsured women. It's an enviable position for the program to hold because many...

  • Lack of votes holding up bill that could stave off water lawsuit for El Paso County

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    DENVER - It's a "no-brainer" to pass a law this session that protects fire mitigation efforts in El Paso County from the threat of water rights enforcement, said Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling. But his bill is facing an uphill battle. "We're still trying to find a compromise. I...

  • Garcia's April Fool's Day move: Push amendment to defund agency he wants to preserve

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    DENVER - Call it an April Fool's joke or a sly political maneuver, on Wednesday Sen. Leroy Garcia pushed an amendment to the state's $25 billion budget that would have defunded the state agency he's been working to save. It was one of 51 amendments to the long bill asking for an...

  • Grass fire west of Fort Carson extinguished, target shooters warned to stay out

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    High fire danger Monday didn't seem to discourage shooters from taking aim at flammable objects. The second grass fire in a week was started near Pikes Peak International Raceway on Monday, possibly from sparks caused by people target shooting in a restricted area. The large, open...

  • Klingenschmitt's removal from committee could stifle free speech, Republican lawmaker says

    Updated: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    A Colorado Springs lawmaker embroiled in controversy over comments he made in his online ministry is now at the center of an inner-party squabble over the role of Republican leadership. House Republican Leader Brian DelGrosso's removal of Klingenschmitt from a committee assignment as...

  • Legislators change course on audit of Colorado's tourism incentive program

    Updated: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    DENVER - Colorado lawmakers backed away from an audit of the millions of dollars pledged to developments through the Regional Tourism Act on Monday and instead are asking economic development officials to come before the joint Audit Committee in June. Rep. Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado...

  • GOP leaders remove Klingenschmitt, despite his apology, from Colorado statehouse committee

    Updated: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    DENVER - Republican leadership removed Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt from one of his committee assignments Monday in response to the lawmaker's comments about a pregnant woman who was attacked in Longmont. "I was very disturbed by Rep. Klingenschmitt's comments last week, and want to...

  • Former Rep. Bob Gardner to run for Senate District 12

    Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Former state Rep. Bob Gardner filed paperwork with the Secretary of State Monday to run for Senate District 12 in 2016. Gardner, a Colorado Springs attorney, said after encouragement from many people he decided to file for office early and begin formally talking to voters in the...

  • Blog: Watch Klingenschmitt apologize for saying attack on Colorado pregnant woman was a 'curse of God'

    Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Video posted March 20, 1015 on Klingenschmitt's YouTube page. Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt apologized Monday in an online video for calling the attack on a pregnant woman and her unborn child a "curse of God." "My words were not compassionate and therefore I apologize," the freshmen...

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