Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Colorado Springs Rep.'s bill aimed at youth corrections facilities

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    DENVER - A bill to open for public scrutiny reports of incidents like rapes and assaults at the state's youth detention facilities cleared its first committee hearing Thursday as lawmakers work to make the Department of Youth Corrections more transparent and accountable. The...

  • Colorado legislature works together in effort to grow middle class

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Democrats and Republicans unveiled six bills Thursday that they hope will expand the middle class by providing better job training and education. The news conference was among the most bipartisan of the session and highlighted the commitment of both parties to creating jobs and...

  • Funding fight a preview of what may come in Colorado statehouse

    Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Democrats lost their battle to increase funding for background checks on gun sales, surrendering on a budget battle that threatened funding for other public safety projects. House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder, said her caucus was "being the adults in the room" by...

  • Confusion leads to delay of Colorado House committee vote on powdered alcohol bill

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    DENVER - Lawmakers' attempt to regulate a new powdered alcohol product that could bring "powderitas" to Colorado shelves if federal agencies approve it for retail sale stalled Wednesday after Democrats questioned whether the bill was necessary. Powdered alcohol is a new product for...

  • Klingenschmitt's 'dead bureaucrats' bill goes to graveyard

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    DENVER - Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt unveiled "Mr. Bones" in a House committee Monday, a miniature fake skeleton he said represents all of the dead bureaucrats responsible for some of the 40 bound volumes of administrative rules he would like to see reviewed. But after a few skeletal...

  • Disagreement over tax incentives for Gaylord project in Aurora continues

    Updated: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    DENVER - A financing document released more than a year ago showed that the developer taking over the Gaylord Rockies project in Aurora could build the hotel and conference center for less while promising a handsome 19 percent return on investment thanks, in part, to millions in state...

  • Durham appointed to 5th CD vacancy on Colorado education board

    Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    DENVER - A vacancy committee has selected former state Sen. Steve Durham as the newest member of the state Board of Education, replacing Paul Lundeen, who resigned after he won a seat in the state House of Representatives. Durham received 33 of the 53 votes cast at the El Paso County...

  • El Paso County GOP to vote on replacement for Lundeen's education board seat

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    A vacancy committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday night at El Paso County GOP headquarters to select a replacement for State Education Board member Paul Lundeen, who is resigning after winning a seat in the state House of Representatives. Four candidates are expected to be nominated...

  • Colorado Senate committees are set

    Updated: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Committees are set in the Senate for the 2015 legislative session, and Colorado Springs lawmakers hold some key posts in the General Assembly. Republicans took the majority in the Senate during November's election, a coup that empowers them to set the size of each committee and...

  • Some surprises among Colorado's highest-paid public employees

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Colorado's highest-paid state employees - 1,711 people who make more than $100,000 a year - are about who you'd expect: heads of state agencies, physicians, judges and lawyers. A Gazette analysis of state employees who crossed the six-figure threshold in fiscal year 2013-14 shows the...

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