Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Hearing set for Douglas Bruce over possible probation violations; he could return to jail

    Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    DENVER - A questionable real estate deal that has brought an ethics probe against a Colorado Springs city councilwoman is on a list of alleged probation violations that could land Douglas Bruce back in jail. Bruce appeared before Denver District Judge Sheila A. Rappaport on Friday to...

  • Gun bills up again under the gold dome

    Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Driving by the Capitol this morning was a Nebraska truck with a bumper sticker that said "Experts Agree Gun Control Works" and then had the Communist hammer and sickle and the Nazis swastika. It was a flashback to 2013 when Democrats passed five gun bills in response to the Aurora...

  • Legislative roundup: Testing bill moves forward, gun debate up next week

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The education debate is making for interesting bedfellows at the state Capitol. It's bending the political spectrum where some of the most conservative education advocates are teaming up with some of the most liberal to get things done. Sen. Owen Hill, a Republican from Colorado...

  • Colorado Springs mom advocates for end to PARCC testing in Denver rally

    Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    DENVER - One of the more drastic anti-testing bills proposed this legislative session drew parents from one Colorado Springs charter school to speak in support of an overhaul to the state's testing system. "As a business person if you start investing into a process and you find that...

  • 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...

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