Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Bi-partisan support in Colorado statehouse for full audit of state's health insurance exchange

    Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    DENVER - Rep. Dan Nordberg has tried for two years to get a full audit of the nonprofit Connect for Health that is spending millions in federal dollars to set up Colorado's health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Last year the bill died in the Senate. This year it's...

  • Legislative roundup: Bills signs, town hall planned

    Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Address protection granted to victims Starting immediately, victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking can use the state's Address Confidentiality Program to conceal their addresses in real estate transactions, information that most counties post online. Rep. Terri Carver,...

  • Colorado's economic growth could spark TABOR refunds but limit budget

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Colorado taxpayers can expect to get money back from the state next year in TABOR refunds, but who will get how much - and the timpact that has on the state budget - is up in the air as economists try to navigate a revenue forecast rocked by waves in the oil and gas industry. Aside...

  • A twice-convicted sexual offender's participation at Colorado GOP event raises questions

    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    A twice-convicted sex offender from El Paso County caused a stir Saturday at the Colorado Republicans' annual organization meeting by attending the event at Douglas County High School in support of the party's new vice chairman Derrick Wilburn. Ryan Call, who presided over the...

  • Gov. Hickenlooper throws his support behind bill to reduce Colorado school testing

    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    DENVER - Responding to a rocky year of student protests, angry parents and overwhelmed teachers, Colorado politicians from both bents stood behind a bill to reduce the amount of school testing. "We need a statewide assessment that has very high standards," Gov. John Hickenlooper told...

  • Governor to unveil testing reform legislation

    Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Gov. John Hickenlooper is holding a press Tuesday afternoon to throw his support behind a testing reform bill that was introduced Friday to the General Assembly. Senate Bill 215 — you can read the full bill here — is authored by both Democrats and Republicans including Sen. Owen...

  • Dems work to "rebuild trust" in police with some Republican support

    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Democrats and Republicans found middle ground on a handful of law enforcement reform bills that were prompted by cases of excessive force and officer involved shootings in Colorado and across the nation. The bi-partisan support gives five bills a good chance of becoming law this...

  • Senate Republicans vote to repeal Colorado magazine-limit law

    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Senate Republicans flexed their muscles Monday, voting to repeal a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 bullets, a law the GOP opposed in 2013 and 2014 but lacked the votes to derail. With a newly won single-vote Senate majority, the GOP passed a repeal. But the...

  • Colorado's marijuana money problem will be difficult to solve

    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Colorado has a serious pot money problem. And it's not that it's being laundered. The state is on track to have to refund the revenue it generates this fiscal year from two voter-approved retail marijuana taxes: the 10 percent sales tax and 15 percent excise tax were intended to...

  • Gaylord hotel project on track despite legal challenge

    Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    DENVER - Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said the Gaylord Rockies hotel and conference center is on track to begin construction late this year despite a court ruling that one incentive promised to the developer violated the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. "Despite what was reported, that decision...

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