Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Colorado House, Senate play chicken on key bills as session nears end

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    DENVER - In the three remaining days of the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers will tackle some hefty issues: reductions in standardized tests, a multibillion-dollar fix for the state's pension system and a postponement of TABOR refunds that would allow a billion dollars to be...

  • Colorado Senate set to vote on controversial bill that could stymie Aurora hotel project

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    DENVER - The burning question in the Colorado Legislature is whether a proposed bill would affect millions of dollars in tax increment financing incentives pledged to the controversial Gaylord Rockies hotel and conference center in Aurora. The answer at the Capitol on Wednesday night...

  • Colorado lawmakers consider bill to close controversial blighted land loophole

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    DENVER - The four year dispute over millions in public subsidies for the Gaylord Rockies hotel and conference center peaked Wednesday night as lawmakers considered a bill that would close a loophole that allowed the city of Aurora to use urban redevelopment incentives for a project on...

  • Last-minute bills involve spending, saving billions of dollars

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Three bills tackling complex and highly charged issues were introduced Tuesday and Wednesday, a week before the 2015 General Assembly adjourns sine die (without a date for meeting again). That means hearings over the next five working days that will stretch late into the night on...

  • Colorado House, Senate at odds over agency's telecom oversight role

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    DENVER - House Democrats and Senate Republicans are at odds again, this time over whether to renew all or just part of the Office of Consumer Counsel, a state agency that represents the public during hearings for proposed utility rate increases. Senate Republicans want to continue the...

  • Colorado farmers, ranchers cite water rights in fighting bill

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Several farmers and ranchers along the Lower Arkansas River remain opposed to a bill they say will harm their water rights, but proponents say Senate Bill 212 is essential to protect the public from floods and contaminated water. "It does harm rights, or it has the potential to harm...

  • Colorado bill that aims to close tax increment financing loophole introduced

    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    With six days remaining this legislative session, a bill has been introduced that would require voter approval before urban renewal tax incentives can be used for agricultural land. Senate Bill 284 is co-sponsored by Senate President Bill Cadman and Majority Leader Mark Scheffel....

  • Buckner's sick leave trims Democrat majority in Colorado House

    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    DENVER - The Colorado General Assembly session will wrap up next week. Here is a look at what happened at the Capitol on Tuesday: Sick leave trims Dem majority Rep. John Buckner, D-Aurora, is out sick for the remaining six days of the 2015 legislative session, leaving Democrats with...

  • Fetal homicide bill passes Senate, on to House

    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Senate President Bill Cadman's bill to create homicide charges for the death of an unborn child passed out of the Senate Tuesday on an 18-17 party line vote. Democrats say the bill will open the door for women to be prosecuted for medical decisions like abortions or denying a...

  • Colorado law could allow for use of medical marijuana on school grounds

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    DENVER - A bill that cracks down on large unregulated medical marijuana grows owned by caregivers was amended Monday in a House committee to allow a student's prescribed medical marijuana onto school property. Jack's Amendment is named for Jack Splitt, a 14-year-old middle school...

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