• Legislative Update: Several bills headed to governor's desk

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 30 min ago

    Lee bills move forward Rep. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, had a big week. An effort to expand his restorative justice program - a pilot that matches juvenile offenders with their victims in counseling settings - is headed to the governor's desk after gaining approval in the...

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

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 17 hr ago

    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

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 17 hr ago

    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

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    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

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    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

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    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

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    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...

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