• Hickenlooper optimistic compromise can be found in second half of legislative session

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    DENVER - With fewer than 60 days remaining in the legislative session, Gov. John Hickenlooper remains optimistic that a middle ground can be found on the many unresolved issues he's working behind the scenes to push through the split legislature. "I remain optimistic that on almost...

  • Colorado Springs business leaders hope to get lawmakers' ear

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    DENVER - Nearly 100 Colorado Springs business leaders and members of Leadership Pikes Peak roamed the state Capitol on Wednesday in hopes of getting their message to lawmakers and the governor about issues impacting the city and region. "We have to come up here. We have to be...

  • Immigrant license advocates march silently outside Gov's office

    Megan Schrader
    Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Dozens of protestors marched in a circle outside Gov. John Hickenlooper's office Wednesday, hoping he would take a greater stand for funding of a program that provides driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. Two years ago Democrats passed a bill creating a program that allowed...

  • Powdered alcohol approved by feds; Colorado still debating

    Megan Schrader
    Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Powdered alcohol, a new product being marketed for backpackers and other weight constrained travelers, was approved at the federal level Wednesday according to the Associated Press. Palcohol has been at the heart of a debate in the Colorado General Assembly where lawmakers first...

  • State auditor to look into Gaylord, other RTA projects

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    The Colorado Auditor's Office will spend 40 hours looking into the state's Regional Tourism Act, an incentive tool used to award millions in future state sales tax revenue to three large-scale regional projects. Sen. Lucia Guzman, chairwoman of the Legislative Audit Committee,...

  • Gaylord and other RTA projects subject to inquiry

    Megan Schrader
    Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    The Colorado Auditor's Office will spend 40 hours looking into the state's Regional Tourism Act, an incentive tool used to award millions in future state sales tax revenue to three large-scale regional projects. Sen. Lucia Guzman, chair of the Legislative Audit Committee, requested...

  • Klingenschmitt bill to amend Colorado anti-discrimination bill shot down

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt failed Monday to create exemptions in Colorado's anti-discrimination law in cases of speech, artistic or religious expression. The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed House Bill 1161 on Monday in a bipartisan 9-2 vote. A Colorado...

  • Tourism act audit to examine funds promised to Aurora, Colorado Springs projects

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Sen. Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, will request an audit of the state's Regional Tourism Act on Tuesday morning, a look at how the state has promised millions in tax revenue to three projects - including the Aurora Gaylord Hotel and the Colorado Springs City for Champions projects. Guzman,...

  • Colorado legislators face 3 big issues; can they find compromise in session's second half?

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    The politically divided chambers of the Colorado General Assembly spent the first half of the 2015 session shooting down each other's bills left and right: Rollbacks of gun control died in the first weeks, as have funding and reforms for social programs. Party leadership hope the...

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

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    Springs Rep. Lee has two bills advance 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...

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