• Governor praises cooperation as he signs off on Colorado budget

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

    Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday signed the state's $25 billion budget that increases funding for K-12 education and higher education and invests millions for the first time in eight years in transportation needs. "In a lot of states the partisanship is so divisive, and here there...

  • Colorado House, Senate divided over ninth-grade math, reading tests

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

    DENVER - The assessment debate is likely to come down to the much-debated ninth-grade math and reading tests. The House passed its version of the state's testing reduction effort Friday on second reading with broad bipartisan support, and it included mandatory reading and math exams...

  • Colorado Springs senator working on bill that could hinder Gaylord project

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Senate President Bill Cadman is working on a bill that would require a public vote before agricultural land can be declared blighted and eligible for urban renewal tax incentives, according to a draft version of the bill that The Gazette has seen. The bill doesn't have a number yet...

  • Testing bill gets broad bipartisan support in Colorado Senate

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    DENVER - A bill that would reduce Colorado's testing schedule to the federal minimums passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support on a preliminary voice vote Thursday night. Senate Bill 257 is the more drastic of the two remaining testing reduction bills being considered by...

  • Former governors support Hickenlooper's plan to maintain testing

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Gov. John Hickenlooper received backup Wednesday from his gubernatorial predecessors, and together they pushed back against the anti-testing, anti-standards movement that has gained bipartisan traction in the Colorado Capitol. Former governors Roy Romer and Bill Owens, who faced their...

  • Legislative roundup: Bill to protect municipalities from water rights violations moves to Colorado Senate

    By MEGAN SCHRADER AND NEWS SERVICES megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DENVER - A bill to protect municipalities from claims of water rights violations over stormwater detention facilities and wildfire mitigation efforts passed committee Wednesday and is headed to the Senate floor. Senate Bill 212, by Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, was drafted in response to a...

  • Colorado Springs lawmaker back on committee, will hold town hall Wednesday

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DENVER - Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt was restored to a committee Tuesday that he was removed from for saying the attack of a pregnant woman in Longmont was a "curse of God." Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs, was removed from the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee by...

  • Colorado lawmakers expected to push education testing bills on Wednesday

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    DENVER - Lawmakers' two best hopes left this session to address concerns about too much testing could pass each other in the night Wednesday on their way to the other chamber of the Colorado General Assembly. The question is: Which will survive in the chamber ruled by the opposite...

  • Legislative roundup: Colorado lawmakers likely to ask voters to keep pot TABOR money

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would put a measure on the November ballot asking Colorado voters if the state can keep an estimated $58 million collected in marijuana taxes. House Bill 1367 would allow the state to keep the revenue it collected from a 15 percent excise tax...

  • Office of Consumer Counsel could lose telecom oversight role

    Megan Schrader
    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    A bill to renew the Office of Consumer Council was finally introduced by Republicans in the Senate and while it maintains the agency's oversight role for electric and gas utility rates, it would remove the oversight function for telephone services. Senate Bill 271 has been long...

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