Position: Legislative reporter

Email: rhandy@durangoherald.com

About: Ryan Maye Handy has worked for various Colorado newspapers, including The Gazette in Colorado Springs and The Coloradoan in Fort Collins. She most recently worked for the Houston Chronicle, where she reported on oil and gas regulation and energy issues. Handy graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor of arts in Comparative Literature and Russian Language. She also has a master of science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Handy has extensively studied Russian language and culture. Read More

Will rural residents reap benefits from reinsurance plan?

DENVER – Colorado’s reinsurance plan, passed by lawmakers in the final days of the legislative session, promises to reduce individual insurance premiums on the Western Slope by 30%, bringing relief...

DATE: May 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Polis touts legislative wins, including education, health care

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis is celebrating the 72nd legislative session, his first as governor, as a success for his top priorities – the expansion of early childhood education and tackling high...

DATE: May 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Did Colorado Legislature deepen rural-urban divide?

DENVER – Southwest Colorado lawmakers were instrumental in passing groundbreaking bills this legislative session that guarantee free early childhood education; lay the groundwork for a cheaper,...

DATE: May 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado embraces Super Tuesday, but at what cost?

DENVER – Colorado expects to pay about $6.3 million to run a March 2020 presidential primary, after a 2016 decision by voters to jettison a cheaper, but confusing, caucus process to determine...

DATE: May 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Full-day kindergarten bill heads to Polis’ desk

DENVER – Free, full-day kindergarten will be available to all Colorado kids this fall, thanks to the final passage late Tuesday of House Bill 1262, which sets aside $175 million for the program....

DATE: May 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What will pass, what won’t in final days of Colorado legislative session?

DENVER – Democratic dominance in Colorado’s Capitol has enabled lawmakers to push progressive legislation reforming energy regulations and gun control, but a packed agenda, long debates and...

DATE: April 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Recall efforts seek to reverse Democratic gains in state Legislature

DENVER – Juli-Andra Fuentes decided this spring to join a fledgling effort to recall Gov. Jared Polis when she heard about a controversial sex education bill being debated in the Legislature. The...

DATE: April 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

With legislative session winding down, key health care bills remain unresolved

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis and state lawmakers have pushed an ambitious health care agenda in the past four months, but with less than two weeks left of the legislative session, lawmakers may run...

DATE: April 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

No new gymnasium for Fort Lewis College as Colorado budget signed into law

DENVER – Colorado’s $30.5 billion budget for the next fiscal year has been signed into law, but it does not include $25 million in funding for Fort Lewis College’s planned expansion of its Whalen...

DATE: April 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Full-day kindergarten funding advances in state Legislature

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers on the Senate Education Committee unanimously approved Gov. Jared Polis’ plan to fund full-day kindergarten Wednesday, inching one of the governor’s signature campaign...

DATE: April 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plan to double Parks and Wildlife fines gains momentum in Colorado

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers have given initial approval to an effort to double or triple fines for hunting and fishing violations in Colorado’s state parks, part of an ongoing effort to update the...

DATE: April 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Recall efforts ramp up amid controversial legislation

DENVER – In January, when Mesa County residents heard that state lawmakers had introduced a bill that would fundamentally change presidential voting in Colorado, they started grabbing County...

DATE: April 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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