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Lawmakers weigh in on state’s $28.3 billion budget

DENVER – The state Senate dug in for a marathon session Wednesday night as lawmakers debated the state’s $28.3 billion budget and the 12 “orbital” bills that make it work. Some of these bills...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Legislative round-up: Oil and Gas setback bill moves to the Senate

DENVER – Nineteen bills received third reading, 24 second reading and 15 were scheduled for committee hearing in the Colorado General Assembly on Wednesday. Floor work Bills read on the chamber...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Tort reform for construction defects unraveling in Denver

DENVER – Attempts to reach a resolution to the construction defects battle and to rejuvenate the condo market in Colorado just hit a major stumbling block. The Homeownership Opportunity Alliance ,...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Lawmakers introduce bill to reform Colorado Hospital Provider Fee

DENVER – A bipartisan group of Colorado lawmakers are stepping up to remedy issues facing rural Colorado, including a recently proposed $264 million cut to hospitals. Senate Bill 267, the so-called...

DATE: March 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Colorado budget increases funding for education

DENVER – Colorado’s $28.3 billion state budget – which increases funding for K-12 and higher education – cleared the formality of a committee hearing Tuesday. Senate Bill 254, the so-called Long...

DATE: March 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

Legislative Round-up: McLachlan’s teacher shortage bill clears the House

DENVER – Eleven bills received third reading, 18 second reading and 22 were scheduled for committee hearings on Monday in the Colorado Legislature . Floor work Bills scheduled for floor work...

DATE: March 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Bill increasing transparency of hate crime reporting advances

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers took a step toward encouraging transparency in reporting hate crimes on Monday. House Bill 1138 would require the Department of Public Safety to give a yearly...

DATE: March 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Colorado brewers combine talents for festival

DENVER – Beer aficionados in the Denver area were in for quite the treat Saturday at the fourth annual Collaboration Fest which featured 181 breweries, including Durango’s own Steamworks and Ska...

DATE: March 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Hospitals could lose $264 million under proposed budget

DENVER – The state’s budget is rounding into form and hospitals appear to be taking the biggest hit. That is because lawmakers working on the budget opted to not collect $264 million from the...

DATE: March 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional news

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Colorado lawmakers recognize contributions of Ute tribes

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers welcomed special guests from the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes to the Capitol Thursday with the passage of a resolution recognizing their unique cultures and...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Rural broadband financing bill approved by Colorado Senate committee

DENVER – A minor victory was scored Thursday for the continued deployment of broadband internet to rural Colorado. House Bill 1174, which would create an exemption allowing local improvement...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Colorado transportation funding bill clears first committee

DENVER – After a late night of hearing public testimony and considering multiple amendments, a legislative committee gave first approval to the state’s major transportation bill Thursday morning....

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news