Luke Perkins

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Second go at ‘sanctuary city’ legislation dies in committee

DENVER – A second attempt to crackdown on “sanctuary city” policies was stuck down Wednesday by Democrats in the state Legislature. Senate Bill 281, which would hold government employees...

DATE: May 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado’s first Public Lands Day to be celebrated this year

DENVER – Colorado officially has a day set aside to celebrate the abundance of public lands enjoyed by Coloradans and tourists from around the world. Gov. John Hickenlooper read a proclamation...

DATE: May 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado lawmakers pass go on ‘rolling coal’ crackdown bill

DENVER – Lawmakers put the pedal to the floor Tuesday on a measure to penalize “rolling coal” at the state Capitol. Senate Bill 278, which creates a traffic infraction for nuisance displays of...

DATE: May 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado’s $28.3 billion budget clears the legislature

DENVER – The $28.3 billion state budget cleared the Legislature on Wednesday. That means that the loss of $264 million in federal matching funds for hospitals in the 2017-18 fiscal year is merely...

DATE: May 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Last-minute fix for Colorado roads clears Senate committee

DENVER – A last-minute attempt to place a Legislature-initiated transportation funding solution on the November ballot cleared its first hurdle Tuesday, but faces an uphill battle to survive in the...

DATE: May 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Construction defects reform bill clears Senate committee

DENVER – The bipartisan effort to remedy the lack of affordable housing in Colorado continues to move along. House Bill 1279, which would require the informed consent by the majority of owners in a...

DATE: May 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

GOP kills Trump inspired tax return disclosure bill

DENVER – A Democratic-backed effort to force presidential candidate to disclose their tax returns met its end Monday in a GOP-held committee. House Bill 1328, which would have made the disclosure...

DATE: May 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Bill to prevent federal violations of Colorado constitutional rights dies

DENVER – A measure to protect Coloradans from federal overreach was unexpectedly killed Monday at the request of the bill sponsor. House Bill 1331, which would prohibit state agencies from...

DATE: May 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

State Democrats reject compromise on hospital fee

DENVER – Lawmakers continue to struggle to find a compromise that would spare Colorado’s hospitals from the budgetary chopping block. Negotiations on Senate Bill 267, which contains a number of...

DATE: May 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Questions mount around bill to raise fees for hunting, fishing

DENVER – A measure that would increase the cost of hunting, fishing and exploring Colorado’s state parks has cleared the state House of Representatives, but questions about its implications mount...

DATE: April 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Amendment to school finance act leads to squabble

DENVER – The annual decision on how much state funding school districts will get for each pupil is eagerly awaited as they prepare their budgets. But this year, an amendment to the School Finance...

DATE: April 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Education

‘Final’ $28.3 billion Colorado budget heads back to floor

DENVER – Colorado’s $28.3 billion budget continues to inch toward approval by the state Legislature. On Thursday, it was rebalanced and approved by the Joint Budget Committee that crafted the...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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