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Capitol Dispatch

Climate is changing for the better, Colorado state senator says He adds: "The planet...

Climate change has led to “massive improvements” and “the planet is a thing that heals itself,” state Sen. Ray Scott argued Thursday morning. Scott, a...

Police officers who lie could be banned from serving in Colorado Bipartisan bill would...

Here’s the good news: about 99.5% of the nearly 14,000 cops in Colorado are not fired for knowingly lying in police reports, when they’re...

Gov. Jared Polis: Colorado shouldn’t block local cooperation with ICE After weeks of silence,...

It’s well known that Gov. Jared Polis opposes statewide “sanctuary” policies. He said so on the campaign trail and, since taking office in January,...

‘Ban the Box’ bill would make it harder for employers to discriminate against people...

Editor's note: This story was originally published on Jan. 7. Since then it's moved through the legislative process at the Capitol with little resistance....

Polis says he’ll sign police transparency bill — to watchdogs’ relief

Advocates for government accountability were alarmed to learn Gov. Jared Polis was undecided on whether to veto a bill to expand police transparency in...

Strange bedfellows unite behind Colorado bill to shorten jail stays Backers want to save...

It’s probably not often that the bail industry, Charles Koch and progressive criminal justice reformers agree. But all three are backing a bill that would...

Colorado was set to repeal the death penalty this year. What went wrong? Anguish,...

A few weeks ago, in preparation for what she knew would be an emotional debate on the state Senate floor over whether to repeal...

The plan to repeal the death penalty in Colorado is coming undone On-the-fence Democrats...

Editor's note: The death penalty stands in Colorado. Tuesday, Democrats in the Colorado Senate abandoned efforts to pass a bill abolishing capital punishment, citing...
Areli Gonzales Lopez, 3, is held by her mother, Sandra Lopez, at a rally at the Colorado State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The rally was in support of Virginia's Law, which would limit the extent to which officials in Colorado can cooperate with ICE. (Photo by Evan Semón)

A bill to protect Colorado’s immigrants imploded. Will a second try succeed?

What would have been Colorado’s most significant immigrant rights bill in years flamed out in dramatic fashion earlier this month, causing a rift in...
Natalia Marshall, the niece of Michael Marshall, spoke at a news conference to support cash bail reform on March 14, 2019.

Colorado could limit jail time and bail for poorest defendants A trio of bipartisan...

Colorado is primed to take a major step toward reforming a bail system that systematically and disproportionately punishes the poorest of the poor. Lawmakers say...