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2019 Colorado legislature

"Smoking," by Astrid Kopp, via Flickr: Creative Commons

Colorado Senate rejects nicotine tax that would have boosted preschool spending

A proposed nicotine tax backed by Gov. Jared Polis was rejected by the Colorado Senate Thursday night. The proposal would have allowed Colorado to double...

Live blog: Final day of Colorado’s legislative session News and insights from around...

The Colorado State Capitol hasn't seen a week like this in a long time, and it may be a long time before it does...
Dudley Brown, executive director for Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, announced a lawsuit to overturn Colorado's red flag law on May 2, 2019. (Photo by John Herrick)

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners plans lawsuit, backs recall efforts, over red-flag law The conservative...

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a conservative pro-gun group, and Republican lawmakers are challenging Colorado’s red-flag law in Denver District Court, alleging Democrats failed to...
A school bus in Colorado by Pravesvuth Uparanukraw via Flickr: Creative Commons

With loan forgiveness and stipends, Colorado lawmakers hope to lure teachers to rural districts

The downside of living in Campo is that it’s 70 miles to Walmart and 20 miles to the nearest grocery store. The upside is...
Democratic Senate President Leroy Garcia, left, and GOP Minority Leader Chris Holbert chat on Thursday, May 2 — the second-to-last day of the 2019 legislative session. (Photo by Alex Burness)

GOP hardball in Colorado Statehouse has Dems vowing to get tough — and organized...

It’s a shame, Colorado Republican lawmakers are saying this week, that Democrats have been so unwilling to work across the aisle this legislative session. Had...
Sunset in Durango as fires burn to the west on Aug. 24, 2018. (Photo by John Herrick)

Colorado Dem lawmakers tackle climate change without a single GOP backer Republican state lawmakers...

A climate change bill that would gradually reduce Colorado’s carbon emissions over the next 30 years is headed to the governor’s desk for approval...
People vaping outside the Colorado Capitol on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 as lawmakers debate a bill that would increase taxes on nicotine products to help expand state-funded preschool programs. (Photo by Alex Burness)

Nicotine taxes for preschool, vaccine exemptions draw crowds to Colorado Capitol in waning days

As the clock winds down on the 2019 legislative session, two groups packed the Capitol Wednesday afternoon for a final say on two controversial...
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Guest Post: Say no to the Colorado legislature’s gimmick to gamble with our state’s...

Do you feel like gambling with our state’s water and rivers? The Colorado  legislature does, and it’s a gamble we shouldn’t take. In these last...

Jeff Robbins, state’s top oil and gas regulator, talks local control and setbacks State...

Jeff Robbins now leads the state commission he once took to court. The attorney from Durango spent two decades helping local governments regulate the...

Dems fight the clock on vaccine, sex ed and greenhouse gas bills Republican stalling...

Lawmakers have been working past midnight in recent weeks and even came in on Saturday for the first time in decades. But it's clear...