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2019 Colorado legislature

Gov. Polis speaks to students at the Greenlee Elementary School on March 22, 2019 after he and lawmakers announced a plan to fund full-day kindergarten. (Photo by John Herrick)

Full-day kindergarten for Colorado gains Senate OK, nears governor’s desk

Universal full-day kindergarten in Colorado is on its way to becoming reality after initial Senate approval Thursday. After a final Senate vote Friday and House approval...

Colorado could restore voting rights to 9,000 felons this year County clerks and secretary...

Colorado isn’t planning to let people vote from prison any time soon, but about 9,000 convicted felons could win back their right to vote...

Colorado Democratic senators pump brakes on paid family leave program Senators had concerns about...

An internal split among Democratic senators scuttled lawmakers' fifth attempt at passing a long sought-after paid family and medical leave program this legislative session....
"Vaping Electronic Cigarette" by Lindsay Fox via Flicker: Creative Commons

Colorado proposal would triple cigarette tax, fund preschool, fight teen vaping

A proposed tax on nicotine products could double Colorado’s preschool investment, pay for afterschool and summer enrichment programs for low-income families, and chip away...
Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition President Steve Zansberg, second from right, testifies in favor of HB 19-1324. To his left is activist Pete Kolbenschlag. (Photo courtesy of CFOIC)

House panel OKs bill to thwart lawsuits that stifle free speech Anti-SLAPP measure would...

A bill that would protect Coloradans from meritless lawsuits intended to silence criticism won approval Tuesday in a committee of the state legislature. House Bill...

Stripping politics from Capitol’s sexual harassment policy proves to be tall task Bill to...

Lawmakers are struggling to come up with a new sexual harassment policy at the Capitol that takes the politics out of the process of...

Fearing Polis veto, lawmakers neuter bill meant to limit ICE’s reach in Colorado

No sweeping immigrant rights bill will be passed this year in Colorado, after all. Lawmakers still hope to pass something in the coming days, but...

Where’s Leroy Garcia? Supporters of Colorado’s Senate president tout his hands-off leadership. Others say...

When one of your first jobs involves collecting several dead bodies every day for six months in the 110-degree heat of an Iraqi war...

Amid flurry of criminal justice reforms, lawmakers seek to reopen prison Sen. Leroy Garcia...

Update: The bill, SB-259, was introduced April 19. We updated the story with some specifics in the bill.  Colorado lawmakers this session are moving ahead...

Lawmakers eye sports betting tax to pay for water conservation Funding for the Colorado...

Lawmakers are considering a plan to legalize sports betting in Colorado and ask voters to approve a tax on the betting that would be...