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The Colorado House on Wednesday began debating a bill that would prevent immigration law enforcement agencies from arresting people at courthouses in Colorado. If...
Update: This story was originally published on Feb. 25, 2020, when the House passed the death penalty repeal bill by a voice vote. It...
Update: The bill, HB-1261, passed the House on April 16 by a 41-23 party-line vote. Political realities inside the Gold Dome are tempering lawmakers’ efforts...
Women’s groups, advocates for the homeless and those who support victims of sexual assault or stalking are cheering a near-unanimous vote today on a...
You might think campaign allegations of “cross dressing” are a transphobic anachronism in 2016. Not in Colorado Springs. According to a weekend story in...
A bill that would have allowed Walmart and other big-box grocery stores to carry full-strength beer died in the House Thursday. On the House floor legislators said the doubling of stores selling beer would compromise the promise liquor store owners were given by the state when they decided to invest in the industry.
Legislation changing last year's consumer protection law governing deferred deposit lending passed out of the House Thursday morning after being scheduled in a breakneck, three-day sprint to passage. The Republican sponsor of the bill, Rep. Larry Liston, Colorado Springs, said House Bill 1290 instates a non-refundable origination fee that last year's law was meant to contain. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, the sponsor of last year's HB 1351, said the bill was never meant to have that provision.
Expressing concerns that loan sharks may become the new lenders for the poor, and saying they fear the loss of further jobs in a down economy, legislators Tuesday passed a bill to allow deferred deposit loan corporations to retain up-front fees.
Former Colorado Springs Senator Dave Schultheis is no longer holding forth on bills on the Senate floor in Denver, but he has continued to exert influence this year as the powerful force behind the conservative Republican Study Committee of Colorado. Now that influence may be waning. This week, a third of the RSCC flock quit the committee, rejecting the would-be radical-right revival.
The battle over payday loan fees will strain partisan loyalties at the Legislature again this year as new legislation was introduced Friday in the House.
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