Archive | March, 2017

Convention of States project comes to Capitol seeking traction in Trump era

State Rep. Lori Saine, R-Firestone, addresses Convention of States supporters at the Capitol in Denver, March 30, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Colorado state legislators Lori Saine and Vicki Marble plan to introduce a resolution this session directed to Congress and calling for a states convention to amend the U.S. Constitution in order to reduce the power of the federal government. “They usually just put state resolutions through the paper shredder, you know?” said Marble on Thursday. […]

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Bennet on Trump climate order: Administration ‘operating in theater of the absurd’

Ponnequin Wind Farm near Carr, Colo. (Ed Andrieski/AP)

In a prelude to the introduction of his “Clean Air, Healthy Kids Act,” on Wednesday, Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet delivered a trademark floor speech in which he sought to underline what he sees as another in the steady stream of absurd turns taken by policymakers in Washington. His target this time was the executive […]

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Cole Wist says he’s undaunted by wrenches thrown at construction defects bills by business coalition

Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist, R-Centennial, talks about the legislative session at a Colorado Republican Party fundraiser on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist, a Centennial Republican, says he’s committed to both of the bipartisan construction-defects bills before the Legislature despite concerns expressed by a coalition of business leaders, adding that his decades of experience as a high-stakes litigator lead him to believe an agreement could be at hand.

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Spurred by DC vote, Salazar weighs long-bill amendment to safeguard Web privacy in Colorado

Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, saw his amendment to pay for more oil and gas operations inspectors overturned during budget debate on March 31. (Photo by Ramsey Scott/The Colorado Statesman)

State Rep. Joe Salazar, Democrat from Thornton, has taken the lead in Colorado in rolling out legislation meant to defend state residents against Trump-era federal government overreach. On Facebook Thursday, Salazar said he might run an amendment to the state budget “long bill” next week in response to the Tuesday vote on Capitol Hill to […]

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Bill to allow medical marijuana to treat PTSD gains broad, bipartisan support

Vials filled with samples of marijuana are pictured Friday March 24, 2017 at the Blum medical marijuana dispensary, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

A bill that enables doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to PTSD patients has gained momentum in the Legislature this year, passing the Senate with broad support on a 34-1 vote and now pressing forward with similar agreement in the House. Sponsored by state Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, and state Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Boulder, SB 17 […]

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Friday is Jack Tate election bills day in the state Senate

Colorado's "gold dome."

On Friday, the Senate is scheduled to act on two closely watched elections bills sponsored by Centennial Republican Jack Tate. As The Statesman has reported, the first, Senate Bill 71, proposes to reallocate resources during the early voting period, shutting down some voter service centers in the first lightly trafficked week in the state’s largest […]

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