Mark JaffeMark JaffeMarch 15, 20184min262

A bill to focus and enhance reporting of oil and gas industry spills and accidents cleared the House Transportation Energy Committee Wednesday over the objections of the oil and gas industry. The bill, House Bill 1157, passed with the committee’s eight Democrats voting for it and the five Republicans opposing it. The lesigation is a copy of the reporting rules for Utah, according to State Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, the bill’s sponsor.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 13, 20183min281

State Sen. Bob Gardner was having breakfast reading the newspaper when he saw that a public-sector union was on strike elsewhere in the country. The Republican from Colorado Springs was not supportive. "And I got to thinking about the fact that those collective bargaining agreements are often negotiated by people who are being paid by the taxpayers to negotiate against the interests of the elected officials and the government that the taxpayers fund," he told the Senate chamber Monday morning.