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Kimmi LewisKimmi LewisMarch 16, 20186min607

When legislation for perpetual conservation easements was first proposed in the United States Congress, the terms “rare” and “unique” were used to describe conservation easements eligible for the federal income tax deduction.  The program was intended to be used judiciously for the purpose of giving landowners a financial incentive to give up their surface development rights from now until the end of time.  


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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandMarch 11, 20187min453
Here are the legislative committee hearings of note for the week ahead at the Colorado Capitol. Committee schedules are subject to change. The daily schedule is available on the legislature’s website. Click here and scroll down to committee hearings to listen online. Some of the hottest bills of the session (civil rights, PERA reform) are up this week. […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchAugust 11, 20175min200
A half dozen legislators from the House and Senate heard hours of testimony Thursday about the challenges that endanger the next generation of Colorado farmers. The Young and Beginning Farmers Interim Study Committee heard about more problems than they could ever solve. The best that lawmakers could offer was  possible legislation to create a digital information […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 17, 20176min233
Supplemental budget bills usually are boring. Lawmakers check their phones. Reporters get coffee. Thursday’s round dripped with politics, vengeance and common sense, demonstrating politicians’ polite way of extending a middle finger. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman was on the receiving end of the morning maneuver on a supplemental appropriation the Senate had already passed and the process […]

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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanMay 21, 20164min429

Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, chastised Gov. John Hickenlooper and Capitol leadership at a recent luncheon for a poor record of accomplishment in the 2016 General Assembly. She wants legislators to take another crack at reclassifying the hospital provider fee and reforming construction defects law, two issues that got stuck in the 120-day session. But while the governor is reportedly considering whether to call legislators back for a special session, it’s unlikely that a session do-over will unstick the stuck.