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Rep. Dan PabonRep. Dan PabonMarch 21, 20175min893

A few years ago, Colorado triggered a wave of innovation when it became the first state to update its laws so that ride-sharing digital platforms, Uber and Lyft, could continue to thrive while establishing proper safety and consumer protections. What we know now, two years after that effort, is that it was crucial for Colorado’s economy and lifestyle that our laws continue to keep pace with developments in modern commerce.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 17, 20177min911

An elections administration bill that has been quietly hanging around the Senate chamber since it was introduced the first week of the legislative session in Colorado will stay a little while longer. On Friday, lawmakers laid over <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/SB17-071" target="_blank">Senate Bill 71</a> for second reading until Monday. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jack Tate, a Republican from Centennial, proposes to reallocate resources and save money by trimming back the number of early voting period Voter Service Centers large counties are required to set up in the first week of the early voting period. The voting centers are used infrequently in the first of the two weeks running up to Election Day. Tate would allow clerks who wanted to save money to set up one less voting center. The bill would also increase voting hours in the busy last days before the end of the voting period.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 15, 20178min770

Members of the House judiciary committee Tuesday voted unanimously in support of a bill that would see state compensation paid in a lump sum to wrongly convicted Coloradans, a change supporters argue helps newly freed prisoners without bank accounts and financial credit adjust to life beyond prison walls. Robert Dewey testified in favor of <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-125" target="_blank">Senate Bill 125</a> last month when it passed in the Senate judiciary committee and he was the main witness on Tuesday at the House committee as well.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 13, 201710min790

This week we take up where the thud-like introduction of the transportation-funding <a href="https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1242" target="_blank">House Bill 1242</a> left off. Conservatives remain unimpressed. Sponsors, House Speaker Crisanta Duran, a Denver Democrat, and Senate President Kevin Gratham, Canon City Republican, will work to make their trial balloon seem less like the Hindenburg, to <a href="https://www.coloradostatesman.com/republicans-conservative-groups-rip-proposal-send-transportation-tax-hike-voters/" target="_blank">borrow a phrase</a> from Littleton Republican Sen. Tim Neville. Supporters of the bill have eight weeks to win over the building. Here’s a GOP source hoping for the best but fearing the worst: “Maybe it’s term limits, but they say deals used to be arrived at in this building through the process of moving a bill through the chambers. Now it’s about backroom handshakes that lead to a bill and, basically, the dealmaking is done. People are lined up for or against. It either passes or fails.” Here’s some of what else is happening this week. As always, the schedule is subject to change.



Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 9, 20173min101
They should call it the You First Act. The bleary-eyed can take heart Sunday morning when daylight saving time begins and  they’ve lost an hour of sleep. The Colorado legislature feels their pain. A bill introduced — well, reintroduced — in the Colorado House this week would make daylight saving time the year-round clock in Colorado. […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 1, 20177min810

State Sen. John Kefalas says he hopes that an amendment he plans to introduce in committee Wednesday will take care of the bulk of the privacy concerns raised over legislation he’s sponsoring that would require government agencies to produce public records in searchable digital formats. “I happen to be a person of faith,” the Fort Collins Democrat told reporters Tuesday. “Therefore, I’m cautiously optimistic.”


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John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 18, 20175min1450

At a raucous meeting hosted Thursday by the Colorado Department of Transportation and <a href="http://www.coloradoindependent.com/164045/colorado-cdot-i-70-elyria-swansea" target="_blank">hijacked by angry residents</a> of the Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods in central Denver, the presence of three members of the Legislature made a splash. There was state Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran in the front row mostly watching and listening to the angry residents. They're all her District 5 constituents. And there standing at the back were reliably outspoken members of the House chamber Reps. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, and Dan Pabon, D-Denver. They stood just watching, too, their lips sealed, their heads turning this way and that way as people at the front of the crowd made points and audience members shouted in response.



Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 8, 20173min99
You’re going to hate this news on the second Sunday in March, when the clock springs forward and you have to get up an hour earlier for work. House Bill 1118 to exempt Colorado from daylight saving time was shelved Wednesday morning before it could be heard by the House Agriculture Committee. Instead, sponsors Dan Pabon, D-Denver, […]

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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 26, 201711min65

A bill proposing to make changes in early voting and how voter service polling centers operate could include other election-related changes, after discussions by the Colorado Secretary of State's Bipartisan Election Advisory Committee. State Sen. Jack Tate, R-Centennial, attended the Thursday, Jan. 26, meeting and offered to consider adding some committee recommendations to his Senate Bill 17-071, which is scheduled to be heard by the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee Wednesday, Feb. 1.