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Jeff BriggsJeff BriggsJune 20, 20186min732

The Bureau of Land Management is scheduled to lease mineral rights for oil and gas exploration on 11 land parcels totaling 18,358 acres in Huerfano County come this fall. Four of the parcels border the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area and all 11 are within eight miles of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Every one of those 18,358 acres makes up drainage for the upper Huerfano River Basin and are connected to the Arkansas River system.


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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandApril 16, 20184min263

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.

 

MONDAY

House Education Committee, 1:30 p.m. Room 112

House Bill 1379, School Finance Act.
House Bill 1391, prevention of sexual misconduct on college campuses.

House Finance Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 271

Senate Bill 200, reforms to Public Employees Retirement Association pension. Background here.

 

WEDNESDAY

House Education Committee, upon adjournment, Room 112

House Bill 1232, new school funding formula, for action only. Background here.

House Local Government Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 107

House Bill 1368, local control of minimum wage.

House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, 1:30 p.m., LSB-A

Senate Bill 192, to make local governments financially liable to mineral rights owners when the government bans fracking. Background here.

House 1318, to require presidential candidates to provide tax returns in order to qualify for Colorado ballot.

Senate Judiciary Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 352

House Bill 1256, sunset review, Colorado Division of Civil Rights and Civil Rights Commission. Background here.

Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, 1:30 p.m. Room 357

Nomination of Charles Frederick Garcia to the Civil Rights Commission, replacing Heidi Hess, who resigned. Background here.

Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee, 2 p.m., Room 354

House Bill 1187, allowing FDA-approved CBD oil. Background here.

 

THURSDAY

House Transportation & Energy Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 112

House Joint Resolution 1016, to designate I-25 within the city and county of Denver as Barack Obama Highway

Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 357

House Bill 1157, reporting requirements on oil & gas incidents.

Senate Health & Human Services Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 354

House Bill 1263, to add autism and chronic pain to allowable conditions for which medical marijuana can be prescribed.


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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandMarch 11, 20187min452
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 BunchMarch 8, 20183min643

The fracking war in the Colorado legislature continued to be one of attrition, as a Republican bill to force communities to pay up if they ban oil-and-gas operations was killed by Democratic majority in the House. The Republican majority in the Senate returned the gesture by killing a Democratic bill to give more regulatory control to local governments.


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Simon LomaxSimon LomaxFebruary 9, 20188min6075

How often do you think the New York Times and a Colorado Springs conservative ever agree, about anything? That’s the question I was asking myself after reading recent news coverage in the Times about the geopolitical importance of U.S. oil and natural gas production. The Jan. 28 story explained how much diplomatic and economic leverage we now have over countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia, which have historically used their energy supplies to intimidate other nations and get their own way.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 16, 20183min589
The Colorado Farm Bureau is proposing a ballot initiative that would compensate farmers when laws or regulations put their mineral rights out of reach. The text of Initiative 112 can be found by clicking here. Those affected would be paid the difference in fair market value before and after the new regulation was implemented on […]

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