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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandMarch 4, 20184min110
Here are the legislative committee hearings of note for the week ahead in 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 Colorado Independent Ethics Commission, 9 a.m. Colorado Judicial Building, 1300 Broadway, room 1B NOTE: […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 18, 20183min295
Rep. Dave Williams, R-Colorado Springs, brokered a compromise on a bill that would help desperate Colorado school districts to find teachers. If the legislation can do as well in the Senate, where it’s sponsored by Sen. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, school districts could grant a local license to an applicant who has taught three years […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 15, 20183min1939

The Colorado House Republicans announced its committee assignments Friday. As the minority party in the chamber, the caucus controls no committee chairmanships or majorities.

Here are the assignments:

House Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee

  • Jon Becker, ranking member
  • Perry Buck
  • Marc Catlin
  • Kimmi Lewis
  • Hugh McKean
  • Lori Saine

House Appropriations Committee

  • Bob Rankin, ranking member
  • Jon Becker
  • Susan Beckman
  • Justin Everett
  • Patrick Neville

House Business Affairs and Labor Committee

  • Lang Sias, ranking member
  • Larry Liston
  • Shane Sandridge
  • Dan Thurlow
  • Kevin Van Winkle
  • Dave Williams

House Education Committee

  • Jim Wilson, ranking member
  • Justin Everett
  • Tim Leonard
  • Paul Lundeen
  • Judy Reyher
  • Lang Sias

House Finance Committee

  • Kevin Van Winkle, ranking member
  • Susan Beckman
  • Phil Covarrubias
  • Polly Lawrence
  • Shane Sandridge
  • Dan Thurlow

House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee

  • Susan Beckman, ranking member
  • Phil Covarrubias
  • Stephen Humphrey
  • Lois Landgraf
  • Kim Ransom
  • Jim Wilson

House Judiciary Committee

  • Yeulin Willett, ranking member
  • Terri Carver
  • Paul Lundeen
  • Cole Wist

House Local Government Committee

  • Kim Ransom, ranking member
  • Larry Liston
  • Hugh McKean
  • Judy Reyher
  • Dan Thurlow
  • Jim Wilson

House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee

  • Lois Landgraf, ranking member
  • Susan Beckman
  • Marc Catlin
  • Justin Everett
  • Hugh McKean
  • Kim Ransom

House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee

  • Stephen Humphrey, ranking member
  • Tim Leonard
  • Dave Williams

House Transportation and Energy Committee

  • Polly Lawrence, ranking member
  • Jon Becker
  • Perry Buck
  • Terri Carver
  • Kimmi Lewis

Legislative Audit Committee

  • Lori Saine
  • Tim Leonard

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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 9, 201810min359
Although the Colorado General Assembly usually sees the most fervent action late in its sessions, state Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, and state Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, are gearing up for opening day on Wednesday in Denver. The state Senate is divided 18-17, with Republicans holding a single-seat advantage, and the state House of Representatives is […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 7, 20185min490
Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran, 37, is ending her House career at an age when many lawmakers are barely getting started. In the last two years, Duran’s national profile has risen dramatically, even before becoming the state’s first Latina speaker of the house. She won the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award in March 2016 from […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirDecember 24, 201714min950

For a relatively young man who went so far so fast in Colorado politics — and who developed such a high profile by the time he left office — Terrance Carroll has an almost astonishing answer when asked if he ever intends to get back in the ring. You'll have to read on to find out what he told us, but here's a hint: When asked for his bucket list, the former Colorado House speaker and Denver Democrat — a practicing attorney at a national law firm, ordained minister and champion of educational choice — says he thinks about writing a book. For at-risk kids.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 20, 20173min367

Well, you didn’t expect the Colorado Municipal League to ask for lasers and free ponies, did you? The venerable, powerful and dutiful representative of the state’s towns and cities has more practical requests for the legislative session that begins Jan. 10.

“The main themes for the session will be maintaining local control and home rule authority, funding previous unfunded mandates from the state and trying to protect municipal taxpayer dollars from being appropriated or spent by the General Assembly through decisions that should remain local,” that’s what the CML Executive Board voted on last Friday.

More specifically, the league will have its hands on bills related to affordable housing, the opioid epidemic, natural disaster preparedness and homelessness. Marijuana, alcohol sales and energy development also are on the CML’s radar, as well as changes to the Public Employees Retirement Association.

The CML writes about its wish list on its website.

“Predictably, there will be new attempts to expand the frontier of marijuana legalization in Colorado,” the CML reports. “Early drafts of legislation that would permit (with local opt-in and approval) licensed premises for onsite, non-smoking marijuana consumption include a number of items of concern to CML. Yet, as the CML Policy Committee and CML Executive Board discussed, municipalities have wide range of views on these issues. At the core, CML’s goal is to ensure absolute local control.

“There also will be more legislation on beer and liquor this session, as the shockwaves from the 2016 shift to allow grocery stores to have multiple licenses to sell beer, wine, and sprits continue to create impacts. Additionally, a provision from the 2016 bill taking effect in 2019 now has people’s full attention. It allows conveniences stores and grocery stores with regular fermented malt beverage licenses to sell full-strength beer without any additional process. CML is working on multiple fronts on these issues.”

On PERA, the Municipal league pledged to be involved in any reforms that come down the legislative pipeline.

“With the ability to be fully funded long before the State and School Divisions, the much better funded Local Government Division can handle a little lighter touch than may be proposed for the rest of the PERA Divisions,” the CML said.