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Renters, mobile home dwellers gain ground under two new Colorado laws

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Two pieces of legislation that became law Wednesday will help protect the rights of Colorado renters and mobile home residents. Hundreds of other laws take effect on the 90th day since the end of the legislative session. Senate Bill 245 requires landlords to give 21 days’ notice before raising the rent, instead of seven under […]

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Colorado Open Records Act digital update bounds over last legislative hurdles

Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, in his legislative office, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

The Colorado Open Records Act this year will receive a long-overdue digital-era update after Senate Bill 40 on Wednesday ended its switchback journey over the entire course of the 120-day legislative session Wednesday, finishing in the Senate with an against-all-odds unanimous vote of support. “No one would have guessed it would receive all 35 votes […]

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State Senate declares May motorcycle safety month with personal, cautionary two-wheel tales

A tour to La Cumbre on the outskirts of La Paz (Photo: AP)

State Sen. John Kafalas, the diminutive Democrat from Fort Collins, drew a word-picture of himself climbing onto a Harley Davidson. “I know it’s hard t believe, but I’ve ridden Harleys, and as long as they’re low riders, I can touch the ground and hold the bike up,” he said, drawing howls from the chamber. “Back […]

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Lawmakers propose asking voters to lower minimum age for Colorado legislators from 25 to 21

State Sens. Mike Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs, and Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins (Photos by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

A bipartisan group of legislators wants to ask voters whether to lower the minimum age to serve in Colorado’s General Assembly from 25 to 21. A decade after voters shot down an identical proposal at the polls, lawmakers are back with legislation to refer a constitutional amendment to the 2018 ballot, and they say the […]

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Kefalas on open records bill: An ‘interesting journey’

State Sen. John Kefalas speaks to The Statesman about his open records bill's 'interesting journey' this year as a piece of legislation that was once assumed dead but has since undergone compromise deals and gained serious momentum. (Photo by John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
Opening the hood of Colorado’s Open Records Act to change out even a few parts is a massive undertaking — too many of the components in this aging machine are moving. Aiming to make some long-overdue digital-era updates to CORA, state Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, started that process months ago and has been wrestling […]

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Colorado’s closely watched digital database open records bill advances

State Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, takes notes, February 24, 2016, during a committee hearing on an open records bill he co-sponsored. David Zalubowski, file AP Photo

A long-coming update to the Colorado Open Records Act that aims to make government digital datasets more readily accessible to the public advanced with bipartisan support in the State Senate Tuesday night. Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Fort Collins Democrat John Kefalas, is the latest version of a proposal that has been the subject of […]

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Drama-laden open records bill survives another hearing

Colorado state Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, makes a point about a public records bill that he co-sponsored during testimony on the measure before a state Senate committee in Denver in this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo. This bill died in the GOP-led Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. A new bill, sponsored by Kefalas, to bring Colorado's Open Records Act into the 21st century gets a Senate committee hearing Wednesday, March 1, 2017, after months of efforts, led by the secretary of state’s office, to show how public documents can be released by government agencies in digital formats without jeopardizing individuals’ privacy. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
A bill aimed at modernizing Colorado’s Open Records Act has survived its first Senate hearing — but with an amendment that could mean trouble down the road. The GOP-led Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday to send Senate Bill 40 by Democratic Sen. John Kefalas to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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