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Getting to yes, just saying no: Lawmakers Everett, Hansen and Kennedy talk session votes

State Rep. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood, left, presses the 'yes' button at his desk in House chambers on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the state Capitol in Denver. Kennedy and fellow first-year state Rep. Chris Hansen, D-Denver, were the only lawmakers to have voted 'yes' on third reading for every bill in the just-completed 2017 regular session of the General Assembly. State Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, right, presses the 'no' button at his desk in House chambers on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Everett was the only lawmaker to have voted 'no' on third reading more times than he voted 'yes' (Photos by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

By one measure, state Rep. Justin Everett, a House Republican serving his third term in the Colorado General Assembly, and state Reps. Chris Hansen and Chris Kennedy, a pair of Democrats in their first terms, stand as far apart as any lawmakers at the Capitol, based on the votes they cast in the just-completed 2017 […]

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Contraceptives bill allowing a year’s prescription with one pharmacy visit headed to Colorado governor

Colorado women won’t have to make monthly trips to the pharmacy to get their prescription contraceptives anymore, thanks to Rep. Brittany Pettersen’s two-year effort. The Senate passed House Bill 1186 on a 22-11 vote and heads to Gov. John Hickenlooper. The measure passed the House 50-14 on March 21. The Senate sponsor was Don Coram, R-Montrose, […]

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Pabon and Landgraf: Colorado must continue to unleash the sharing economy

Rep. Dan Pabon

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 […]

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House gives first OK to 12-month supply of contraceptives

A bipartisan bill to allow women to get a year’s worth of a prescription contraceptive with one pharmacy visit breezed through an initial vote on the House floor Thursday. Rep. Kim Ransom, R-Littleton, raised a logical question: Why just birth control? She voted against House Bill 1186 in the committee, after she quizzed insurance companies on why […]

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Colorado contraception bill part of trend rising in face of health care uncertainty

State Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, meeting with constituents at a town hall, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Lakewood Cultural Center. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

A bipartisan Colorado bill that would make it easier for women in one visit to the pharmacy to collect more of their prescription contraception in order to be guarded against pregnancy for longer stretches of time. The bill arrives as part of a legislative trend sweeping state capitals coast to coast that would give women […]

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Colorado bill to ban gay conversion therapy clears House

State Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver, at the Colorado Remembers 9/11 VIP reception in Denver, September 11, 2016. (Pat Duncan/The Colorado Statesman)

An effort three years running in Colorado to ban gay conversion therapy moved forward on Tuesday. All 37 state House Democrats and one Republican voted in favor of sending the proposal to the Republican-controlled Senate. Sponsor, Rep. Paul Rosenthal, a Denver Democrat and co-founder of the legislative LGBT caucus, was hopeful that this year’s bill, […]

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#Coleg Week 6: Concerning would-be fracktavist vandals, the death penalty, civil forfeiture, the tampon tax, PERA, broadband

Colorado's "gold dome."

Lawmakers today embark on their sixth week of the session. Eleven weeks to go. What’s on the schedule at the gold dome this week? The “Most Accessed Bills” box on the General Assembly website offers a snapshot. It includes Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg’s SB 35, a “fracktavist beware” bill that would hike penalties for tampering with […]

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? Contests for legislative leadership taking shape in tumultuous election year

A legislator's chair bearing the state seal sits empty in the Colorado House of Representatives chambers during the 2016 legislative session at the state Capitol in Denver. Even while the topsy-turvy 2016 general election enters its final days, legislators in the House and Senate are already preparing to take part in a smaller election of their own — for leadership positions. (Photo by Brennan Linsley/Associated Press)
There’s more than one election looming within the next couple weeks in Colorado. Two days after voters finish casting ballots on Nov. 8, state lawmakers — including what could be more than a dozen newly elected legislators — are scheduled to gather at the Capitol to elect leadership positions for the 71st General Assembly.

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Hancock honored as ‘heart and soul’ of Denver at Mizel Institute dinner (PHOTOS)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock listens as Larry Mizel describes why the mayor is the 2016 Community Enrichment Award winner at the Mizel Institute’s annual dinner on May 25 at Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
More than 2,000 civic, philanthropic and political leaders filled a converted Air Force hanger on Wednesday night to honor Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, the 2016 recipient of the Mizel Institute’s annual Community Enrichment Award. The institute’s annual dinner, dubbed “spring political prom” by one wag on Twitter, returned to the Wings Over the Rockies […]

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