Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 18, 20172min347
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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Rep. Dan PabonRep. Dan PabonMarch 21, 20175min394

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.



Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 16, 20174min218
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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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 7, 20174min380

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 greater control of their reproductive health. It’s a trend that may act as a hedge against cutbacks in contraception that might come of Trump-era conservative health policies.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 7, 20177min719

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, <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/HB17-1156" target="_blank">HB-1156</a>, might receive the kind of welcome in the Senate that doesn't spell immediate doom.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 13, 201710min343

Lawmakers today embark on their sixth week of the session. <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/deadlineschedule.pdf" target="_blank">Eleven weeks to go</a>. 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 <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-035" target="_blank">SB 35</a>, a “fracktavist beware” bill that would hike penalties for tampering with oil and gas equipment. The Senate agriculture and energy committee will hear the bill on Thursday. and Sen. Andy Kerr’s <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-099" target="_blank">SB 99</a>, which would add Colorado to the list of National Popular Vote Agreement states. The bill will be heard Wednesday in the Senate’s State Affairs committee. Eleven states that control 165 electoral college votes have so far <a href="http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/status" target="_blank">signed on</a>. The agreement would take effect once it secures commitments from states that represent a majority of electoral votes -- that's 270 electoral college votes. So, at this point, the proposal needs to win over states that can deliver a total of 105 more electoral college votes. That's not impossible. Imagine, presidential candidates would actually have to campaign again in more than four or five swing states.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 26, 201615min338

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 Air & Space Museum in Denver to bestow the honor on an individual who exemplifies service toward bettering the community.



Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 28, 20162min323

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet VOL. 01 NO. 52 | MARCH 28, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016 SAVE THE DATE: The Colorado Statesman cordially invites you to an "End-of-Session Bash," Thursday, May 12, 4:30 - 6:30 pm at The University Club, 1673 Sherman St., Denver. More information coming soon. By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright @_JaredWright_ DENVER — Happy Monday! To those legislators in the state House, good luck debating the heck out of this year's Colorado budget. Do your constituents proud; prove that the Joint Budget Committee did its job and did it well. To the Senate, enjoy the week of regular business while it lasts. In other news, more key county assemblies for both the Democrats and Republicans took place this Easter weekend.