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Colorado Senate Democratic leader learned significant lessons about compromise

The legislative session that ended on Wednesday was so erratic that Senate Democratic Leader Lucia Guzman didn’t know whether to argue or bake pastries. “It was risky all along,” Guzman said of the session, especially when it came to a compromise that allowed the state to restructure a hospital-bed occupancy fee while lowering the state spending […]

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House Majority Leader on crucial Hospital Fee bill negotiations: ‘We’re so, so super close’

State Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, 2016. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Weeks of tense negotiations and occasional lawmaker blowups are coming to an end, one way or another, over a linchpin bill that in its last iteration would raise $1.8 billion in bond money for state transportation upgrades, save state hospitals from a proposed $500 million cut and lower the state spending limit in future years […]

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#Coleg Week 17: Hospital fee, high-risk pools, transportation reprise, forced pooling, Columbus Day, sanctuary cities

Colorado's "gold dome."
The big game this week will strut into the open on Tuesday at 8:40 a.m., when the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 267, the forebodingly titled “Sustainability of Rural Colorado” proposal. The bill would rescue the proposed state budget from its wretchedness by refilling $500 million in hospital cuts and generating […]

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Give us the news: Lynchpin hospital fee bill still under wraps

The dome as seen from the Legislative Building. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

“Senate Bill 267 will be laid over,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Kevin Lundberg. “We’ll begin with…” But the room wasn’t listening to him anymore. Nearly all of the reporters and lobbyists sitting arrayed before the committee members rose from their chairs and headed to the door. “Thank you for coming, everyone,” joked one of […]

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With Esgar on board, House Dems pass bitter-pill measure to slash hospital funds, advance budget debate

Colorado House Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder, toughs out a vote on the budget that might end in slashing $500 million from hospitals that serve hard-pressed residents. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Democratic leaders dodged a bullet Tuesday afternoon and passed with one vote to spare a crucial “orbital” budget bill that nevertheless threatens to blow a gaping hole in state hospital budgets and shutter healthcare facilities in already woefully underserved rural districts. Senate Bill 256 passed on 33-31 vote. Four Democrats joined the Republican caucus to […]

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House passes bipartisan construction litigation reform bill unanimously

House Bill 1279 sponsors House Minority Whip Lori Saine, R-Dacono, Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist, R-Centennial, and Assistant House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver, stand in front of a unanimous vote tally in favor of the legislation on Monday, April 24, 2017, in House chambers. (Photo courtesy Cole Wist via Twitter)

Bipartisan legislation to make it more difficult for homeowners associations to sue condominium developers for construction defects passed unanimously out of the Colorado House on Monday and is headed to the Senate. The bill marks a breakthrough backers hope will thaw Colorado’s frozen condo construction market and help address a housing shortage across the state.

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Lawmakers, stakeholders say persistence, high stakes led to breakthrough on construction defects bill

Gov. John Hickenlooper speak at a press conference announcing compromise legislation to require informed consent before condominium owner associations can move ahead on complaints over flawed construction on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the state Capitol in Denver. Homeownership Opportunity Alliance co-chair Mike Kopp House, Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Community Associations Institute spokeswoman Suzanne Leff stand alongside the governor. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Officials say they’re hopeful a breakthrough compromise reached on construction defects legislation as Tuesday night turned to Wednesday will thaw Colorado’s frozen condominium market and help resolve the state’s housing crisis. Calling the agreement a “psychic win,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday at a Capitol news conference that he expects builders to respond favorably, and […]

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