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John TomasicJohn TomasicMay 2, 20173min7351

It took <a href="https://www.coloradostatesman.com/colorado-senate-advances-ban-on-toxic-coal-rolling-cultural-protest/" target="_blank">two tries</a> this legislative session, but Colorado lawmakers on Tuesday voted to ban "rolling coal," the practice of modifying a diesel car or truck engine to spew unfiltered exhaust. Senate Bill 278, sponsored in the House by Fort Collins Democrat JoAnn Ginal and in the Senate by Durango Republican Don Coram, <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/content/sb17-278vote55457c" target="_blank">passed</a> a final reading in the House today by a wide margin, 40-25.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 24, 20174min345

Two-and-a-half weeks till closing time, and there’s plenty of business left to conduct in this building. All eyes will be watching <strong>transportation-funding</strong> <a href="https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1242" target="_blank">House Bill 1242</a>. It’s being heard Tuesday in the Senate Finance committee. It’s one of the big-deal top-priority bills of the session, and it seems doomed. Will there be amendments? Will someone have found a new revenue stream to replace the sales tax hike? Will the parties working the bill feel like they can put their cards on the table at this point? Will the bill be killed only to be reincarnated into something more attractive in the coming days?


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 9, 20174min528

You couldn’t call anyone who spoke at the Senate State Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday a fan of “rolling coal,” including the majority Republican senators who all voted against a bill that would have made the practice illegal in Colorado. Rolling coal has made news across the country for years. It involves modifying a diesel truck engine to send clouds of black soot from its exhaust pipe or pipes, and preferably into the breathing space of pedestrians, bicyclists, Prius drivers, members of the state’s outdoor cafe society — the kind of people who would most take offense.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinMarch 5, 20175min333

If you ride your bike along busy streets or even highways, you're probably aware of what "rolling coal" means. For those who don't, a bill before state lawmakers may not matter, but those who do are pretty excited. The Colorado Independent reported the legislation would impose a $100 traffic fine on motorists who change their vehicles, usually either with an alternate tailpipe or smokestack, to blast exhaust smoke at another driver, bicyclist, motorcyclist, pedestrian or other human target as they pass by.