The controversial proposal is awaiting Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature
DENVER – A controversial bill to grant state-sanctioned driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants has yet to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has been under siege for the past week by proponents and opponents of the measure. Read more »
DUNLAP: Cold-blooded sociopath or mentally ill victim of abuse?
DENVER–She knew Nathan Dunlap when they were teenagers. She worked with him at Chuck E. Cheese, saw him socially, and once went to a party at his house. Now she wants him put to death. Read more »
HICKENLOOPER: “We’ll try to figure out some way we can get everybody a little pissed off”
DENVER–On the desk of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is a plate full of legislative hot potatoes that threatens to leave him with a serious case of political indigestion.
The governor is under growing pressure to defy his party and veto several Democratic bills, led by a measure that would hike the renewable-energy mandate. Read more »
Gov. Hickenlooper signed a Medicaid expansion bill with estimates on cost varying widely
DENVER – In his State of the State address, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced his plan to expand Medicaid to 160,000 low-income adults. The governor succeeded – despite Republican opposition – and signed the bill into law, Monday. Read more »
Judge Carlos Samour Jr. said he would decide whether to accept the insanity defense before a May 31 hearing
CENTENNIAL–The accused Aurora theater shooter entered a plea Monday of not guilty by reason of insanity, playing the only card he may have in an effort to save himself from execution. Read more »
No Republicans voted for the legislation, which was drawn up by Democrats, interest groups, and some county clerks
DENVER–A sweeping elections bill signed Friday by Gov. John Hickenlooper makes it easier to vote in Colorado, and that could be a problem, say critics.
Everyone agrees that the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act will increase participation by sending every registered voter a ballot and allowing same-day registration at voting centers, which will consolidate and replace the current precinct-polling system. Read more »
Illegal immigrants are among this legislative session’s biggest winners
DENVER– Illegal immigrants are among this legislative session’s biggest winners, scoring big victories on in-state college tuition for undocumented students, and immunity from law enforcement reporting their presence to federal immigration authorities – both signed into law by Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper. And the haul may not be over just yet. Read more »
The proposal was the last in a package of ill-fated bills designed to crack down on the state’s oil-and-gas industry
DENVER–The Colorado General Assembly adjourned Wednesday after a stranger-than-fiction moment that saw Democrats kill a key environmental bill even though it was expected to pass with bipartisan support.
House Bill 1267 would have raised fines on oil-and-gas violations from $1,000 to $15,000 per day, the first increase since 1955. Read more »
Opponents argue that 5 nanograms is an arbitrary standard, and that scientific studies are inconclusive
DENVER– A bill to set marijuana DUI limits passed its final hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday, and was directed to Gov. John Hickenlooper who will likely sign it into law. Hickenlooper urged the legislature to pass the bill, which was revived after being derailed last month.
The passage of the bill seemed to become a crusade for Sen. Steve King (R-Grand Junction) who sponsored the measure and pitched it six times since 2010, including the regular and special sessions last year. Read more »
H.B. 1267 seeks to increase fines from $1,000 per day to $15,000 per day for significant environmental violations
DENVER–Virtually every Democratic Party constituency emerged a winner in the 2013 legislative session, except one: foes of the oil-and-gas industry.
They’ll get one more chance Wednesday to salvage their agenda with House Bill 1267, a measure that would hike fines on industry rule-breakers. Read more »