Colorado

Politics In Brief - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

CO Has Most Female Lawmakers COLORADO has the highest percentage of female legislators in the nation, at 42 percent, according to analysis of National Conference of State Legislatures data by InsideGov.com. Although that rate is significantly higher...

Environment - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

Environment In CO The COLORADO Supreme Court strikes down an ordinance in the town of Longmont that barred hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the disposal of waste water associated with the process within city limits. The court said the law was...

WY, CO Move Opposite Directions With Female Representation | 04-15-2016

Wyoming, the Equality State, was the first U.S. territory to grant women the right to vote and the first state to elect a female governor. But only 13 percent of its current state lawmakers are women, the lowest rate of any state in the country, according...

Partisan Shifts Possible In Several Statehouses | 04-15-2016

This year’s statehouse elections offer opportunities for both Democrats and Republicans to shift majority control of legislative chambers, according to Tim Storey of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Democrats are eyeing Republican...

CO Headed for Recession? | 04-01-2016

After years of positive reports about Colorado’s economy as it surged out of the Great Recession, the General Assembly’s economist warned last month that the state could be headed for a recession. Legislative Council economist Larson...

Politics In Brief - April 4 2016 | 04-01-2016

High Court Denies Challenge of CO Pot Laws The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear NEBRASKA and OKLAHOMA’s challenge of COLORADO's marijuana legalization laws. The 6-2 vote means COLORADO’s first-of-their-kind cannabis laws will...

Majority of States Have Good Samaritan Laws | 03-04-2016

States have enacted numerous laws to combat the epidemic of opioid-related deaths plaguing much of the United States. Most common are so-called “Good Samaritan” laws that generally give a person civil or criminal immunity for seeking help...

States Still Divesting from Iran | 02-12-2016

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books prohibiting at least some state pension or retirement funds from investing in companies that do a certain amount of business in Iran. Ten of those states also have laws on the books...

Budgets In Brief - February 15 2016 | 02-12-2016

Wolf Calls PA Finances ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) warned lawmakers last week that the Keystone State’s finances are a ticking “time bomb” leading the state toward “a fiscal catastrophe the...

States take action on Mental Health First Aid | 02-04-2016

During the 2013-14 legislative year, 14 states enacted bills related to Mental Health First Aid - CPR-like training to help emergency personnel, teachers and others recognize and respond to mental health disorders - according to the National Council for...

Social Policy - February 8 2016 | 02-04-2016

Social Policy in CO The COLORADO Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs rejects SB 25, so-called ‘death with dignity” legislation that would have allowed doctors to prescribe drugs to terminally ill patients that help...

Hick's Gonna Hick | 01-29-2016

You have to hand it to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper: he’s pretty hip for a 63-year-old. As the Colorado Springs Gazette reports , the gov often referred to as “Hick” took some time for levity during his recent State of the State address...

Politics In Brief - February 1 2016 | 01-29-2016

ND Tribe Challenges voter ID Laws Seven members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa have filed a lawsuit against North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger (R) alleging that recent changes to the state's voter ID laws infringe on their right...

All-Mail Elections Alone May Not Increase Voter Turnout | 01-08-2016

Oregon became the first state to conduct elections entirely by mail with a voter-approved initiative (Measure 60) in 1998. Washington made the switch via legislative action in 2011. And Colorado followed suit in 2014. The nation’s most populous...

Lottery-Fixing Investigation Spreads Nationwide | 01-08-2016

Last summer, Eddie Tipton, a former security officer for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which administers several multi-state games including Powerball and Mega Millions, was convicted of rigging a jackpot in Iowa in 2010. Now Tipton is facing...

Environment - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

The U.S. House of Representatives approves HR 1321, a bill that would ban the use of microbeads, small bits of plastic found in a variety of personal products like soap and toothpaste. At least eight states, including ILLINOIS, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT,...

Politics In Brief - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

NC legislators call for session limits Three Democratic NORTH CAROLINA lawmakers, Rep. Charles Graham, Rep. Garland Pierce, and Sen. Jane Smith, are urging session limits, saying there’s no need for the state’s legislative sessions to run...

Intrastate Opposition Over Obama Policies | 10-16-2015

Multistate lawsuits challenging White House policy have been de rigueur since the Affordable Care Act. Over two dozen states are opposing the Obama administration’s plan to defer the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants. And at least 20...

Denver to Consider Local Tax for Higher Ed | 10-16-2015

A measure bound for Denver, Colorado’s Nov. 3 ballot would raise the city’s sales tax to help local college students cover the rising cost of their tuition. Supporters of Measure 2A - who include Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) and former...

Governors In Brief - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

CO Gov Issues Mascot Order COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) issued Executive Order B 2015 006, which will create a commission to discuss American Indian high school mascots. Commission members will include tribes, local community members and state...

Pre-election voting restricted in many states | 09-18-2015

In most states eligible voters can cast their votes before Election Day, either by going to the polls during designated early voting periods or by voting via absentee ballot. But 30 states have no early voting period, although 13 of those states allow...

Politics In Brief - September 14 2015 | 09-10-2015

Activists Pull Pot Measure Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to allow marijuana use in bars and other businesses in Denver said this month they were going to pull the measure and instead work with city and business leaders on a measure that could...

Line Of The Day... | 08-07-2015

...comes courtesy of Colorado state Rep. Dan Pabon, who was part of a panel discussion on legalizing marijuana at last week’s big National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Summit in Seattle. Noting that he represents part of the capital city...

Politics In Brief - August 10 2015 | 08-07-2015

Women Lawmakers In The States COLORADO has the highest percentage of female state lawmakers in the nation, at 42 percent, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures. LOUISIANA has the lowest percentage, at 11.8 percent (HONOLULU...

New Sagebrush Rebellion In CO | 07-31-2015

The fight for more control over federal lands within state borders has been waxing and waning in the American West since at least the 1890s. The latest flare-up of the Sagebrush Rebellion is centered in Colorado, where Republican gubernatorial nominee...

CO Ballot Measures Aimed at Gay Marriage | 07-10-2015

Two Littleton, Colorado residents, Gene and D’Arcy Straub, have filed a pair of ballot initiatives that would redefine same-sex marriages in the state as civil unions and allow wedding-related businesses that oppose gay marriage to hire contractors...

Education - July 6 2015 | 07-02-2015

DE Approves SB 79 The DELAWARE House approves SB 79, which among several thing bars education technology service providers from selling student data or using that data to market to students or their families. The measure also bars them from building...

Business - June 22 2015 | 06-19-2015

CO Court Upholds Medical Marijuana Card Holder Ruling The COLORADO Supreme Court upholds a lower court’s ruling that employers can fire workers for using medical marijuana even if they do it during off hours. The plaintiff, a quadriplegic medical...

Crime & Law Enforcement - June 8 2015 | 06-05-2015

CO Signs HB 1043 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs HB 1043, legislation that makes a fourth DUI a felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of as much as $500,000. The law takes effect Aug. 5 (CASPER STAR TRIBUNE, LEXISNEXIS...

Education - June 1 2015 | 05-29-2015

MI Approves HB 4041 The MICHIGAN Senate approves HB 4041, a bill that would end cash assistance for families where a child is considered chronically truant as determined by school district rules. The families would lose about $386 per month in cash...

Politics In Brief - June 1 2015 | 05-29-2015

CO Signs HB 1057 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) has signed a bill (HB 1057) requiring citizen petitions for constitutional amendments to include estimates of the proposals’ fiscal impact. Currently such estimates aren’t required until...

Social Policy - May 11 2015 | 05-08-2015

MO Overrides Veto of SB 24 The MISSOURI Legislature overrides a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) of SB 24, legislation that cuts the lifetime limit for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program from five years to three years and nine months and...

Health & Science - April 20 2015 | 04-17-2015

CO Approves SB 14 The COLORADO Senate approves SB 14, which among several things requires medical marijuana growers that cultivate more than 99 plants to be licensed by the state. The measure moves to the House (DENVER POST). Also in COLORADO , the...

Many States Restrict Municipal Broadband Development | 04-10-2015

The Federal Communications Commission issued a ruling in February preempting laws in North Carolina and Texas that restricted municipalities from developing their own broadband networks. As of January 2014, 20 states had such restrictions in place, according...

Environment - April 6 2015 | 04-03-2015

The COLORADO House approves HB 1259, which would overturn the Centennial State’s ban on backyard rain barrels. The bill, which would allow residents to collect up to 110 gallons of rainwater, moves to the Senate (DENVERCBSLOCAL.COM).

Budgets In Brief - April 6 2015 | 04-03-2015

Taxpayer Refunds for CO According to economic forecasts released last month, COLORADO will exceed its constitutional limit on tax collections under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights by $70-$220 million this fiscal year, triggering taxpayer refunds...

Governors In Brief - April 6 2015 | 04-03-2015

OK Issues EO 2015-17 OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin (R) issues Executive Order 2015-17, which creates a new executive panel designed to develop a plan for improving the range and quality of services for people with developmental disabilities (LEXISNEXIS...

Governors In Brief - March 23 2015 | 03-20-2015

Arkansas Reviews Child Welfare In the wake of a state lawmaker’s admission he “re-homed” his two adopted daughters with a man who later sexually assaulted them, ARKANSAS Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) last week ordered a review of the state’s...

Social Policy - March 7 2016 | 03-16-2015

Social Policy In CO Authors of so-called “right to die” legislation in COLORADO pull HB 1054 from consideration, saying they lack the votes to get it passed. The Centennial State was vying to become the fifth state to adopt such legislation...

Social Policy - March 16 2015 | 03-13-2015

Colorado House Approves HB 1175 The COLORADO House approves HB 1175, which would bar mental health care providers from employing gay-conversion therapy on patients under age 18. It moves to the Senate (DENVER POST). U.S. Redefines Definition of...