Dickey Lee Hullinghorst
Colorado lawmakers started work Wednesday under new management: Republicans took command in the state Senate for the first time in a decade, and Democrats retained control of the House but elected a new speaker.
The legislative session that begins Wednesday in Colorado promises no shortage of juicy debates — from gun control and marijuana, to end-of-life decisions and new limits on oil and gas drilling.
Colorado lawmakers are preparing to debate tax refunds during what’s expected to be a packed legislative session where resolving complicated issues will be more challenging with each major party controlling a chamber of the Statehouse.
The issue of whether local communities should have more control over fracking seems to be headed to voters on the November ballot.
They packed committee hearings, waved signs and even publicly heckled Colorado’s governor. But oil and gas drilling critics saw one political failure after another in the legislative session that ended this week.
As Gov. John Hickenlooper says goodbye to lawmakers for the year, he might want to send some of them thank-you cards — both for giving him what he wanted and for backing off from what he didn’t.
A battle over oil and gas regulations is heating up at the Capitol as some lawmakers say more must be done to hold the industry accountable.
Some of the most vibrant business districts in Colorado are getting huge tax breaks meant for depressed areas and some lawmakers wonder why.
A report by The Denver Post shows that tax credits created more than 20 years ago to spark economic development in the poorest areas of Colorado are now available in more than 70 percent of the state.
Colorado politicians are debating big changes to how the state spends taxes as they hunker down into their most pressing problem — another year of dwindling budgets and painful spending cuts.