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.
Colorado lawmakers were closing a contentious and weighty term Wednesday with big decisions settled on gun control to immigration to marijuana. But the 120-day session didn’t end without a dose of partisan sniping and a few big ideas left on the table.
After tragedies like the Aurora theater shooting, public safety drove a lot of legislation this year in Colorado, dealing with everything from DNA testing to drug sentencing to crimes against pregnant women.
Former Adams County District Attorney Don Quick is hoping to become Colorado’s next attorney general.
Marijuana as a potential tax bonanza has Colorado lawmakers wrestling with a question both sides say they don’t know how to answer: How much will people pay for legal weed?
An expansion of DNA collection for some misdemeanor convictions has passed the Colorado House.
Colorado lawmakers still face several weighty pieces of legislation in the final weeks of the session, including how to regulate a now legal marijuana industry and an overhaul of the state’s system to fund public schools.
Colorado Democrats advanced an elections overhaul Thursday that includes mailing ballots to every registered voter and allowing same-day registration — proposed changes that have Republicans nervous about the potential benefit to Democrats.
Last-minute tangling on next year’s budget cost Colorado Democrats Republican support Friday, when a Democratic budget writer questioned whether $3 million for scholarships could benefit students in the country illegally.
Colorado Democrats are planning sweeping changes to how elections are run in the state. Democrats want to allow same-day voter registration and to require that every registered voter gets a ballot by mail.