Governor John Hickenlooper says it’s time to prepare for fighting fires and on Monday he signed a bill into law creating the state’s first aerial fire fleet.
Lawmakers finished the 2014 Colorado legislative session lauding the same achievements: More money for schools and colleges, funding for an aerial firefighting fleet, and providing aid for victims of floods and wildfires.
A bill that would have meant a felony conviction for people repeatedly caught driving drunk died in the state Senate on Tuesday.
Colorado lawmakers are pushing several bills this year that seek to limit government surveillance — proposals that have gained momentum in the wake of revelations about federal collection of phone and email records.
Colorado lawmakers advanced a measure to ban red-light and speeding cameras, but they’re facing strong opposition from local governments and police.
The bill to create Colorado’s own aerial firefighting fleet is getting bipartisan support and Gov. John Hickenlooper is on board. The funding has been approved and now more details are coming out about what the fleet would look like.
Some state lawmakers believe Colorado should not have to wait for federal help when it comes to putting out state wildfires, and now they are working on a plan to bring an aerial firefighting fleet to the state.
Democrats in the state senate introduced a bill they say will make it easier for people to vote in recall elections.
Colorado Republicans want to try undoing some left-leaning proposals adopted last year, and their campaign starts with electricity.
Colorado Democrats begin the 2014 legislative session with a tenuous grasp on the state Senate after two recalls over gun restrictions, but they still control both chambers and the direction of the lawmaking term that opens Wednesday.