Marianne Goodland

House committee passes bill to curb driving under influence of marijuana

The Colorado Statesman

The latest effort to set a standard for driving under the influence of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, may finally draw enough support to pass.

Legislators have tried several times previously, including during last year’s special session, to set a limit of 5 nanograms (ng) as a standard for determining when a marijuana user is under the influence while operating a motor vehicle.

This year, the sponsors of House Bill 13-1114, Reps. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, and Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, are trying a different approach.

‘Boots to Suits’ aims to move vets into college

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Military veterans moving from military life to civilian life have gotten another tool to help with that process. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and CU Denver have created a “Boots to Suits” program that will move vets into college and then into a second transition into the business world.

Boots to Suits started just a year ago, part of the university’s Veteran Student Services office. About 60 veterans are already in the program, and another 25 are expected in the spring semester.

Hickenlooper finishes first session bill signings

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper has finished signing legislation passed by the 2011 General Assembly, meeting the June 10 deadline for action.

Lamborn’s effort to cut NREL funding gets opposition from his own Republican Party

The Colorado Statesman

Fifth District Congressman Doug Lamborn’s effort to defund the Jefferson County-based National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) is getting some pushback from his fellow Republicans in Colorado.

Reapportionment Commission already approves first map

The Colorado Statesman

Two state senators could wind up in new districts under a preliminary map approved Monday by the state Reapportionment Commission.

Pace enters race in 3rd CD; Republicans pounce

The Colorado Statesman

House Minority Leader Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, ended months of speculation about his political future Tuesday and officially announced he will seek the Congressional District 3 seat currently held by Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo.

Hickenlooper vetoes childrens’ health insurance bill

Childrens’ advocates praise Guv’s decision
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper handed down his first full-bill veto Tuesday, striking down a measure that would have asked certain low-income parents to pay monthly premiums for their children’s health insurance.

Public testimony begins in reapportionment

The Colorado Statesman

The 11-member body that is charged with redrawing the state’s House and Senate seats heard the first suggestions from the general public on Tuesday, and while the number of people who showed up to speak were few, their testimony was potent.

PERA lawsuit moves forward; court date set

The Colorado Statesman

A Feb. 6, 2012 trial date has been set for the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of SB 10-001, the General Assembly’s effort to put the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) on solid financial footing.

House clerks put idle time to veterans’ benefit

The Colorado Statesman

If idle hands are the devil’s playground, as the expression goes, he’ll find no haven in the offices of the assignable clerks of the Colorado House of Representatives.