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Burning quesiton to refund pot money

The Colorado Statesman

When it comes to marijuana taxes, Colorado voters will probably be asking themselves in November — “Haven’t we done this already?”

Twice voters have approved ballot measures having to do with marijuana pot taxes and how they would be used. But the Taxpayer Bill of Rights requires that voters will have to take up the issue once again.

“Well it is deja vu all over again,” said Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver. “But TABOR is forcing us to vote again.”

Hudson: Holocaust remembrance attracts Colorado pols

The Colorado Statesman

Temple Emanuel in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood was filled nearly to bursting despite a wet, snowy evening last Thursday for the 34th Anti-Defamation League’s Mountain States Regional observance of the Shoah. Several dozen survivors of the camps were recognized together with a bi-partisan smattering of Colorado’s elected officials in attendance, including a strong showing from Denver candidates for municipal seats. The keynote speaker, Eva Mozes Kor, a survivor of Joseph Mengele’s demented medical experiments with twins, proved a tiny yet feisty, funny and inspiring keynote speaker.

Gov’s TABOR plan draws lukewarm reception

The Colorado Statesman

The 2015 legislative session began with Gov. John Hickenlooper touting the state’s economic successes. It may end with him lamenting the economic problems that couldn’t be solved.

Last week, the governor sent lawmakers a letter, suggesting how they could resolve contradictory fiscal laws that limit the state’s ability to fund certain infrastructure priorities.

Fetal homicide bill opponents cry personhood

The Colorado Statesman

A bill that would create a murder charge for the killing of an unborn child cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday, following a committee hearing that often centered around abortion.

Senate Bill 268 would allow prosecutors to file charges that include murder in cases where pregnant women are attacked.

The bill is a reaction to the gruesome March 18 attack on Michelle Wilkins of Longmont, whose 7-month-old fetus died after being cut from her womb.

OPINION

Zvonek: Call it like it is, Gov. Hickenlooper

GUEST COLUMNIST

“The check is in the mail” used to be the go-to excuse for those hoping to keep their debtors at bay. And, if Gov. Hickenlooper has his way, Colorado taxpayers will be hearing that line a lot more often when they look for their Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) refund checks.

Senate committee kills chokehold ban bill, 7 other police bills still make rounds in Capitol

The Colorado Statesman

In the wake of cases of apparent police brutality dominating headlines from Ferguson to North Carolina, Baltimore and all the way to Denver, lawmakers in Colorado this week took further action on a package of 10 bills aimed at restoring the public’s trust in the work of law enforcement.

A portion of the two handfuls of legislative proposals got unanimous support across chambers and aisles.

WAYPOSTS

Klingenschmitt running for SD 12

State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs, announced on Wednesday that he’s running for the Senate District 12 seat that will be left open when term-limited Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, steps down after next year’s election.

Holbert: Effective Advocacy 101

By Sen. Chris Holbert

Editor's Note: Sen. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, is contributing a column to this week's print edition. The Colorado Statesman is publishing the column in serial form online this week.

Opt out supporters claim calendar manipulation

The Colorado Statesman

Sponsors of a student assessment opt out bill are worried not only about a veto by Gov. John Hickenlooper, they fret that lawmakers won't have an opportunity to override the possible action.

That's because Senate Bill 223 won't receive a hearing in the House Education Committee until April 27, less than two weeks before the Legislature adjourns.

That gives the House plenty of time to pass the measure, but past the deadline for a vote to override a potential veto from the governor. April 24 is the deadline for any bill that passes the General Assembly to receive a veto override vote.

A 30-round compromise?

By Sen. Chris Holbert

Editor's Note: Sen. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, is contributing a column to this week's print edition. The Colorado Statesman is publishing the column in serial form online this week.