Jerry Kopel

KOPEL: EVER WONDER WHAT HAPPENED TO NO-FAULT INSURANCE?

In Colorado, tort law has quietly replaced 'No Fault' in vehicle injury cases

Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies wants to see the hodgepodge of insurance statutes compiled into a coherent whole under the upcoming Sunset review.

KOPEL: SOME DOCTORS WOULD WORK FOR FREE

Uninsured or poor patients will benefit

Doctor Dave is bored. After spending three decades as a specialist in internal medicine, he retired. Now he wants to again practice after three years of golf and travel. The Dept. of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) recognized the value of a reinvigorated Dave as part of the medical practice of Colorado.

KOPEL: DORA WANTS TO TRIM NEVER-ACTIVATED TREATMENT

Obesity program goes the way of all flesh

Colorado legislators might have to wait a while on the weighty issue of a pilot program to treat obesity. At least that is the recommendation by the Department of Regulatory Agencies: Repeal a never-yet-used pilot program.

KOPEL: ARE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS REALLY REGULATED?

Time for Colorado to wrestle MMA rules

Wrestling your opponent to the ground is a foul in boxing or kickboxing. But it is quite ordinary in mixed martial arts, or MMA.

KOPEL: KEEP CURRENT STANDARDS TO REDUCE EDUCATION COSTS

DORA ponders upping credit hours for CPAs

Colorado’s schools of higher education have enough to do just surviving. Yet, the Department of Regulatory Agencies recommends requiring accounting students to pay more tuition costs and to take more semester credits so that Colorado standards match the rest of the nation. That position marks a change since DORA’s last reviews, in 1999 and 2004, when the department opposed such an increase.

KOPEL: COLORADO PASSED A MARIJUANA TAX IN 1988

Legal medical pot can make sense and cents

Medical marijuana not only makes legal sense, it also can make legal cents for Colorado’s future budgets.

How Colorado got this far is based on past experience and also President Obama’s “advice” to the Department of Justice.

KOPEL: WILL SUN RISE ON NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?

Medical Society spurns naturopath regulation

It is a long, grueling battle between those already under health care regulation and those who want to be regulated.

KOPEL: REAL WINNERS ARE COLORADO LEGISLATORS WHO KEPT PRESSURE ON SOVIETS

Colorado legislators played key part in release of The Leningrad Three

The subject of this column was the failed hijacking of a 12-seat airplane from Leningrad Airport in Soviet Russia in June of 1970. Ten refuseniks were involved. A refusenik is a Russian who wanted the freedom to practice his or her religion or the freedom of political life provided in a democracy.

KOPEL: REGULATORY REVIEWS FOR 2010

Sunrise, Sunset … swiftly flow the reviews

Much ado about nothing? Or much ado about a lot?

Many licenses and regulatory laws have now been reviewed by the Department of Regulatory Agencies for consideration by the 2010 Legislature. You or your friends might be affected by the changes DORA will suggest in the reports to be released in the middle of October.

KOPEL: LET'S HOPE MORE RESPECTFUL ADS ARE THE TREND

Former Gov. Bill Owens helps “cut the wire” on tasteless lottery ads

During his 12-year tenure as governor, Roy Romer often showed his dislike of the state lottery, but there was one issue he never really tackled: “IT.”