Jerry Kopel

KOPEL: SOME BIG DRUG, GENERIC FIRMS AGREE NOT TO COMPETE

1976: Driving a stake (we thought) through the brand-name-drug monopoly

A Denver Post article recently gave me a headache by reminding me of the motto that kept me sane while serving 18 of my 22 years in the House as a member of the minority party: “The bad guys always win... eventually.”

KOPEL: DOWN WITH CAVEAT EMPTOR!

New law requires rental units to be habitable

Finally! The common law doctrine from England, caveat emptor (Latin for “let the buyer beware”) is no longer the guiding principle in landlord-tenant residential contracts in Colorado.

KOPEL: REAPPORTIONMENT BY INEXPERIENCED LAWMAKERS?

Redistricting: What legislators don’t know about the past can hurt Colorado

Reapportionment of the Legislature? Too early to discuss? Not really.
 
The 65-member House and the 35-member Senate will have new boundary lines in 2012, and there won’t be a large experienced group of legislators from 2001 to provide insight in 2011.
 

KOPEL: A MATTER OF LAW

Audits of the Colorado Lottery are needed to show compliance

I can hardly wait.

By this time next year, I will have reported to you on the State Auditor’s 2009 report on the Colorado Lottery. 

This will be only the fourth time the auditor has made an extensive review of a 25-year-old lottery based on issues requested by the state Legislature. The other reviews were 1987, 1997 and 2003.