Legislative News

Legislators get comfortable at 1525 Sherman

The Colorado Statesman

The dome isn’t the only part of the state Capitol to sport new duds for the 2015 legislative session. The House and Senate chambers were both restored to bring out architectural details from the past. A new hearing room has replaced the “bullpen” that served as offices for House members. Even the bathrooms at the north end of the capitol have gotten a makeover. But this could be the legislative session remembered for all the walking everyone will do to get from one end of the capitol complex to the other.

Republicans in Senate kill two commissions

Rep. Jessie Danielson files bill to restore CPEC
The Colorado Statesman

Majority Republicans in the Senate are flexing their muscles this week, putting to an end two commissions designed to address issues often found on Democratic agendas.

Wednesday, the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted along party lines to sunset the Colorado Voter Access and Modernized Elections Commission, a body created through 2013 legislation. The commission is due to issue its final report next month, with analysis from the 2014 election and recommendations for the 2016 election.

Change in Metro’s admission standards could prove a little testy at Legislature

The Colorado Statesman

The new chair of the Joint Budget Committee has stirred up a bit of a hornet’s nest with a bill that would radically change the mission and admission standards for Metropolitan State University of Denver. And it’s not a change that they sought.

Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 15-072, which would change Metro’s admissions standards from “modified open” to “moderately selective.”

Legislators wined, dined at CRA Reception

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Restaurant Association’s 24th annual Blue Ribbon Reception, deemed by legislators as their favorite party of the session, got underway Jan. 7 on the evening of the first day of the 70th General Assembly. Usually held on the 38th floor of downtown Denver’s Grand Hyatt Hotel where guests had a stellar view of the city skyline at sunset, this year’s well-attended event was instead staged in a large ballroom at the historic Brown Palace Hotel.

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John Hickenlooper, the grown-up governor

The Colorado Statesman

When you wonder what makes Colorado a special place, you could turn your face toward the snow-capped, majestic Rocky Mountains. You could praise the deep sense of freedom and independence instilled in its people, or the quality of life they get to enjoy day in, day out.

Or you could watch the governor pick the strings of a banjo during one of the marquee days of his tenure.

Hickenlooper embarks on second term after profound changes in last four years

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper took the oath of office for his second term on Tuesday, marking profound changes wrought on the state during his first term and casting a hopeful eye toward the next four years.

The self-described “incorrigible optimist” lauded the state economy’s climb in the aftermath of the Great Recession, all while facing unprecedented floods, fires and mass-shootings, along with the dissolution of his own marriage, he noted in one of several remarkably personal notes struck during the Denver Democrat’s second inaugural address.