Legislative News

One last weak beer bill is still brewing

The Colorado Statesman

A second week of attention to changing Colorado’s laws on who can sell beer and at what strength saw another bill go down the drain and one left still on tap.

Redistricting maps in — Bipartisanship out?

The Colorado Statesman

On Tuesday, the Joint Select Committee on Redistricting will begin negotiating congressional boundaries drawn on 11 different maps.

Budget package, round 2: the House

The Colorado Statesman

The 2011 Long Appropriations Bill and accompanying budget-balancing bills landed in the House this week and on Thursday got final House approval. But the budget’s trip through the House was nothing like the generally-amiable reception the package got in the Senate.

Liston’s beer bill fails to ferment in House

The Colorado Statesman

It isn’t often that a legislator filibusters his own bill, but Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs, stretched out the debate on his House Bill 11-1284 for more than two hours, in hopes that it would survive the House.

Software tax exemption likely to return

The Colorado Statesman

Last year’s repeal of a tax exemption on downloadable software is likely to go back on the books this summer, the result of the budget deal struck by the Senate and House and contained in House Bill 11-1293.

Ethics committee unanimously dismisses complaint against state Senate leader

The Colorado Statesman

The Senate ethics committee Tuesday unanimously dismissed a complaint lodged last month against Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs.

Making of the 2011 budget

The Colorado Statesman

The deal may be done, but it’s far from a done deal.

After more than a week of closed-door negotiations and sometimes-hot tempers, the House and Senate have agreed on a budget package for 2011-12, a package that has the seal of approval from Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Education funding and politics also torpedoed JBC budget bill in 1986

The Colorado Statesman

During the past week, in discussing the possibility that the Senate would introduce its own budget bill, Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, and others, referenced the last time the Long Appropriations Bill came out under the sponsorship of someone other than the JBC was about 20 years ago.

Bi-partisan love fest ends for health care exchanges bill

The Colorado Statesman

The bill that would start the process for setting up health care exchanges in Colorado debuted with a bi-partisan love fest among House and Senate leadership and the governor.

Morse ethics probe nears deadline

The Colorado Statesman

It looks as if the next meeting of a committee looking into the investigation on an ethics complaint filed against Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, will wait until Tuesday.