Legislative News

JBC: K-12 to take another hit in 2011-12

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Despite a decade of improved funding for K-12 education, the outlook for its funding is likely to take another substantial hit in 2011-12.

HD 56 vacancy committee to pick Scanlan replacement Sunday

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Democratic vacancy committee for House District 56 plans to decide this weekend on who will represent the three-county district in the General Assembly for the next two years. And two members of that 15-member body are among the candidates for the seat and will be allowed to vote.

Springs legislator wants more changes for pension plan

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Dissatisfaction with the fixes for PERA and its structure is prompting Republicans at the state capitol to come up with more changes for the state pension plan for 2011.

Freshmen legislators hear from respected predecessors

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The freshmen class for the 2011 General Assembly enters the state capitol on January 12 as part of a divided House and Senate, and two former members of that body pleaded with them to behave honorably and respectfully, lest they fail to get anything done.

Freshmen orientation has tips for legislators’ spouses and partners

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

While life will be changing dramatically for 25 new members of the Colorado General Assembly, their families were learning what to expect during the 120 days of the next legislative session.

Pot regulation still a burning issue

Smoke has begun to clear after last session's attempt

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A senator, doctor, entrepreneur and college professor provided insight and speculation Tuesday to how Colorado’s medical marijuana laws may be altered when the Legislature takes up the issue again next year.

Joint Budget Committee tackles budget

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Joint Budget Committee, with four new members, has begun the process of working on the 2011-12 budget with briefings from its staff on 11 state agencies and a meeting with Gov. Bill Ritter on his proposal for the next fiscal year.

Sen. Udall imposes ban on own earmarks

Calls for Senate to do same

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Saying “the process of earmarking has become like a drug to many members of Congress,” U.S. Sen. Mark Udall announced Tuesday he would put a halt to his own earmark requests and joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers calling for a Senate vote on a “binding earmark moratorium” as soon as this week.

State budget feeling the pinch with end of federal dollars

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter laid out the state’s 2011-12 budget on Election Day Tuesday, saying the $19.1 billion spending plan is “fiscally responsible and moves Colorado forward on the road to recovery.” But the cuts to the 2011-12 budget show that the state is beginning to cut into essential services, the result of both the recession and the end of one-time federal dollars that kept the budget balanced.

Amend. 62 supporters offer own ‘Blue Book’

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

This week, advocates for Amendment 62 and supporters of legalized marijuana are offering their own versions of the Legislative Council-produced voter guide, known as the “Blue Book.”