Legislative News

Redistricting process goes bipartisan

Legislative leaders hope to forestall partisanship

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado legislative leaders hope to avoid one of the most contentious issues in the 2011 session — redistricting — by putting the process into the hands of a 10-member joint select committee that will solicit input from Colorado citizens on the next congressional district boundaries.

Unconstitutionality of health care bill in other states could affect Colorado

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers hopes that a Florida federal judge this week will decide that the federal health care reform act is unconstitutional, the same conclusion reached earlier this week by a federal judge in Virginia.

Civics Day gives teachers refresher on state issues

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. Michael Johnston, D-Denver, the sponsor of the controversial teacher tenure bill SB 10-191 in the 2010 session, became, ever so briefly, the focus of attention from teachers again last week, as part of Colorado Civics Day at the state capitol. And Johnston’s efforts to explain the bill may have at least assuaged some of their concerns.

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.