Legislative News

Revenue forecasts spell more budget cuts

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Governor Bill Ritter is back to the drawing board this week to find more ways to cut the 2010-11 budget after new revenue forecasts show this year’s books are once again out of balance.

Secretary of State’s office looking to cure the ‘cure’ in next legislative session

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher plans to ask the Colorado General Assembly next year to eliminate the statute governing “cures” for citizen-initiated petitions.

‘Big 3’ ballot issues garner big opposition

By Ellen Miller
WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION – Colorado has plenty of money, and, unless the state’s voters further restrain it, state government will continue to divert funds into programs it shouldn’t be funding, a backer of the so-called Big 3 ballot issues told Club 20 last weekend.

'Cure' to be cured

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher plans to ask the Colorado General Assembly to eliminate the statute governing “cures” for citizen-initiated petitions in the 2011 session.

Consumers win big on payday lending battle

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Consumers and consumer advocates for payday reform won a major battle Tuesday when the Attorney General’s office adopted rules that allow a refund of all fees on payday loans when there is early repayment of the loan.

Legislative Council approves Blue Book language

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The language that will inform voters of the nine ballot measures on the November ballot was approved Wednesday by the Legislative Council, with only a few changes.

Yes/no sides battle over Amendment 62

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Amendment 62, which would outlaw all abortions and some forms of contraception in Colorado if passed, is sneaky and far reaching, according to opponents of the ballot initiative who rallied Tuesday afternoon in front of the state capitol.

A RESOLUTION of the Colorado Republican State Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Colorado Republican Party unanimously adopted the following resolution in substance on Friday, August 13, 2010, with specific language approved on Friday, August 20, 2010, concerning the 2010 Primary Election:

Payday lending rules cause heat for Attorney General

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Next Tuesday, Aug. 31, new proposed rules governing payday lenders in Colorado will be reviewed by the Attorney General’s division of Uniform Consumer Credit Code (UCCC). The current proposed rules, released July 30, have already garnered pages of written comments, both from those who supported House Bill 10-1351, the bill that changed payday lending law; from the chief legal counsel for Gov. Bill Ritter; and from payday lending companies and the Colorado trade association that represents them.

GOP legislators, candidates head to border

State immigration policy under review

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Seven current Colorado GOP lawmakers and four GOP candidates for the state house and senate headed south Wednesday seeking advice on how to best design tough illegal-immigration policy, making Colorado one of 22 states attempting to replicate Arizona’s controversial law — parts of which have been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.