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‘Take Back The Second’ Gun Rights Rally Planned For Saturday At Colorado Capitol

Rally for our Rights Take Back the Second Event Flyer DENVER, Col. – -( Saturday, May 18th, 11am to 2pm, Rally for our Rights is hosting a TAKE BACK THE SECOND rally at the Colorado State Capitol. This event has been in the works since the Colorado Legislature passed HB19-1177 “Red Flag” Emergency Risk Protection Orders ERPO. Event speakers will include: Evan Todd – Columbine High School Shooting survivor Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams – leader in opposition to ERPO and Second...
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Colorado Red Flag Bill A Treacherous Mine Field

This is a bit wordy. DENVER–The “Red Flag” bill moving through the Colorado Legislature has been the subject of plenty of debate, but as it stands now, for persons against whom even a temporary Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) has been issued, there is a risk they could be trapped into inadvertently violating federal gun control laws. House Bill 19-1177  requires that at the initial ex parte hearing (where the subject is excluded), and based on a judge finding by a preponderance of the ev...
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Colorado lawmakers send redistricting reforms to ballot

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Legislature is sending voters two ballot measures aimed at preventing partisan gerrymandering. Top lawmakers on Wednesday signed the referred measures in an afternoon ceremony. They previously passed both chambers unanimously. If voters approve in November, the measures would amend the state constitution to prohibit gerrymandering. That’s the practice of drawing […]
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The Latest: Colorado Lawmakers Studying Misconduct Policy

As the Colorado Legislature grapples with sexual misconduct allegations, lawmakers are set to receive recommended changes to the workplace harassment policy Thursday.
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After Scandals, Colorado Lawmakers Study Misconduct Policy

As the Colorado Legislature grapples with sexual misconduct allegations, lawmakers are set to receive recommended changes to the workplace harassment policy Thursday.
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Rural Broadband Internet Bill Passed by Colorado Legislature

A bill accelerating the construction of high-speed broadband internet service in hard-to-reach Colorado areas is on its way to the governor's desk, it's designed to bridge the economic divide between rural and urban parts of the state.
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United States: Colorado: Updates Impacting Employers In 2018 - Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Each year, activity in the Colorado Legislature and courts brings about change to employers in the state. Below is a brief summary of recent changes and items for employers to consider as they look forward to 2018.
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Dogs, drinks and delinquent businesses all impacted by flurry of new laws

Gov. John Hickenlooper wrapped up a frenetic two-week period Friday in which he signed into law more than a dozen business-related bills affecting industries ranging from automobile sales to broadband to online pet-sitting websites. The Democratic governor had until June 9 to sign or veto all of the bills passed by the Colorado Legislature this year or to choose to let them become law without his signature. Everything business-related that crossed his desk is now set for enactment in state sta...
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Viewpoint: Regulatory reform was a casualty of 2017 Colorado Legislature

In the 2017 Colorado legislative session just concluded on May 10, the Senate passed and sent to the House four regulatory reform bill designed to spur the Colorado economy by reducing the compliance costs imposed on Colorado’s small business employers. Sadly, all four bills met the same fate: each was killed in a House committee by Democrats on a party-line vote. Small business in Colorado, however defined, undergirds a huge part of the state’s diverse economy, so you might think that freeing…...
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Hickenlooper decides not to call special legislative session

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Friday that he will not call the Colorado Legislature back into a special session to address transportation funding and the soon-to-be-decimated Colorado Energy Office. The governor said after talking to a variety of legislators and interest groupsover the past nine days that Republicans and Democrats are too far apart to realistically expect a compromise to be formed. The decision means that a business coalition led by the Colorado Contractors Association now ...
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Hickenlooper may call special session of Legislature for roads, energy

Gov. John Hickenlooper is considering calling the Colorado Legislature back into a special session to deal with topics that he felt it didn’t address thoroughly enough, particularly transportation funding and the soon-to-be-shuttered Colorado Energy Office. The Democratic governor said Thursday at a media briefing that he will take the weekend to consider whether to bring legislators back, but that he already has told several members of the House and Senate that they should not plan vacations… ...
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Fight intensifies in Legislature over renewal of Colorado Energy Office

The debate over changing the focus of the Colorado Energy Office to bring it closer in line with the Trump administration's energy agenda has grown into the biggest fight yet of the Colorado Legislature's session. The battle lines were drawn as Democrats in the House of Representatives ripped out most of the proposed changes to the office's energy priorities in a reauthorization bill, and with the measure's Republican Senate sponsor saying he would let the office close if key provisions don't m...
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Legislators battle over fate, mission of Colorado Energy Office

Democrats in the Colorado Legislature are fighting a Republican bill that would both extend the life of the Colorado Energy Office and broaden its renewable-energy focus in ways Democrats don't like. It's a high-risk, high-reward gamble that could renew the office's focus on non-traditional energy sources -- or could lead to the office closing its doors before the end of this summer. Senate Bill 301, sponsored by state Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, would: Eliminate a number of renewable-e...
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Republicans block gas-pipeline mapping bill in wake of Firestone explosion

A late-session bill in the Colorado Legislature to require extensive mapping of gas flow lines in the wake of a fatal home explosion in Firestone that was linked to a leaking gas pipe died late Monday when Republicans filibustered the bill on the House floor. House Bill 1372, sponsored by Democratic state Reps. Mike Foote of Lafayette and Steve Lebsock of Thornton, would have: Required oil and gas operators to identify the locations of lines that carry natural gas from wells to protection poin...
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With deal brokered, hospital-and-road-funding bill moves through Colorado Legislature

A massive bill to increase funding for highways, hospitals and business-tax cuts, the proposal inched toward the governor's desk, advancing through the Senate despite a prominent Republican calling it “one of the worst pieces of legislation that I’ve seen in my 15 years in the Legislature.” Senate Bill 267, sponsored by Republican Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman of Denver, passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee by a 5-2 vote and… ...
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Colorado lawmakers get first bill in response to fatal home explosion linked to gas line

The first move in the Colorado Legislature in reaction to the fatal home explosion in Weld County on April 17 surfaced today, when a bill giving public access to gas pipeline maps was introduced by House Democrats. House Bill 1372— sponsored by state Reps. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette and Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton — was given late-bill status, allowing it to be introduced so close to the end of the session next Wednesday. The proposal focuses on maps of flow lines carrying natural gas from the well...
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Republicans in Colorado Legislature kill plan for background checks on doctors, nurses

A handful of recent high-profile thefts of drugs by health-care workers were not enough to convince Republicans in the Colorado Legislature to support a plan to require fingerprint-based background checks for nurses and doctors coming to work in the state. GOP members of the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Thursday killed House Bill 1121, sponsored by state Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, which would have instituted such a background check system for health-care professio...
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Colorado Legislature: The latest business action at the Capitol

With the close of the Colorado General Assembly's 2017 session just a few days away, it's been another busy week at the Colorado Capitol for matters of importance to business, from oil and gas regulation and family leave to the "Amazon tax" and liquor sales. Here's a look at key statehouse dispatches from our reporters Ed Sealover and Cathy Proctor. > Family-leave program for employers meets its end in Colorado Legislature > Another business personal-property tax cut bites the dust in Color...
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Another business personal-property tax cut bites the dust in Colorado Legislature

Yet another business personal property tax cut died in yet another “kill committee” of the Colorado Legislature on Wednesday, though for once the quest for such a break that is widely sought by business may not be over. Democrats on the state House of Representatives' State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed Senate Bill 9 over Republican objections. SB 9 would have raised from $7,300 to $10,000 the maximum amount of equipment a business can own without having to pay annual propert...
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Family-leave program for employers meets its end in Colorado Legislature

Colorado businesses will not have to participate in a statewide family-leave program for employees, after a committee of the state Legislature on Wednesday rejected a new attempt to get an employee-funded system for all workers up and going. The issue of offering such a system -- one that ensures workers who don’t have family-leave benefits through their jobs can take time off to care for loved ones while getting paid -- has come up during three of the past four years in the Legislature. And… ...
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Liquor-sales expansion bill advances in Colorado Legislature despite 'toxic' debate

The latest effort to grow the number of Colorado stores that can sell a full array of alcohol squeaked out of its first committee at the state Legislature Wednesday, showing along the way exactly how caustic and divisive the debate around the subject has grown. Opponents of House Bill 1370— which would allow retail liquor stores, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and smaller grocery chains to add locations selling full-strength beer, wine and spirits — accused the bill of being written to benefit one mega-s...
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Republican state senator would tie Colorado Energy Office renewal to cuts in clean-energy incentives

With just two weeks left in the Colorado Legislature's 2017 session, a high-ranking Republican senator has introduced a bill that ties the re-authorization of the Colorado Energy Office to a series of changes in policy, including cuts of a number of renewable-energy incentives and a call for the office to promote nuclear and hydroelectric energy. Neither oil-and-gas leaders nor conservation advocates chose to weigh in on the 57-page Senate Bill 301 Thursday after it was introduced the night bef...
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Colorado Legislature: This week's business action at the Capitol

It's been a busy week at the Colorado Capitol for matters of importance to business, from transportation, retirement benefits and construction law to energy, health care and last call at bars. Here's a look at key statehouse dispatches from our reporters Ed Sealover and Cathy Proctor. > Colorado Senate Republicans kill plan to launch state retirement-savings program > Colorado Republicans are resurrecting tax-free highway-bonding proposal > Denver-area hospitals look at cutting services du...
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Transportation-funding bill runs out of gas in Colorado Legislature

The road to Colorado's November ballot for a proposed transportation sales-tax hike ended in the state Senate's Finance Committee late Tuesday, likely leaving the possibility of getting any bump in road and transit funding in the hands of outside groups looking to bring their own solutions to state voters. The three Republicans on the committee voted down House Bill 1242 despite its co-sponsorship by Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City. They offered varying reasons — Sen. Jack Tate… ...
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Colorado Legislature: 3nd-month roundup of action on business issues

The Colorado General Assembly has now ended the third month of its 2017 session. Here’s a look at key Denver Business Journal coverage of action on business issues from reporters Ed Sealover and Cathy Proctor. > Colorado Legislature sends bill regulating driverless vehicles to Hickenlooper > Bill would make it harder to pool mineral rights for drilling in Colorado > Measure to clear up urban-renewal uncertainties advances in Colorado Legislature > Measure could expand Colorado road-project...
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Colorado Legislature sends bill regulating driverless vehicles to Hickenlooper

Colorado legislators have sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper a bill that would put the state at the forefront of regulating self-driving cars. Senate Bill 213, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs and Democratic Sen. Dominick Moreno of Commerce City, acknowledges the existence of autonomous vehicles on state roadways, declares their regulation a matter of statewide concern and requires such cars and trucks to conform to every state and federal law of driving. After a co...
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Measure to clear up urban-renewal uncertainties advances in Colorado Legislature

Urban-renewal projects that have ground to a halt since the Colorado Legislature passed a hastily written and confusingly worded urban-renewal reform bill in 2015 may get started again under a measure that would reform the reform plan. The 2015 bill was the result of years of fighting between cities and other local governments over the creation of urban-renewal districts in which cities pledge revenues from the future growth of property-tax collections in a typically downtrodden area to develop...
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Measure could expand Colorado road-project bidding to smaller contractors

If the Colorado Legislature passes a transportation tax-hike measure and get statewide voters to back it in November, a separate bill that is getting bipartisan support could allow more small businesses to be able to bid on that work. Senate Bill 211 addresses the Colorado Department of Transportation's practice of having to pre-certify potential contractors to handle contracts of a certain size based on their expertise, equipment, personnel and financial statements. That practice, said sponso...
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Measures on both sides of the oil and gas debate die in Colorado Legislature

Over the course of one fateful afternoon at the Colorado Capitol, both the oil and gas industry and opponents of the growth of that industry saw their top-priority bills so far in the legislative session die in separate committees on Wednesday. On a party-line vote, the Republican-led state Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee nixed House Bill 1256, which would have pushed drilling rigs back to 1,000 feet or more from school-property lines, extending their current setbacks...
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Bill in Colorado Legislature to allow taproom expansions runs into criticism

As breweries continue to view expansion of taprooms as one of their keys to growth, a bipartisan group of legislators wants to help the local craft beer industry by making it easier and cheaper for breweries to open as many as three such tasting rooms in the state. Senate Bill 253 is drawing some harsh criticism, however, from owners of bars and restaurants, who say it gives the booming craft beer industry, as well as the wine and spirits sectors, unfair advantages when it comes to their licens...
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