Supporters say the bill would prevent mountain streams from running dry, especially during drought years, but opponents argue the new measure would upend 160 years of state water law.
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The proposal sets up a process to spend the more than $24 million raised on taxes from retail marijuana this year.
House lawmakers sign off on a plan to initiate a $3.25 million grant program for equipment and safety training for firefighters.
A look back through the decades at energy development and how state and local oversight has evolved through a long series of court cases and rule changes.
The measure comes in the wake of last year's murder of Tom Clements, the head of the Department of Corrections.
The measure increases the maximum penalty for a violation from $1,000 a day to up to $15,000 a day.
In Colorado Matters' regular discussion with the governor, he addresses proposed ballot initiatives on oil and gas drilling, and much more.
Colorado lawmakers won't go forward with a study focused on the health effects of oil and gas drilling in six Front Range counties.