In a busy 2017 session, lawmakers also passed measures to address the statewide teacher shortage.
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Democratic House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham touted passage of two other bills that had divided their parties for years.
Over the past four months, state lawmakers introduced and debated nearly 700 bills. Among them were some big bipartisan wins — and losses.
The deadly Firestone explosion was a “freak accident,” John Hickenlooper says. He believes that calls for spot checks, and better local-state cooperation are appropriate government responses.
The sweeping measure touches nearly every aspect of state government spending — including health care, transportation, and taxes.
Connor Randall and Andrew Carpenter do a lot more than just read hundreds of bills aloud. But that’s definitely the most entertaining part of their duties.
Lieutenant Gov. Donna Lynne has visited every Colorado county since she took office a year ago. As the former chief executive officer at Kaiser Permanente, she's also become an influential adviser to Gov. John Hickenlooper on health care issues.
Former Governor Dick Lamm, who sponsored the legislation, says the emotional debate over the abortion issue has remained the same since 1967, but the differences then were less political and more religious than they are now.
Professor John Straayer headed CSU's legislative internship program for 37 years. His students included Cory Gardner, who's now a U.S. senator from Colorado.
Republicans on the Senate Finance committee voted 3-2 to kill the bipartisan tax bill aimed at securing infrastructure funding.
Colorado was the first state to significantly loosen 1960s restrictions on legal abortions, six years before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide.
The congressman, who represents northern and eastern Colorado, is also concerned the president's proposed budget will grow defense at the expense of the national debt.
Since he was a freshman lawmaker in 2013, Everett has been the lone no vote on bills dozens of times in the 65-member Colorado House.
The rural sustainability bill still has a long way to go in a legislature where byzantine fights over finances have bedeviled compromise for years.
The Colorado governor says that was the reaction when he expressed concern about proposed cuts to EPA grants. Congress would have to pass a new budget.