A bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado got its first committee hearing at the capitol yesterday. The issue is especially personal for some lawmakers and is sure to be contentious as it moves through the statehouse. After a long debate the committee delayed a vote on the measure, and as Bente Birkeland [...]

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A measure to require more inspectors for oil and gas wells across the state is scheduled for a public hearing at the capitol tomorrow. It was the first drilling related bill introduced this session, and the sponsor hopes it will begin to address public concerns about hydraulic fracturing. Bente Birkeland has more from the [...]

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State lawmakers are a little more than halfway through the legislative session, and there’s been no shortage of drama and divisive issues. Bente Birkeland takes stock of what’s happened so far and what’s ahead as part of our capitol conversation series.

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One of the most controversial Democratic gun bills at the statehouse is heading to the Governor for his signature. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado is expected to be introduced tomorrow. It’s one of a host of issues likely to dominate the second part of the legislative session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Civil unions will soon be a reality for gay and lesbian couples in Colorado. The state legislature passed a bill Tuesday allowing civil unions and its now off to the Governor for his signature. As Bente Birkeland reports, it marks the end of a long and often bitter legislative journey.

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Colorado is the latest state to pass a measure to allow civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. The state legislature approved the bill today. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bill to allow civil unions in Colorado could be headed to the Governor’s desk by the end of the week…Colorado Springs police and firefighters would get a raise, but the whole workforce would have to shoulder more healthcare costs. Those are among the proposals Mayor Steve Bach’s administration presented to City Council…The nearly 500-mile Colorado Trail is adding a new section expected to be ready for hiking this summer.

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Universal background checks for all gun purchases, and a ban on high capacity magazines are among the five Democratic backed gun bills clearing the state senate after a vigorous debate yesterday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Universal background checks for all gun purchases, and a ban on high capacity magazines are among the five Democratic backed gun bills clearing the state senate after a vigorous debate yesterday…Amidst possible gun legislation at the statehouse and in Washington, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa and County Commissioner Peggy Littleton have scheduled a public town hall-style meeting Thursday…A teacher from Center High School in rural Southern Colorado has been awarded a prestigious national teaching award for science and technology.

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A bill to allow civil unions in Colorado could be headed to the Governor’s desk by the end of the week. The full house held a lengthy debate on the measure and is scheduled to take a final vote tomorrow. As Bente Birkeland reports, the debate once again fell along party lines, but this [...]

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The Colorado Supreme Court heard arguments on an historic education funding case Thursday. Parents and several school districts have sued the state for failing to offer a uniform and thorough education system and not putting enough money into schools. A lower court agreed with the plaintiffs and now a final decision rests with the [...]

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A prolonged lawsuit over how the state funds education went before the Colorado Supreme Court yesterday. Parents and several school districts sued the state for failing to offer a uniform and thorough education system and inadequately funding public schools. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The full state senate is set to debate seven Democratic backed gun bills today. All the measures are controversial but some of the most contentious proposals have opposition even from Democrats. As Bente Birkeland reports, passage could come down to a single vote.

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The Colorado Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this morning in a prolonged lawsuit aimed at trying to fix how the state funds education. The state is appealing a trial court decision that said funding for K through 12 schools is inadequate and unconstitutional. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A measure to give undocumented Colorado high school graduates in-state college tuition is nearing the end of its long and often tumultuous legislative journey. The full House initially approved the bill yesterday. It’s already cleared the Senate and still needs a final House vote. As Bente Birkeland reports, despite bi-partisan support, the debate was [...]

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The gun debate was front and center at the state capitol yesterday as proposals already approved in the House made their way to Senate committees. It was a marathon day of testimony that also included debate on three new Democratic backed bills. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Lawmakers are nearing the midpoint of the state’s legislative session. So far, a discussion on gun violence has dominated much of the debate under the gold dome. As part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland has this look at other big issues facing lawmakers.

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Civil unions supporters in Colorado are entering the home stretch as they move legislation through the state house. As Bente Birkeland reports, a bill to allow civil unions cleared the House Judiciary Committee yesterday with bi-partisan support. It’s expected to pass the full House by mid-March.

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Colorado is one step closer to removing the crime of adultery from the books. The House passed a measure to decriminalize the act of adultery yesterday. The bill largely passed along party lines and now heads to the Senate. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A controversial bill that could hold sellers and manufacturers of assault weapons liable in shootings will be introduced in the state senate today. It’s part of a package of Democratic gun proposals, but supporters acknowledge the measure faces an uphill battle. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A measure to set a legal limit for driving while high gets its first hearing at the capitol today. Similar bills failed in the past, but lawmakers say the issue is even more urgent now that voters have legalized recreational marijuana. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Colorado’s gun control debate is making national news because of remarks from one Democratic lawmaker about rape. The comments came during a debate on banning concealed carry weapons on college campuses. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland takes a look at the political ramifications and what’s driving the story.

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