The only requirement for Colorado lawmakers during the annual legislative session is passing a budget. And unlike previous years there won’t be cuts for programs like K through 12 schools, state contractors and public employees. But as Bente Birkeland reports, debate in the senate yesterday was still extensive.
A bill to repeal Colorado’s death penalty died in a committee hearing over concerns that Governor John Hickenlooper would veto the bill. Last week the Governor told Democratic lawmakers he had serious reservations about the measure. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
2012 was a bad year for West Nile Virus in Western Colorado. Mesa, Montrose and Delta Counties accounted for nearly half the confirmed cases in the state. In Delta County, the 22 cases included the death of an 82-year-old man from Orchard City.
A major re-write of how Colorado funds K through 12 schools is now making its way through the state legislature. As part of our capitol conversation series Bente Birkeland talks about how it would change school funding and its prospects for passage.
Colorado is now the 8th state in the country to allow civil unions for same sex couples. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the measure into law on Thursday in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
Governor John Hickenlooper signed a trio of gun control bills on Wednesday, just hours after news broke that Colorado’s top corrections officer had been gunned down in his home. While the moment was overshadowed by the news of Tom Clements death, gun rights groups say they will use the gun legislation as part of a campaign to try and remove Democrats from power. Bente Birkeland reports from the capitol.
On Monday, Delta County Commissioners honored Gordon O’Brien by giving the Veterans Service Office in the County Courthouse his name. O’Brien ran the office in the basement of the Delta County Courthouse for 24 years, before handing the job off to Brian Ayers a decade ago. At a reception for O’Brien, Ayers talked about how O’Brien had inspired him.