Bente Birkeland

Capitol Coverage Reporter

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for Rocky Mountain Community Radio stations, including KVNF, since 2006. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May, covering important bills, discussions, and the positions of our state legislators. Key stories for KVNF listeners she has covered this year include the state budget, proposed oil and gas legislation, and the passage of the Cottage Foods Act.

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Capitol Coverage
8:38 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Dems introduce in-state tuition bill for immigrants

Colorado Democrats are once again trying to pass a bill to give illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools in state college tuition. Students currently pay out of state rates. Similar measures have failed in the past, but supporters expect the bill to easily clear the legislature now that Democrats control both chambers. Bente Berkland has more from the state capitol.

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Capitol Coverage
8:33 am
Wed January 16, 2013

First Gun Control Bills Introduced

State lawmakers have already introduced more than 100 bills on a wide variety of topics since the legislature began last Wednesday. From the state capitol, Bente  Birkeland has more on the first of many gun measures.

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Capitol Coverage
8:28 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Statehouse Reporters Discuss Hickenlooper's State Address

Nearly a third of this year’s state lawmakers are newly elected, and they’ll be expected to debate a host of complex issues from Medicaid to marijuana, gun laws to the death penalty. As part of our capitol conversation series statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland takes a look at the first week of the session, and gets reporter’s thoughts on the Governor’s state of the state address.

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Capitol Coverage
8:54 am
Thu January 10, 2013

State Legislators More Diverse Than Ever

Freshman lawmaker Joseph Salazar-D, Thornton.
Credit Bente Birkeland

Wednesday's opening ceremonies of the Colorado legislature were marked by the typical pomp and circumstance as in years past. But even before it started, the 2013 session made history as one of the most diverse groups of lawmakers ever to gather under the golden dome. Bente  Birkeland has more.

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Capitol Coverage
8:43 am
Wed January 9, 2013

State Oil and Gas Agency Considers Setbacks

Members of the Colorado Oil and Gas commission wrap up a three day hearing in Denver today – at stake are new rules to oversee a new boom in oil and gas drilling. At the heart of those rules changing how far a drill rig can be from homes and schools. Bente Birkeland has more.

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Capitol Coverage
10:33 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Economic Development Bill Preview

Flanked by Democratic leaders at the statehouse – Governor John Hickenlooper outlined his top job creation priorities for the upcoming legislation session and previewed the first house bill that will be introduced on Wednesday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Capitol Coverage
8:41 am
Wed December 26, 2012

House Minority Leader Discusses Leg Session

Republicans in Colorado are coming off a difficult election after losing control of the Colorado state house. Bente Birkeland talked to the next house minority leader Republican Mark Waller to see how he’ll motivate his caucus during the session and work with Democrats.

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Capitol Coverage
8:25 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Relatives of Aurora shooting victims urge gun control

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A handful of victims from this summer’s Aurora theater shooting were at the state capitol on Friday urging lawmakers to curb gun violence. Victims say the country needs to take action now. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. 

Capitol Coverage
8:58 am
Fri December 14, 2012

CO Secretary of State Faces Another Inquiry

The state audit committee is the latest group to look into whether Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler misused public funds. The bi-partisan committee voted unanimously on Thursday to move forward with an initial investigation. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Capitol Coverage
8:30 am
Wed December 12, 2012

State Commission Considers Oil and Gas Setbacks

Drilling rig in Western Colorado.

Energy regulators in Colorado are examining whether to increase the distance between oil and gas drilling sites and buildings such as schools and homes. They’re also considering a water-testing requirement that would need to be done before and after drilling takes place.

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