capitol conversation

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016

Mar 29, 2016

  • Lumber truck rolls over in Hinsdale County
  • Sheriffs’ lawsuit dismissed, but plans in the works to restart effort
  • New rule would protect workers against silica dust
  • Capitol Conversation about the looming budget
  • Construction closes parts of road this week near Montrose  

Several police reform measures are making their way through the statehouse, and lawmakers are also looking at how best to address the problem of teenagers sexting. We asked two reporters working under the gold dome to review the week that was.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2016

Mar 22, 2016

  • Montrose school district to cut 37 staff positions
  • Man dies while skiing in Telluride
  • State representative apologizes for DUI arrest
  • Colorado dodges lawsuit from neighboring states over Amendment 64
  • A Capitol Conversation about police reform and sexting  

Colorado's four month legislative session is halfway over. As is normally the case, the only things lawmakers are required to do is pass a budget. Now that we're at the midpoint, attention can turn to the state's impending budget crunch and another hot topic: reclassifying the hospital provider fee under TABOR.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2016

Mar 15, 2016

  • State unemployment drops even farther
  • Brush fires become hazard in warm, dry weather
  • Paonia looking forward to end of state­mandated water project
  • Capitol Conversation looking at this year so far  

The Colorado Democratic and Republican parties recently wrapped up their caucuses on Super Tuesday. The 2016 Democratic caucus was notable for the unexpected large turnout – while the GOP canceled their presidential preference poll. Either way, there were gripes. Two lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill to change the state's caucus system and instead add a presidential primary.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, March 8, 2015

Mar 8, 2016

  • Fatal car accident in Grand Junction
  • Colorado declared free from Vesicular Stomatitis
  • New state IDs features Western Slope mountain
  • Capitol Conversation looking at potential changes to party caucus system  

Another attempt in Colorado to allow terminally ill patients to take medication to end their own lives recently failed for the second straight year in the Democratic controlled House.

With strong words for opponents and members of their own party, the sponsors of the End-of-Life Options Bill, known as House Bill 16-1054 [.pdf], pulled it before debate could begin on the floor. The reason behind the withdrawal was a lack of votes and proposed amendments for the bill.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

Feb 23, 2016

  • Historic dairy in Montrose to close
  • Bill to aid struggling rural Colorado counties progresses at state capital 
  • 2015 Colorado coal production lowest in years
  • Capital Conversation with Bente Birkeland on TABOR

Colorado lawmakers are divided over whether a hospital provider fee should be reclassified in the state budget so it doesn't count toward the state's revenue limit under the Tax Payer's Bill of Rights.

State legislators discussed a number of law enforcement and criminal justice bills this past week along with some other controversial measures.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2015

Feb 16, 2016

  • Avalanche catches skiers on Red Mountain Pass
  • State program gives tax breaks to Mesa County businesses
  • Rock fall causes SMPA power outage
  • Capitol Conversation, looking at last week’s development  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Feb 9, 2016

  • Mesa Sheriff’s Deputy shot, suspect under arrest
  • Former Western Slope doctor sentenced to prison for pain pill prescriptions
  • Report calls for big housing growth in Grand Valley
  • New website shows effects of drought on Colorado River Basin
  • A Capitol Conversation, focusing on the terminally ill  

State lawmakers are debating whether terminally ill patients with less than six months to live should be allowed to take medication to end their own lives. It's just one of several controversial bills being debated under the gold dome.

Roughly three weeks into Colorado's annual legislative session, a lot of bills are starting to get their first hearings. We've heard the priorities of the leaders and the governor, as well as some of the more interesting bills.

But 2016 is an election year, and a presidential one no less. How will politics impact the bills being heard in committees?

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Feb 1, 2016

  • DMEA plans on offering program to cut electric bills for low income households
  • CDOT to display tally of highway deaths
  • Three arrested over pot deliver business
  • Man dies from heart disease on Grand Mesa
  • Bills face uncertain future in political climate in Denver  

Lawmakers have introduced the first wave of bills as part of the annual legislative session. To learn what's in store, we asked reporters who work daily under the dome at the capitol.

The annual legislative session is under way and lawmakers are once again back at the state capitol. Gov. Hicknelooper laid out his priorities – like more bipartisanship and tackling the budget by addressing the hospital provider fee – in his State of the State. But how do those priorities translate for the legislators working under the gold dome for 2016?

The state's annual legislative session adjourns May 6, 2015. The last few days are always hectic as state lawmakers try to push through final bills. Other bills under the gold dome fail on the calendar or just die in committee. So which measures will make it?

As the state Legislature enters the home stretch, lawmakers recently debated a measure to study whether to transfer federal lands to the state. Another bill aimed at relieving congestion on Interstate 70 heading through the mountains also became contentious. There's not much time left for these debates, the annual session ends May 6.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, April 27, 2015

Apr 27, 2015

  Newscast

  • Wildfire bill progresses in legislature
  • DeBeque town marshall arrested on embezzlement charges
  • State cracks down on a Western Slope business seeking investors
  • Study calculates the amount of money National Parks bring to the state
  • Capitol Conversation looks at federal lands and I­-70

The state budget has cleared both legislative chambers but still needs to head to a conference committee to iron out differences. The end of the budget process means lawmakers will shift their attention to other bills before the end of the session. With that May 6 deadline rapidly approaching, what's in store for some of the outstanding legislation?

The annual Colorado budget is making its way through the statehouse. It cleared the Senate on a vote of 21 to 14, passing largely along party lines, with three Democrats joining Republicans to support it. What are the dynamics in play?

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mar 25, 2015

  Newscast

  • DOLA money for Western Slope set to end soon
  • Program trains veterans in solar energy instillation
  • VA relaxes rule on ‘40 mile radius’
  • Capitol Conversation about the latest economic forecast

Colorado's latest revenue forecast was good news for lawmakers, showing a healthy economy and more money for the state budget. There was also one notable hedge, the uncertainty around low oil prices and the oil industry's effect on the state economy.

So just what are the implications of more state revenue? We turn to the reporters that work the halls of the capitol to find out.

We're just past the halfway mark for the annual 120-day legislative session. As lawmakers (and the reporters that cover them) enter the home stretch, what's the scuttlebutt under the gold dome? Which bills are being delayed? How is the Governor handling split legislative control?

For insights we picked the brains of reporters who work the halls on daily basis at the capitol.

State lawmakers are midway through the annual legislative session – but there's still a lot to be done.

House Democrats would like law enforcement to increase the use of body cameras, set up a special prosecutor to review decisions when a law enforcement official isn't charged when there are allegations of deadly force, ban choke holds, and collect demographic data on arrests. What are the chances for passage?

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mar 10, 2015

  Newscast

  • Thanks to a grant, Ridgway will see lower property taxes
  • Cottage Foods Act might see expansion under proposed legislation
  • Montrose Library gets grant to boost financial literacy
  • A capitol conversation about the half way point through this years legislative session

Governor John Hickenlooper's oil and gas task force recently proposed nine recommendations to try and easy concerns for people living near energy development, but it did not vote to give local communities more control over oil and gas drilling.

The big question on everyone's mind now: What's next for the state Legislature and for a possible anti-fracking initiative going before voters in 2016?

It's a busy week under the gold dome. The Governor's oil and gas task force, which was charged with trying to harmonize local oil and gas regulations with statewide interests will soon be wrapping up. Many lawmakers have been holding off on introducing oil and gas legislation until the commission finishes its work.

A debate on drones - one that does not fall along party lines - will get a hearing in the Senate Tuesday. For thoughts on what's happening at the capitol, talked to some of the reporters who work there daily.

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