Capitol Coverage

NEWS
11:34 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Looming Politics: Colorado’s 2015 Legislative Session

The Colorado State Capitol Building in Denver offers historical tours.
Credit Flickr.com/chocolatedisco

With the dust from the election finally settling, all eyes are on the next legislative session.  To figure out what exactly is on the horizon, KVNF's Jake Ryan talked with statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland.

Bente believes the biggest issue facing the legislature will be the topic of oil and gas.  The Governor's task force will be giving suggestions, but the impact they will have is unknown.  With a divided legislature, gun control will come up but she doubts any changes to the existing laws will happen. 
 

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NEWS
2:58 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Colorado Democrats Strike Down Background Check Repeal

Jim Hill KUNC

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 10:56 am

The gun debate that riveted the state capitol in 2013, once again took center stage Monday. Fewer people came to the capitol to testify on a key gun bill than the last round, but emotions were still strong.

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NEWS
9:54 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Later Bar Hours On Tap At The Colorado Capitol

Barkeep and patrons enjoy an evening at a Denver establishment. A new bill at the statehouse is proposing extending closing times past 2 a.m.
Thomas Hawk Flickr - Creative Commons

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 5:13 pm

Could closing time change for your local watering hole? That's a statehouse proposal under consideration, allowing Colorado communities to decide whether to extend bar hours. Some feel a change to the law could do more harm than good.

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NEWS
1:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Aggressive Proposals Aside, Colorado Legislature Still Looks To Address Wildfires

The Black Forest Fire as seen on June 12, 2013 from nearby homes. The wildfire became the most destructive in the state's history, surpassing 2012's Waldo Canyon Fire.
State Farm Flickr - Creative Commons

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 1:35 pm

Helping prevent and fight wildfires is one of the top priorities for Colorado lawmakers in both parties this session, but so far they’re only proposing minor policy changes.

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NEWS
4:08 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Colorado Legislature Opens 2014 With A Call For Collaboration Rather Than Confrontation

Lawmakers get reacquainted before the new legislative session opened at the Colorado capitol Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

As the 2014 legislative session opened Wednesday, newly elected state Senate President Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora) – the second woman to hold the position – urged lawmakers to problem solve and skip the shouting matches in her opening day speech.

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NEWS
8:51 am
Tue December 24, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Headlines:

  • State Democratic Leaders Won't Push Major Policy Changes
  • Grand Junction Airport Investigation Continues as Lawsuit is Filed
  • Colorado Issues First Ever Retail Pot Licenses
  • Colorado State University Researchers Take Part in Oil & Gas Studies
NEWS
5:20 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Colorado's Growth, Employment Positive Heading Into 2014

For Nov. 2013, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 4,200 over the month from October to November to 2,378,900 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 2,900 and government increased 1,300.
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 3:11 pm

There’s good news for Colorado’s economy going into 2014, the latest economic forecast is projecting solid growth. The state’s employment rate also continues to grow faster than the nation’s.

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NEWS
9:14 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Following Arapahoe, Lawmakers Reflect On Gun Laws

A sign of the intense debate, gun advocates wait outside the capitol's largest hearing room because the room is full, March 4, 2013.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Once again, Colorado lawmakers are heading into a legislative session following a school shooting.

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NEWS
8:15 am
Wed December 11, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Headlines

  • BLM Finds Temp Location for Gunnison Office after Fire
  • Experts Examine Cost of Natural Disasters
  • Forget the Golf Course, Developers Use Farming to Sell Suburban Homes
  • Grand Junction Airport Authority Members Looking into Fraud Allegations
NEWS
9:36 am
Tue November 19, 2013

As Hollywood Goes Digital, Colo. Hopes To Save Rural Theaters

The Sands Theater in Brush got a $20,000 grant from the state, and will need to come up with an additional $30,000 to convert digitally.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 12:18 pm

Theater projectors are going where most of the dazzling special effects in summer blockbusters have gone: All digital. In 2014, Hollywood will no longer release movies on traditional film stock. Theaters must convert or be forced to close – including those in rural Colorado.

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NEWS
9:41 am
Wed November 13, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast, Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Headlines

  • State Lawmakers to Review Bills on Water, Wildfire, & Poverty
  • Ruptured Pipe Leaks Contaminated Water at Cañon City Uranium Mill
  • Pitkin County Tracking Changes to Forests
  • Republican Lawmakers Criticize Patagonia's Involvement in Fracking Debate
NEWS
1:18 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Another Colorado Lawmaker Targeted For Recall

Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 2:30 pm

Colorado senate Democrats blasted gun rights groups Wednesday for trying to recall another state lawmaker. Two Democrats were ousted in September over support for stricter gun laws. The latest campaign targets Westminster Democrat Evie Hudak.

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NEWS
10:14 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Supporters of K-12 Funding Overhaul Turn in Signatures

Colorado State Capitol
Credit J. Stephen Conn (CC-NC)

A measure asking Colorado voters if they want to raise income taxes by nearly $1 billion a year to pay for public school upgrades is a step closer to the November ballot. KUNC's Bente Birkeland reports.

Update Monday 12:30 p.m. - Supporters of the measure turned in roughly 160,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office - more than twice the amount required by law.

Democratic senator Mike Johnston of Denver sponsored the underlying legislation. He says gone are the days when the state simply asks voters for a blank check.

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Capitol Coverage
6:56 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Oil and Gas Conflict of Interest Bill Moves Forward

Bills on oil and gas and fracking are expected to dominate the latter part of the state's legislative session. A measure to change the makeup of the agency that regulates the energy industry drew a large crowd at the capitol on Thursday. As Bente Birkeland reports, it cleared its first committee.


NEWS
6:45 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Senate Debates Budget

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.


Capitol Coverage
7:33 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Death Penalty Repeal Fails

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.


Local Newscast
8:27 am
Fri March 15, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Friday, March 15, 2013

Headlines:

  • Drought conditions force water restrictions in Denver
  • March Equinox approaches; Western Skies Report
  • Colorado National Monument no longer selling plastic water bottles
  • Paonia River Park celebrates improvements
  • Death Penalty repeal in Colorado goes to Legislature
  • Crane Days in Eckert begin today
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Capitol Coverage
7:15 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Bill to Repeal Death Penalty Set to Drop Friday

A bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado is expected to be introduced Friday. 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.


Capitol Coverage
8:21 am
Thu March 14, 2013

High Capacity Magazine Ban Heads to Governor

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


Capitol Coverage
9:01 am
Tue March 5, 2013

State Senate Committee Passes Gun Measures

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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