Colorado Legislature

NEWS
10:10 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Hickenlooper Stands By Embattled Human Services Director

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Department of Human Services Executive Director Reggie Bicha with an award the state won from the National Center for Adoption. Bicha has been under fire from state lawmakers who say they want major changes in the dept.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 11:32 am

Earlier in May a majority of state lawmakers signed a letter to the governor expressing concerns over what they said are disturbing issues within the Colorado Department of Human Services. The letter states that the state is over prescribing psychotropic drugs to youth in corrections and foster care, and that the department fails to adequately supervise the county run foster care system.

In their first public appearance since lawmakers called for overhaul – or possibly firing the executive director – Gov. John Hickenlooper stood by Reggie Bicha.

"They are among the best in the United States, [that] doesn't mean they're perfect," said Hickenlooper. "Running a Department of Human Services is the hardest job in state government, because there's zero tolerance, it's like public safety. We all expect absolute perfection."

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NEWS
11:18 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Colorado Lawmakers Looking For A Pay Bump With New Bill

Colorado General Assembly

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:33 am

A bill to raise the salaries of Colorado's elected officials was introduced in the Senate Thursday.  The proposal had been discussed for months, but people working on the measure said state lawmakers in both parties wanted to make sure there were enough votes for it to clear the legislature before allowing an introduction. This late in the session, a legislative leader must approve a bill before it can be introduced.

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NEWS
8:10 am
Fri November 7, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

  Newscast

  • Telluride sees changing schools
  • Grow facilities become hot commodities
  • Colorado legislature in uncertain balance
NEWS
8:23 am
Thu January 23, 2014

KVNF Regional News: Thursday, January 23, 2014

  Headlines

  • No Recreational Pot Sales in Mountain Village for Now
  • Heated Oil and Gas Issues Not Likely this Legislative Session
  • Basalt-area Sheep Help Bolster Sheep Populations Elsewhere in Colorado
  • Crews Continue Working to Stabilize Boulders after Rockslide

NEWS
8:36 am
Thu December 26, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, December 26, 2013

Headlines:

  • BLM to Review White River Forest Oil and Gas Leases
  • Legislative Preview on Next Year's Likely Policy Debates
  • Avalanche Danger for Mountains Moderate to Considerable
  • Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas Agree on New Water Pipeline Deal
NEWS
8:22 am
Wed December 25, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Headlines:

  • State Lawmakers Face Tough Political Climate Next Session
  • Authorities Still Waiting on Answers from Well Leak
  • Aspen-area Eco-Flights Highlight Regional Environmental Issues
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
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
9:10 am
Thu October 3, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, October 3, 2013

Headlines 

  • State Lawmakers Won't Hold Special Session on Flood Recovery
  • Montrose and Hotchkiss Healthcare Exchange Offices Busy for Opening Days
  • Over 600 BLM Employees Furloughed after Government Shutdown
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Petition Signatures for School Funding Tax Proposal
  • "Neighbors, Strangers and Friends" Exhibit  on Display at Creamary Arts Center through 10/4/13
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NEWS
9:49 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Commercial Marijuana Opponents Pack Hall at Paonia Town Council Meeting

Residents opposed to commercial marijuana fill Town Hall for Tuesday night's council meeting
Travis Bubenik/KVNF

Tuesday night’s Paonia Town Council meeting drew a much larger crowd than usual, with a full house of residents gathered to voice their opinions on how the town should deal with Amendment 64, the Colorado measure that legalizes commercial marijuana activity. 

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NEWS
9:52 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Ahead Of Vote, Colorado Marijuana Taxes A Source Of Debate

Cannabis plants
Credit UKhomeoffice via Flickr (CC)

This fall voters across Colorado will decide how recreational marijuana should be taxed.

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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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NEWS
9:18 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Education Funding Initiative Seeks A Spot On The Ballot

Early childhood education students at William Roberts Elementary School in Denver learning about native and historic wildlife species
Credit USFWS Mountain Prairie (CC)

A roughly billion-dollar tax increase is likely to go before voters this fall. It’s part of a larger package of education reform that state lawmakers passed last session.

Senator Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) is helping to spearhead the latest initiative. He also took the lead two years ago on an unsuccessful education tax increase to raise several billion dollars for K through 12 schools and higher education.

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Local Newscast
9:04 am
Wed May 29, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

Guests enjoy themselves at the Kids Pasta Project dinner Monday.
Credit Brian Cambria

Headlines:

  • Colorado Now Has Elder Abuse Law
  • New Marijuana Measures Signed Into Law
  • Delta County Commissioners Approve Hen-Laying Facility, Again
  • KPP dinners benefit local needs
Local Newscast
8:30 am
Thu May 9, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, May 09, 2013.

Headlines:

  • Legislative roundup
  • Greeley Town Council okays 16 gas wells despite opposition from citizens
  • Colorado third-graders score poorly on reading tests
  • Bears wake up, wander into Telluride
  • DMEA candidate frum Wed May 15
Local Newscast
8:46 am
Mon May 6, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, May 06, 2013

Headlines:

Rock slide closes McClure Pass at Paonia Reservoir

News from the Legislature as the session winds down:

  • Elections bill passes, heads to Governor Hickenlooper
  • Medicaid Expansion passes both Houses  
  • Gray water bill passes

Other News:

  • Local farmer Jere Lowe on how marijuana should be regulated
  • ISeeChange: Carrots, tulips, cherries, kestrals, the First Red Flag Warning and other signs of spring
Local Newscast
8:37 am
Tue April 30, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Headlines:

  • Governor signs ASSET bill into law
  • Battlement Mesa meeting addresses Parachute Creek Leak
  • New EPA figures say emissions control has reduced the impact of natural gas industry on climate change
  • Dominguez-Escalante conservation area council needs members
  • Jim Elder announces for DMEA District 4
  • Telluride residents say no to uranium mines at BLM meeting
Local Newscast
9:05 am
Wed April 10, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Headlines:

  • Grand Mesa Fire Destroys Lodge
  • Black Canyon Hiker Falls To His Death
  • Bills Would Revamp State Oil and Gas Commission
  • Legislators Want to Mandate Renewables Increase for Rural Electric
  • BLM Favors Energy Development Companies in Thompson Divide
  • Parachute Leak Went Farther, Started Earlier Than Previously Reported
  • Tea Party, Part II. Utah Legislator Brings Freedom Rally To Colorado
Local Newscast
8:23 am
Fri January 25, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Friday, January 25, 2013

Headlines:

  • Civil Unions bill expected to easily pass in Legislature
  • District 51 sets up advisory board regarding school safety
  • San Miguel Commissioners approve controversial gun control letter
  • Flu season starts early, strong in Delta County

Capitol Coverage
7:50 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Civil Unions bill passes first legislative test

A measure to give Colorado gay couples many of the same legal rights as married heterosexual couples cleared its first committee at the state capitol on Wednesday. After being at the center of a political storm last year, the bill passed easily on a party line vote. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Local Newscast
8:29 am
Mon January 21, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Monday, January 21, 2013

Headlines:

  • Southern Colorado groups represent at Inaugural Parade
  • Vision Schools in Delta County seek charter status
  • iSeeChange update, Almanac launch party is tonight
  • Reporters preview upcoming Legislature actions
  • Unemployment level in Colorado sees small drop, US rate stays same

Capitol Coverage
9:29 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Colorado State Legislature Goes Paperless

The Colorado legislature prints millions of pieces of paper each year, costing the state a hefty sum. But that could soon be a thing of the past. This year in an effort to cut down on costs, each of the 100 lawmakers received new i-Pads. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


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.


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.


Local Newscast
8:29 am
Wed January 16, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Headlines:

  • Legislature takes up issue of gun control
  • State debates accepting federal health insurance money, job creation
  • BLM Grand Junction office welcomes comment on RMP
  • 670 hospitalized cases of the flu so far in Colorado; vaccination urged
  • Rusty water in Paonia not dangerous
  • Elk Creek Mine hopes to stabilize and re-open within a week

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.


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.


Local Newscast
8:45 am
Thu January 10, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Thursday, January 10, 2013

Headlines:

  • Diverse group of lawmakers open new legislative session
  • Oil and Gas Commission to study effects of fraking emissions
  • USDA declares drought disaster areas in 14 states
  • iSeeChange examines role of microorganisms in water conservation