The State Senate held a lengthy debate April 1 on a complicated plan to change how Colorado funds its K through 12 schools. The Democratic proposal initially passed the senate on a party line vote. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
A bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado got its first committee hearing at the capitol on Tuesday. The issue is especially personal for some lawmakers and is sure to be contentious as it moves through the statehouse. After a long debate the committee delayed a vote on the measure, and as Bente Birkeland reports, the hearing was filled with heart wrenching stories.
State lawmakers are a little more than halfway through the legislative session, and there’s been no shortage of drama and divisive issues. Bente Birkeland takes stock of what’s happened so far and what’s ahead as part of our capitol conversation series.
Lawmakers are nearing the midpoint of the state’s legislative session. So far a discussion on gun violence has dominated much of the debate under the gold dome. But, as part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland takes a look at some of the other big issues lawmakers will tackle.
Listen to Bente's discussion about the legislative session.
State senators took the unusual move of voting to take away a portion of state money from the Colorado Energy office for the rest of the fiscal year. As Bente Birkeland reports, the move follows a scathing audit, which showed the energy office mismanaged millions of dollars.
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.
State lawmakers return to the capitol’s gold dome on January 9th. As part of our capitol conversation series statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland talked to fellow reporters about some of the key issues to watch out for, and the new political dynamic.
Colorado’s Senate minority leader Bill Cadman will be the only legislative leader returning to the same post when the session convenes on January 9th. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland talked to him about how he sees the session playing out and what’s on his agenda.
Democratic state lawmaker Mark Ferrandino will make history next legislative session by becoming Colorado’s first gay speaker of the house. Bente Birkeland sat down with him to discuss his priorities for the session, and his new role.
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.
Gun laws, marijuana reform, and oil and gas regulations. These will be just a few of the hot button issues that state lawmakers grapple with during the next legislative session. Governor John Hickenlooper and legislative leaders outlined their thoughts in a panel at the Colorado Press Association. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
During the November 6th election, Americans elected more gay and lesbian lawmakers than ever before. And in states like Wisconsin, Oregon and Colorado, gay and lesbian officials will hold some of the highest positions of power. Bente Birkeland takes a closer look at what’s driving the change.
Newly-elected state lawmakers are spending the week at the capitol learning the basics of working under the gold dome. Freshman lawmakers are studying everything from the art of negotiating to the location of emergency exits. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
Democrats will control both state legislative chambers when the state’s legislative session convenes in January. Lawmakers will be dealing with several controversial issues, including crafting regulations for recreational marijuana. Bente Birkeland talks to fellow statehouse reporters about what to expect and how the dynamics are likely to change.
Democrats now have control of both chambers of the Colorado state legislature, putting the GOP in the backseat when it comes to next legislative session. Republican had hoped to expand their one-seat advantage in the house of representatives. Bente Birkeland has more from Denver.