Colorado State Legislature

Capital Conversation: State Legislative Preview

Jan 1, 2013

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.


KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, December 31, 2012

Dec 31, 2012

Headlines:

  • CBI Wants More Money For Gun Background Checks
  • Avalanche Claims Ski Patroller At Snowmass
  • Rout County Snowmobilers Lost, Found, Not Found
  • State Senate Minority Leader Previews His Legislative Agenda
  • Despite Snow, Drought Outlook Uncertain
  • Norwood To Ring In The New Year With Fireworks Extravaganza

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.


KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dec 27, 2012

Headlines:

  • Next Speaker of the House Previews State Legislative Session
  • State Distilleries Exploding In Number
  • Arkansas River Water Users Holding Their Breath

House Minority Leader Discusses Leg Session

Dec 26, 2012

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.


Headlines:

  • Ski industry seeks international tourists
  • House Minority Leader discusses Legislative issues

State Legislative Session Preview

Dec 18, 2012

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.


KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dec 18, 2012

Headlines:

  • Numerous Protests Filed Against NF Gas Leasing
  • Delta Commissioners Deny Crawford Gravel Pit
  • Judge Rejects Anti-trust Settlement For Gas Companies
  • Deputy Involved In Alleged Kidnapping
  • Legislative Preview From the Capitol
  • Farmers/Ranchers Being Surveyed RE Drought (see details below)

Historic Number of LGBT Lawmakers Elected

Dec 4, 2012

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.


New Lawmakers Receive Orientation

Nov 30, 2012

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 Take Back Control of State Legislature

Nov 7, 2012

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.


Headlines:

  • All three ballot measures approved in Colorado
  • Democrats win majority in both chambers of State House
  • Complete election results from KVNF listening area
  • Secretary of State Scott Gessler in more legal hotwater
  • Planned power outages in Norwood area

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