Colorado State Legislature

Capitol Coverage
9:19 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Next Majority Leader Previews State Legislative Session

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.

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Local Newscast
9:15 am
Thu December 27, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, December 27, 2012

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Headlines:

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

Capitol Coverage
8:41 am
Wed December 26, 2012

House Minority Leader Discusses Leg Session

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.

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Local Newscast
8:35 am
Wed December 26, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast, Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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Headlines:

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

Capitol Coverage
9:41 am
Tue December 18, 2012

State Legislative Session Preview

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.

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Local Newscast
9:35 am
Tue December 18, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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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)

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Capitol Coverage
11:15 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Historic Number of LGBT Lawmakers Elected

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.


Capitol Coverage
9:35 am
Fri November 30, 2012

New Lawmakers Receive Orientation

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.

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Capitol Coverage
8:52 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Capitol Conversation: A Look Ahead to the 2013 Legislative Session

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.

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Capitol Coverage
9:46 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Take Back Control of State Legislature

Democrats now have control of both chambers of the Colorado state legislature.

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.

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