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Faith Miller

Faith Miller

Reporter Faith Miller covers the Colorado Legislature, immigration and other stories for Colorado Newsline.

Colorado Senate

Colorado lawmakers met for a ‘soft opening.’ Here’s what they did.

By: - January 21, 2021

State lawmakers met for three days in what Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, a Democrat from Boulder, called a “soft opening” to the 2021 legislative session beginning Jan. 13. They quickly passed seven bills with time-sensitive components, before adjourning again until Feb. 16. Below is a review of the first bills passed this year by […]

State Sen. Chris Holbert

Q&A with Chris Holbert, Colorado Senate minority leader

By: - January 21, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert, a Republican from Parker, was first elected to the Colorado House in 2010. He won election to the state Senate in 2014 and again in 2018. Having spent a decade at the Capitol — about half of that time when Republicans were in control — Holbert, 59, knows the ins […]

Polis: 1 out of 5 Coloradans who is 70 and older will receive COVID vaccine this week

By: - January 19, 2021

The state anticipates having enough COVID-19 vaccine doses this week to vaccinate 1 out of every 5 people who is 70 and older, Gov. Jared Polis said at a virtual news conference Jan. 19. “We moved about 40,000 vaccines up to this week, in addition to the 80,000 or so that had been targeted, to […]

Rep. Shane Sandridge

Lawsuit over minority-owned Colorado business relief prompts expanded COVID bill

By: - January 19, 2021

During the legislative special session focused on COVID-19 relief, one of the top priorities for lawmakers was getting cash to the businesses that suffered most acutely from pandemic capacity restrictions and the economic downturn. Through Senate Bill 20B-1, the Colorado General Assembly set aside $37 million for grants to restaurants and bars, many of which […]

Colorado Capitol reporters get early access to COVID-19 vaccine with lawmakers, staff

By: - January 18, 2021

A group of 22 “frontline journalists” who cover the state Capitol in person were offered the COVID-19 vaccine during the first week of the legislative session, along with state lawmakers and legislative staff. The Colorado General Assembly met at the Capitol for three days starting Jan. 13 to address urgent, time-sensitive matters. Legislators adjourned until […]

Colorado bill would allow electronic wills beyond COVID-19 pandemic

By: - January 15, 2021

If a bill that moved quickly through the Legislature is signed into law by the governor, Coloradans will soon be able to create, execute and notarize wills without meeting in person — beyond the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. House Bill 21-1004, the “Colorado Uniform Electronic Wills Act,” would permanently allow and regulate the use […]

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Colorado restaurants on a ‘rollercoaster ride’ of changing COVID restrictions

By: - January 13, 2021

Barolo Grill, a 27-year-old West Denver restaurant offering food and wine from northern Italy, had never served customers seated outdoors — until this June. But the COVID-19 pandemic called for a “leap of faith,” owner Ryan Fletter recalled Jan. 6, taking a break from the day’s work of building outdoor bungalows for a phone interview. […]

Colorado lawmakers to receive COVID-19 vaccine starting this week

By: - January 11, 2021

State lawmakers, a group of 100 people including everyone from millennials to Baby Boomers, could receive the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of some members of another high-priority group: adults 70 and older. Colorado legislators and nonpartisan staff will be able to schedule vaccination appointments with UCHealth, which is currently administering two COVID-19 vaccines — one developed by […]

Vaccines won’t significantly affect COVID-19 hospitalizations for ‘several months’

By: - January 8, 2021

As of Jan. 7, 154,271 Coloradans had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech or the vaccine from Moderna. That equates to around 2.7% of the state’s total population. The vaccines aren’t enough — at least not yet — to make a dent in coronavirus transmission. “Social distancing […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives briefing on COVID-19 at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 8

By: - January 8, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live briefing at 12:15 a.m., Jan. 8, on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. During the briefing, state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy is expected to also provide an update on the latest modeling of the pandemic in Colorado. Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the […]

Coloradans have a lot to say about U.S. Capitol insurrection

By: - January 6, 2021

Jan. 6, 2021, will go down in history as the day that a violent mob forced its way into the U.S. Capitol, disrupting the counting of Electoral College votes. Amid the chaos, lawmakers and staff were evacuated as a group of President Donald Trump’s supporters pushed past barricades and eventually made its way to the […]

Colorado lawmakers describe chaotic situation at U.S. Capitol

By: - January 6, 2021

As supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with police and forced their way into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, members of Colorado’s congressional delegation provided some insight into their situation — and perspectives on the chaos — via social media. What’s still unclear is whether dozens of Republican lawmakers, who include Colorado U.S. Reps. Doug Lamborn […]