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Faith Miller

Faith Miller

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

Agricultural workers’ rights bill passes major test with Senate vote despite industry opposition

By: - May 21, 2021

For farmworker advocates, a dairy employee’s death in Weld County looms large in the ongoing debate over controversial legislation that aims to extend labor protections to Colorado agriculture. Juan Panzo Temoxtle had been working at Shelton Dairy in LaSalle for less than six weeks when on March 30 he spent his first day behind the […]

Medical marijuana patients would face new restrictions under bill aimed at curbing teen use of high-potency products

By: - May 20, 2021

A bitter debate over proposed new medical marijuana restrictions brought hours of passionate testimony from Colorado parents on both sides of a state bill, keeping lawmakers at the Capitol long after 10 p.m. Tuesday. The legislation in question, House Bill 21-1317, grew out of bipartisan concerns about children’s use of high-potency marijuana products, also known […]

Boulder shooting

Cities, counties could craft stricter gun policies under Colorado bill up for Senate vote

By: - May 18, 2021

The March 22 mass shooting in Boulder, followed by another massacre weeks later in Colorado Springs, brought new urgency to Colorado Democrats’ gun policy plans. Senate Bill 21-256 — sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg of Boulder and Sen. Dominick Moreno of Commerce City, along with Reps. Edie Hooton of Boulder and Lindsey Daugherty […]

Ketamine bill restricting use by first responders advances in Colorado Legislature

By: - May 17, 2021

During last summer’s widespread demonstrations for racial justice, one name that protesters chanted among those of Black people killed by police became a rallying cry at the state Legislature for a specific policy change. Elijah McClain, 23, died in August 2019 after Aurora Police Department officers — responding to a 911 call about someone looking […]

Brianna Titone and Dafna Michaelson Jenet

Mental health exam mandates back on the table after 2020 bill died under veto threat

By: - May 14, 2021

Last year, soon after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Jared Polis warned legislators he’d veto future bills requiring health insurance companies to cover additional services. New mandates could result in higher premiums, he warned. Under threat of the governor’s veto, a 2020 bill that would have required insurance to pay for a yearly […]

‘Colorado Option’ bill passes House after long debate, heads to Senate

By: - May 11, 2021

Over the protests of the minority party — including debate that lasted past midnight on May 6 — Colorado Democrats passed a major health care bill through the House. House Bill 21-1232, which would create a standardized health insurance plan available to individuals and small businesses on the state’s exchange, earned the vote of every […]

Pete Lee

7 dead after mass shooting at Colorado Springs birthday party, police say

By: - May 10, 2021

Less than two months after a shooter massacred 10 people at a Boulder grocery store, another gunman took the lives of seven people, including himself, at an apparent birthday party in Colorado Springs, according to a statement from the Colorado Springs Police Department. Police responded to a call for service at Canterbury Mobile Home Park shortly […]

Gun control bill, aimed at strengthening background checks, wins House committee’s approval

By: - May 7, 2021

A controversial gun control bill, which sponsors introduced in response to the March mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers, passed its first hurdle May 5 at the Colorado Capitol. Rep. Judy Amabile — the Boulder Democrat whose district includes the King Soopers where 10 people were massacred March 22 — is sponsoring House Bill […]

First Lady Jill Biden visits Fort Carson, touts program for military spouses

By: - May 7, 2021

The Fort Carson event where First Lady Jill Biden spoke Thursday wasn’t about COVID-19, but the community college educator still managed to get in a gentle nudge of encouragement for Army families to get the coronavirus vaccine. Biden said she wished she could share lunch and conversation with military spouses, but the pandemic would cut […]

Janet Buckner

First step toward universal preschool: creation of Department of Early Childhood Education, Gov. Polis, Democrats say

By: - May 6, 2021

Even if every Colorado family could afford to send their young child to a preschool or day care, there’s only enough capacity in the state to serve 58% of kids under 6. That statistic comes from KIDS COUNT in Colorado, an annual report published by the advocacy organization Colorado Children’s Campaign. It describes the state’s […]

Moreno and Hansen

Colorado Legislature passes budget with extra cash for body cameras, gray wolves, special education

By: - May 3, 2021

Though the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging in Colorado — despite increasing vaccination — and thousands remain unemployed, the immediate future looks bright for the state’s budget. The Colorado General Assembly finalized the $34.1 billion 2021-2022 budget on April 30, with last-minute additions for gray wolf reintroduction, short-term cash assistance and bullying prevention efforts. If […]

Alec Garnett

Colorado Democrats unveil gun control bills in aftermath of Boulder shooting

By: - April 30, 2021

State Democrats on Thursday announced a trio of bills aimed at addressing gun violence, weeks after the March 22 mass shooting in Boulder. The proposals include removing Colorado’s prohibition on local gun regulations, strengthening background checks, and establishing an office focused on gun violence prevention and intervention. Not on the menu, at least for now: […]