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Faith Miller

Faith Miller

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

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Colorado Legislature prepares to debate $36 billion budget

By: - March 30, 2022

Over the past few weeks, state lawmakers who serve on the powerful Joint Budget Committee put the final touches on a $36 billion budget, known as the “long bill,” for fiscal year 2022-2023. They’ve been meeting for months to consider requests from department heads and craft a budget package that makes good use of continued […]

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Universal preschool bill passes Colorado House, heads to Senate

By: - March 25, 2022

Democrats’ plan to implement universal preschool — a key campaign promise of Democratic Gov. Jared Polis — passed a major test Friday, securing approval from the Colorado House of Representatives. The 522-page bill to create a no-cost preschool program by fall of 2023 has four Democratic sponsors: Rep. Emily Sirota and House Speaker Alec Garnett […]

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Fentanyl overdose crisis strategy unveiled by Gov. Polis, state lawmakers

By: - March 25, 2022

After much anticipation, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers and district attorneys joined Gov. Jared Polis at the Capitol on Thursday to introduce legislation aimed at addressing the rise in fentanyl overdose deaths in Colorado. They propose increasing penalties for people who manufacture, sell or distribute the powerful synthetic opioid while requiring people convicted of […]

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Rep. Larson, challenger Wagner split delegates at JeffCo GOP assembly

By: - March 24, 2022

State Rep. Colin Larson, a Littleton Republican running for a third term in the Colorado House, and his primary opponent, retired schoolteacher Dede Wagner, both qualified for the June ballot at Jefferson County Republicans’ county assembly March 19. Each candidate garnered about half of the delegate votes, according to Denise Mund, chair of the JeffCo […]

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Abortion rights bill passes Colorado Legislature after two long days of Senate debate

By: - March 23, 2022

The 35 members of the Colorado Senate spent more than 12 hours Tuesday debating a bill that would codify abortion rights in state law, with Republicans doing their best to delay it as long as they could. With a final recorded vote Wednesday, after another hours-long debate, House Bill 22-1279 passed the state Legislature. It […]

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Abusive tow truck practices said to be systemic. A new bill contains ‘guardrails.’

By: - March 23, 2022

When the father of Doris Morales’ daughter came to visit her in Commerce City, Morales made sure his truck was in the visitor’s parking area of the apartment complex. After all, she said, “You can come and knock on all these doors, and everybody has a story” about the towing at Village Crest apartments. But […]

Housing, behavioral health bills would put federal dollars to work

By: - March 17, 2022

A few of the solutions state lawmakers propose to address Colorado’s twin crises — affordable housing and behavioral health — include adding beds at the state hospital, integrating mental and physical care, providing grants and loans for developers, and helping mobile home residents stay housed. It’s all part of a bipartisan plan to funnel hundreds of millions […]

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Committee rejects Hanks bill that included in-person voting requirement in Colorado

By: - March 15, 2022

A panel of state lawmakers soundly rejected a sweeping elections bill, proposed by a U.S. Senate candidate who’s repeatedly questioned the 2020 presidential election results. The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Ron Hanks, a Cañon City Republican hoping to face off with U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, the Democrat who is up for reelection in […]

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Colorado House passes abortion rights bill, sending it to Senate

By: - March 14, 2022

The Colorado House of Representatives voted Monday to approve a bill that would codify reproductive rights, including abortion, into state law. House Bill 22-1279, titled the “Reproductive Health Equity Act,” would affirmatively state that people in Colorado have the right to have an abortion or to continue a pregnancy, as well as the right to […]

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Seeing disparities in missing person cases, lawmakers seek changes

By: - March 14, 2022

To some people with missing loved ones, it’s painfully obvious how much more attention from media and law enforcement is paid to white women who disappear, as compared with Black people, Indigenous people and other people of color. Older people who go missing, as well as those from LGTBQ communities, also get overlooked compared with […]

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Historic debate on Colorado abortion rights results in bill advancing to final House vote

By: and - March 12, 2022

Following a marathon debate that Capitol observers say was the longest in modern history and included a heated confrontation between two Republican lawmakers, the Colorado House advanced a bill that would affirm abortion rights in the state. Debate on House Bill 22-1279, known as the Reproductive Health Equity Act, began in the House at 10:53 […]

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‘Deplorable’ practices inspire Colorado bill that would give state more power to inspect funeral homes

By: - March 10, 2022

When state lawmakers heard horror stories about Colorado funeral directors selling body parts and leaving human remains to mold, they got working on a bipartisan fix. It’s contained in House Bill 22-1073, which would hand the state’s Division of Professions and Operations more power to inspect funeral homes and crematories. The Colorado Senate gave it […]