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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 first in nation to require web accessibility for government

By: - July 20, 2021

To the state lawmaker who sponsored legislation for people with disabilities, the success of House Bill 21-1110 is the perfect example of why “representation matters.” After freshman Democratic Rep. David Ortiz of Littleton was elected in 2020, he became the first person who uses a wheelchair to serve in the Colorado General Assembly. This year, […]

Largest jump in Colorado overdose deaths in more than 20 years, data show

By: - July 15, 2021

Fatal drug overdose deaths increased approximately 38% in Colorado from 2019 to 2020, according to preliminary federal data from the National Vital Statistics System. That’s the largest year-over-year increase in Colorado overdose deaths since at least 2000, and is worse than the U.S. average. The nation as a whole experienced a 29% increase in overdose […]

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to headline El Paso County GOP fundraiser

By: - July 15, 2021

Controversial Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is slated as the keynote speaker for the El Paso County Republican Party’s annual fundraising dinner in August. Who shows up, and who doesn’t, could indicate the willingness of prominent Colorado Republicans to embrace the far right. But local elected officials generally appear to be avoiding that conversation. Greene, […]

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$30M in federal COVID relief to support Colorado seniors, domestic violence survivors

By: - July 14, 2021

Two new Colorado laws will put $30 million from the latest coronavirus relief package passed by Congress toward support for Colorado seniors and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The state of Colorado received a total of $3.9 billion from the March COVID relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA. […]

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Ethics complaint against Sen. Bob Gardner dismissed by unanimous vote

By: - July 13, 2021

Five state legislators serving on a bipartisan committee voted unanimously Monday to exonerate a fellow lawmaker, dismissing an ethics complaint against him on all counts. The complaint was filed against Colorado Springs Republican Sen. Bob Gardner, who told Newsline he would like his reputation back. A complaint dated April 21 had accused Gardner of exercising […]

New Colorado law tackles insulin prices

By: - July 10, 2021

People with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes need prescription insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels. Without access to the medication, diabetes can prove fatal. But rising costs of insulin make the life-saving medication difficult or impossible to obtain for many people, even those with public or private health insurance. Colorado lawmakers, who’ve worked […]

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Colorado would receive $50 million in proposed settlement with Purdue Pharma, Sackler family

By: - July 8, 2021

Under the terms of a multibillion-dollar proposed settlement with multiple states, pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma and the family that owns it would pay Colorado $50 million to combat the opioid crisis. Former Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, first sued Purdue Pharma in 2018 over allegations the company employed deceptive marketing practices to sell […]

Report: Veteran suicides far outstrip combat deaths in post-9/11 wars

By: - July 8, 2021

Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, 7,057 U.S. military service members were killed in war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Deaths by suicide among veterans and service members who served post-9/11 amount to more than four times that number, according to a recent report that’s part of the Costs of War project from […]

New Colorado election laws expand multilingual voting access, voter registration options

By: - July 6, 2021

In the same week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona laws banning third-party ballot collection and the counting of ballots cast in the wrong precinct, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, signed a very different bill into law. House Bill 21-1011 is supposed to make voting easier for people whose primary language is not English. The […]

Polis signs substance use prevention bill but warns against future health insurance mandates

By: - July 2, 2021

With a bipartisan bill that Gov. Jared Polis signed into law Monday, state legislators forced state-regulated insurance plans to provide optional alternatives to prescription opioids. The law is aimed at preventing addiction and overdose. Polis, however, expressed concern that the legislation — along with recent and future laws that mandate coverage for specific health care […]

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Gov. Polis notes funding concerns with bill banning American Indian mascots

By: - June 29, 2021

Starting June 1, 2022, Colorado public schools must stop using American Indian mascots or face steep fines, under a bill Gov. Jared Polis signed into law Monday. But Polis, a Democrat, wrote an accompanying letter to state lawmakers that cited concerns about the bill. “I am proud of Colorado for this landmark legislation, and am […]

Six months after Congress passed COVID relief, shuttered venues still await payouts

By: - June 29, 2021

As part of the coronavirus relief package passed in December 2020, Congress directed $16 billion in grant funding to the concert halls and theaters that were forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, or SVOG, program was meant as an answer to pleas from artists and business owners nationwide, who […]