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Faith Miller

Faith Miller

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

Jennifer Bacon and Tom Sullivan

Open-carry gun ban at drop boxes, polling centers advances in Colorado Legislature

By: - February 15, 2022

A legislative committee hearing on four Colorado voting-related bills — most of them doomed from the start — became a microcosm of national partisan rhetoric around elections, lasting into the evening on Valentine’s Day. Monday’s meeting of the House State, Civic, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee became an opportunity for outnumbered Republican state lawmakers and […]

Aurora Municipal Court

Bill would extend 48-hour bond hearings law to municipal courts

By: - February 14, 2022

People charged with crimes in state, county or district courts in Colorado might have to languish in jail for more than two days before getting a bond hearing. This could happen if, for example, a suspect got arrested on a Friday afternoon in a county that didn’t hold hearings on weekends, according to Democratic state […]

school lunch

All Colorado children could get free school meals under proposed law

By: - February 8, 2022

A group of Democratic state lawmakers and coalition of advocacy groups want to permanently provide free breakfast and lunch in schools for all K-12 students, regardless of income levels. “By providing healthy school meals free for all public school students, we will take away the stigma and embarrassment that has been a regular part of […]

East Troublesome Fire

Should wildfire victims get more insurance money up front? Some lawmakers think so.

By: - February 7, 2022

When wildfire struck Grand County, Marjorie Cranston and her husband lost their home of 15 years. The loss was hard enough, Cranston said, without spending months scouring her brain to remember every single item lost in the flames. The 2020 East Troublesome Fire destroyed an estimated 366 homes, including Cranston’s home between Grand Lake and […]

Sen. Leroy Garcia

Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia to resign, accept Pentagon role

By: - February 3, 2022

Come Feb. 23, Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia will no longer preside over the upper chamber. The legislative leader from Pueblo will accept an appointment at the Pentagon, according to a Thursday statement from Colorado Senate Democrats. Garcia will serve as the special assistant to the U.S. Navy’s assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs […]

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Colorado should limit kids’ lead exposure with school water filters, advocates say

By: - February 1, 2022

Nearly 3 in 4 Colorado kids have detectable levels of lead in their bloodstream, according to a peer-reviewed study published in September. The September analysis — published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics — found that nationwide, slightly more than half of children tested positive for lead, making Colorado’s rate above average. Some state lawmakers […]

Brittany Pettersen

Dismal record on behavioral health care could improve in Colorado with these recommendations

By: - February 1, 2022

For years, Colorado has ranked among the lowest-performing states on various measures of access to mental health and substance use treatment. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated depression, anxiety and addiction, while limiting how and when many people could get care. State lawmakers decided to address the crisis by directing $450 million in federal relief money […]

These private prisons have over 100% staff turnover. Will more state money help?

By: - January 26, 2022

Two private prisons in rural southeast Colorado — both operated by the company CoreCivic — are grappling with high turnover rates among their staff. To address this, the Department of Corrections wants more state money to pay CoreCivic. Lawmakers voted Friday to support that request. In 2021, DOC and CoreCivic data show a correctional officer turnover rate […]

Hugh McKean

Republican state lawmakers look to micro-nuclear power, hydroelectricity

By: - January 24, 2022

Republican state lawmakers say they want to look at cleaner power generation, but not necessarily from wind and solar energy. They’re eyeing nuclear and hydroelectric power instead. A proposed law spearheaded by Sen. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, and House Minority Leader Hugh McKean, R-Loveland, would require the state to study whether small modular nuclear reactors could […]

Watts home

After Marshall Fire, community rallies for The Motet’s Dave Watts

By: - January 23, 2022

Dec. 31, 2021, would be the first New Year’s Eve in 33 years that Dave Watts wouldn’t have a gig to play, he lamented on Facebook in late December. Watts’ funk-, soul- and jazz-influenced band, The Motet, had canceled its San Diego show due to “multiple cases of Covid” among the band and crew. It […]

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Anticipating a ‘post-Roe world,’ Democrats plan reproductive rights bill

By: - January 22, 2022

A trio of Democratic state lawmakers plans to introduce a bill that, if passed, would enshrine abortion rights in state law. The policy is planned as a backstop in case the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that established the constitutional right to abortion. While Coloradans currently […]

Voting rights resolution passes state House, Senate over GOP protests

By: - January 19, 2022

Over protests from Republicans, the state Senate and House of Representatives each passed a resolution urging Congress to pass voting rights legislation and reaffirming that the 2020 presidential election was valid. Senate Memorial 22-1 was sponsored by Sens. James Coleman and Julie Gonzales, both Democrats from Denver. The resolution passed on a vote of 20-13, […]