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People leaving prison would get Colorado ID cards under state bill

BY: - April 23, 2021

People leaving the prison system often have to jump through hoops to get a state-issued identification card. For them, it’s just another obstacle in the way of securing a new job, finding housing or reuniting with family members. An agreement between Colorado agencies already removes that obstacle for many people. It’s aimed at reducing their […]

U.S. House passes D.C. statehood bill, but votes still lacking in Senate

BY: - April 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — For the second time, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, sending the historic bill to the Senate on a party-line vote. “We look forward to a swift vote in the Senate on this essential legislation,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), said ahead […]

Florida’s Bill Nelson welcomed back to U.S. Senate as NASA nominee

BY: - April 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida returned to a familiar setting on Wednesday — the hearing room of the Senate panel that oversees space policy — where his former colleagues welcomed him back as President Joe Biden’s pick to serve as NASA administrator. Senators from both sides of the aisle praised Nelson as […]

Restaurant chains slammed over resistance to minimum wage hike for tipped workers

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — As the nation’s largest trade group for restaurant owners on Tuesday held a virtual version of its annual gathering to lobby Congress, advocates for a $15-per-hour minimum wage took aim at the powerful restaurant chains that they say are blocking legislation on a higher wage for tipped workers. During their own virtual event, lawmakers […]

Federal background checks on ammunition sales pushed by Democrats

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would require instant background checks to prevent individuals with a criminal record from illegally purchasing ammunition. The measure backed by the Democrats, known as Jaime’s Law, is named in honor of Jaime Guttenberg, a student who […]

Georgia voting law pummeled at U.S. Senate hearing on ‘Jim Crow 2021’

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s new voting law was at the center of Tuesday’s U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where senators discussed restoration of a key section in the Voting Rights Act that would prevent states, mostly in the South, from changing their election laws without federal approval. During the more than four-hour hearing, witnesses opposed to […]

Walk-in vaccinations to begin at some community sites in Colorado, Gov. Polis says

BY: - April 20, 2021

Coloradans no longer need an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Starting Wednesday, three community vaccination sites will accept walk-in or drive-in patients with no need to make an appointment, Gov. Jared Polis announced during a news briefing Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion. “In Colorado we’re seeing a 93 to 95% reduction in positive cases […]

Gov. Polis signs two gun reform bills into law

BY: - April 20, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis signed into law two gun reform bills Monday. One of the bills — Senate Bill 21-78 — creates reporting requirements for Colorado gun owners whose firearms are lost or stolen. If someone does not tell law enforcement about their firearm being lost or stolen, within five days of learning it’s gone, the […]

Reps. Boebert, Taylor Greene oppose National Marrow Donor Program reauthorization in 415-2 vote

BY: - April 16, 2021

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert was one of only two members of the House of Representatives to vote against legislation reauthorizing the National Marrow Donor Program, which operates a registry that helps facilitate bone marrow and cord blood transplants to patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases. The House on Thursday passed H.R. 941, known as […]

State Rep. Monica Duran

Colorado bill aims to ensure domestic violence suspects surrender firearms

BY: - April 16, 2021

A proposed Colorado law aims to ensure domestic violence suspects surrender their firearms when a judge grants a protection order against them. House Bill 21-1255, sponsored by Democratic Reps. Monica Duran of Denver and Matt Gray of Broomfield, would expand and clarify requirements that already exist in state law around relinquishing guns. After a judge […]

‘Traditional system’ of filibuster should be given chance to succeed, Hickenlooper says in town hall

BY: - April 15, 2021

Sen. John Hickenlooper participated in his first town hall since being elected in November. The virtual event took place Wednesday evening and was moderated by Hickenlooper’s Colorado state director, Shad Murib. Constituents were invited to submit questions in advance or call in during the event. The town hall generated more than 1,000 questions, according to […]

Former Wisconsin health leader pledges ‘common ground’ agenda if confirmed for HHS post

BY: - April 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — When Andrea Palm worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration, she says there was a theme to the policy issues that ended up on her plate: ones that required bipartisan cooperation. The agency’s secretary at the time, Sylvia Burwell, had a nickname for Palm’s portfolio: the “common-ground […]