Alec Garnett

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Number of bills passed by Colorado Legislature is the highest in nine years

BY: - June 14, 2021

Colorado lawmakers passed 503 bills this session, more than in any of the previous eight years, according to a Wednesday report from the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Legal Services. While fewer bills were introduced in 2021 than in 2020, 2018 or 2017, this legislative session, which concluded last week, brought a higher number and proportion […]

Colorado’s 2021 legislative session is over. Here are the big takeaways.

BY: - June 10, 2021

After one last hours-long debate on the House floor — this one over Senate amendments to a controversial climate bill — the Colorado General Assembly adjourned for the 2021 session shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday. It was the third year when Democrats held a trifecta of power in the House, Senate and governor’s office. Lawmakers […]

Colorado Legislature passes new medical marijuana restrictions

BY: - June 8, 2021

Proposed new restrictions on medical marijuana, aimed at reducing the use of high-potency products by young people, are on their way to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk. The Senate overwhelmingly passed House Bill 21-1317 with amendments, and the House approved the Senate’s amendments on Tuesday — the final major step in the bill’s long journey before […]

Mike Weissman

Child sexual abuse bill gets watered down in General Assembly’s final days

BY: - June 8, 2021

For decades, advocates of child sexual abuse survivors have been pushing for legislation like Senate Bill 21-88. Though SB-88 was somewhat watered down in the Colorado General Assembly’s final days, survivors of long-ago misconduct are likely to gain some new power under the bill, which hasn’t yet become law. SB-88 passed in the Colorado House […]

Historic $5.3 billion transportation bill sent to governor’s desk

BY: - June 3, 2021

Lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly on Wednesday gave final approval to a $5.3 billion transportation funding package, sending the historic measure to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk to be signed into law. Senate Bill 21-260, which sponsors say will provide a “future-proofed” funding source for transportation through a variety of new fees levied on consumers, […]

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 […]

Colorado lawmakers unveil $5.3 billion proposal to solve ‘transportation crisis’

BY: - May 5, 2021

A broad coalition of state and local elected officials and Colorado business groups on Tuesday unveiled a new legislative proposal that they hope will bring an end to a years-long quest to secure billions in new funding for roads and other transportation infrastructure. “For the first time, we are introducing something that isn’t just a […]

Gov. Polis

Workforce training, sales tax relief, Water Plan funding among stimulus bills at state Capitol

BY: - April 7, 2021

Last month, Democratic Gov. Jared Polis and state lawmakers from both parties announced a $700 million plan to stimulate Colorado’s economy and “build back better” from the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the bills in the stimulus package — made possible by surplus income and sales tax revenue — are now under consideration at the state […]

School funding bill that would raise local property taxes passes Colorado House on second reading

BY: - March 15, 2021

A bill championed by top Democrats in the state Legislature would change the way K-12 education is funded in Colorado. House Bill 21-1164 passed the House on second reading March 12. Sponsored by House Speaker Alec Garnett of Denver and Majority Leader Daneya Esgar of Pueblo, the bill would raise property taxes in local school […]

Gov. Polis

Gov. Polis, state lawmakers unveil $700M economic stimulus plan for Colorado

BY: - March 11, 2021

A bipartisan group of Colorado lawmakers joined Democratic Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday to unveil their plan for a sweeping economic stimulus package at the state level. The yet-to-be-introduced legislation would pump money into areas ranging from restaurants to roads. “This product that is being presented today is the work of long hours, many sleepless […]

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Transportation battle looms at Colorado Capitol

BY: - February 26, 2021

This year, Colorado lawmakers hope to avoid another dead end on transportation — but the road ahead looks bumpy.

Gov. Jared Polis

In State of the State address, Gov. Polis calls for reducing taxes, overhauling transportation

BY: - February 17, 2021

In his 2021 State of the State address to Colorado legislators, Gov. Jared Polis acknowledged the hardships Coloradans endured over the previous year — a crushing pandemic, record-breaking wildfires, police killings of Black Americans and a deadly insurrection at the nation’s Capitol. “When I became governor, I knew that leading our state through good times […]