Broomfield City Council refers ranked-choice voting to November ballot
Within a few years, voters in several Colorado cities could be filling in bubbles next to the names of multiple candidates running for the same office in a local election. A new state law makes it easier for cities and towns to implement ranked-choice voting, which is sometimes called instant runoff voting. The process allows […]
Car registration with a state parks pass on the side? Coming to Colorado in 2023.
Starting sometime in 2023, Coloradans registering their cars, motorcycles, lightweight trucks and sport utility vehicles can purchase an annual state parks pass for a $40 discount. The forthcoming “Keep Colorado Wild” pass is thanks to Senate Bill 21-249, which Gov. Jared Polis signed into law on Monday. Proponents expect it will raise more money for […]
Colorado’s 2021 legislative session is over. Here are the big takeaways.
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 […]
Senate passes $5.3B transportation package backed by local governments, business groups
The Colorado Senate on Monday gave final approval to a $5.3 billion transportation-funding package, sending the bill to the state House of Representatives and bringing lawmakers one step closer to achieving a long-sought-after agreement to fund a backlog of infrastructure needs. “We see it every day in our roads and bridges that are falling apart, […]
Cities, counties could craft stricter gun policies under Colorado bill up for Senate vote
The March 22 mass shooting in Boulder, followed by another massacre weeks later in Colorado Springs, brought new urgency to Colorado Democrats’ gun policy plans. Senate Bill 21-256 — sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg of Boulder and Sen. Dominick Moreno of Commerce City, along with Reps. Edie Hooton of Boulder and Lindsey Daugherty […]
Colorado Democrats unveil gun control bills in aftermath of Boulder shooting
State Democrats on Thursday announced a trio of bills aimed at addressing gun violence, weeks after the March 22 mass shooting in Boulder. The proposals include removing Colorado’s prohibition on local gun regulations, strengthening background checks, and establishing an office focused on gun violence prevention and intervention. Not on the menu, at least for now: […]
Democrats are failing the Boulder massacre test
During a virtual community meeting on March 24 — two days after a gunman armed with an assault weapon slaughtered 10 people at a Boulder grocery store — Colorado Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg of Boulder said it was “a time to act.” Also at the meeting were state Reps. Judy Amabile and Edie Hooton, […]
Boulder shooting prompts calls from Democrats for assault weapons ban in Colorado
In 2018, the city of Boulder passed an ordinance banning assault weapons, which it defined as “semi-automatic weapons designed with military features to allow rapid spray firing.” A decision issued by Boulder County District Court Judge Andrew Hartman on March 12 found that ordinance to have violated state law, rendering it powerless unless the city […]
Transportation battle looms at Colorado Capitol
This year, Colorado lawmakers hope to avoid another dead end on transportation — but the road ahead looks bumpy.
A 15,000-foot view of Colorado’s legislative climate and energy landscape
“A 15,000-foot view of Colorado’s legislative climate and energy landscape” originally appeared in Mountain Town News. Carrots or sticks — or, more likely, what mixture? That will be among the questions as Colorado legislators sort through several dozen bills during the next few months that seek to build on the state’s ground-breaking energy and climate […]
In State of the State address, Gov. Polis calls for reducing taxes, overhauling transportation
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 […]
Colorado barrels ahead with redistricting efforts as fate of the once-in-a-decade process remains in limbo
The pandemic is throwing a wrench in Colorado’s once-in-a-decade effort to update its congressional and legislative boundaries leading up to the 2022 elections. The U.S. Census Bureau announced on Feb. 12 that it won’t be releasing the necessary data for redistricting until Sept. 30 — six months past the usual release date and weeks after […]