Bente Birkeland

State Capitol Reporter

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.




Fri May 4, 2012

Civil Unions Bill Passes Another Legislative Hurdle

Republican Representative BJ Nikkel expaling her vote.
Daniel Gonzales

A measure to allow civil unions in Colorado has cleared the Republican controlled house judiciary committee. Many in the audience say they were shocked when the same committee that defeated the bill last year moved it forward.

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Wed May 2, 2012

Fracking the Focus of Congressional Hearing at Colorado Capitol [Updated]

An oil and gas rig in Weld County, Colo.
Kirk Siegler

Denver was the location for a U.S. Congressional field hearing on hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday. Panelists and members of Congress debated whether the fracking process is safe, and if federal regulations would be overreaching.

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Tue May 1, 2012

Bill to Compensate Victims of Lower North Fork Fire Advances

The Lower North Fork Fire as seen from a distance.
Nathan Heffel

About two-dozen victims of the Lower North Fork Fire were at the State Capitol on Monday to hear lawmakers debate a bill that seeks to compensate them above the current state requirement of $600,000.00 per incident.

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Sun April 29, 2012

Capitol Conversation: 2012 Legislative Session Coming to a Close

The end of the state’s legislative session is just around the corner, and several big issues will be decided in the final few days. KUNC’s State Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland spoke to fellow statehouse reporters about the agenda, and what items could be headed for the chopping block.


Fri April 27, 2012

Efforts to Revamp Governor’s Energy Office Still on the Table

Solar Panels in the San Luis Valley.
Kirk Siegler

Democrats and conservationists are working with Governor Hickenlooper’s staff to try and save a bill that would expand the mission of the Energy office to promote more traditional forms of energy such as coal and natural gas.

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