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.

 

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5:23am

Tue April 24, 2012
Politics

Immigrant Tuition Bill Clears First Hurdle in Republican House

The Republican controlled house education committee has passed a bill to let illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools pay less than out of state tuition. The controversial bill survived because one Republican lawmaker who’d previously voted against it, now supports the concept.

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3:09pm

Sun April 22, 2012
Politics

Capitol Conversation: Republican Support Split between Romney and Paul

Colorado Republicans will head to the national convention this summer with delegates split between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. KUNC’s Bente Birkeland talks to fellow statehouse reporters about why some members of the GOP are not coalescing around their party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

3:45pm

Thu April 19, 2012
Politics

Statewide Oil and Gas Legislation on Hold

Additional legislation to deal with hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas regulations is unlikely in the final weeks of the state’s annual legislative session. A task force convened by Governor Hickenlooper to examine the issue is not recommending new laws.

KUNC’s State Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more.

11:33am

Thu April 19, 2012
Politics

Next Year's Fiscal Budget Proposal Popular in Colorado Senate

KUNC

Colorado’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year remained largely unchanged after a debate in the state senate Wednesday. Lawmakers offered about half as many amendments as the representatives in the House proposed. KUNC’s Bente Birkeland reports that the budget bill passed the Colorado House last week with near unanimous support and appears likely to be receive easy passage in the Senate.

 

4:37pm

Mon April 16, 2012
Politics

Immigrant Nonprofit Loses Funding Over LGBT Issue

An LGBT organization in Colorado is raising money for a non-profit that’s losing its funding for being loosely affiliated with them. The Catholic Conference of Bishops said it will no longer give money to Companeros because it’s too closely tied to the LGBT group. 

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