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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8:00am

Thu March 20, 2014
Politics

Cigarette Restriction Bill Goes Up In Smoke

Smokers in Old Town Fort Collins, in this file photo from May 2007.
Paul L. Dineen Flickr - Creative Commons

A bill to increase the smoking age in Colorado to 21 failed in the house finance committee Wednesday. One Democrat joined with Republicans to defeat the measure.

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5:10pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Politics

Positive Forecast Gives Colorado Budget Some Wiggle Room

Ken Lund Flickr - Creative Commons

Colorado lawmakers learned Tuesday that the state’s economy is stronger than expected. That means they’ll have more money to spend in the 2015 budget.

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11:22am

Thu March 13, 2014
Politics

Distracted Driving Bill Falls In House Committee

While texting behind the wheel remains illegal in Colorado, a bill looking to ban taliking on a phone without a hands free device failed in committee at the capitol.
Jim Legans, Jr Flickr - Creative Commons

A bill to ban talking on cell phones while driving failed in the House Transportation Committee Wednesday with two Democrats joining Republicans in defeating the measure.

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2:48pm

Wed March 12, 2014
Politics

Disaster Relief On The Docket At The State Capitol

Jim Hill KUNC

The annual legislative session is typically marked with plenty of partisanship – but this year lawmakers in both parties are working together on flood relief bills. As dozens of natural disaster bills are making their way in the statehouse, some of the more significant policies are stalled.

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6:00am

Mon March 10, 2014
Politics

Taking A Tally At The Colorado Legislative Midpoint

A view of the newly regilded dome atop the capitol from the 16th Street Mall.
Jim Hill KUNC

Colorado’s 2014 legislative session is already halfway over. So far lawmakers have tackled a whole host of issues – everything from gun law repeals to wildfire and flood related measures.

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