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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2:37pm

Tue March 6, 2012
Politics

Governor’s New Oil and Gas Task Force Meets This Week

Kirk Siegler

State lawmakers have already defeated several bills dealing with the controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing this session. But a new executive order from Governor John Hickenlooper stands to put the issue in the spotlight once again. He’s created a new task force to examine the balance of power between local oil and gas regulations and state rules. The group holds its first meeting on Friday.

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6:31am

Thu March 1, 2012
Politics

The Finances of State Lawmakers

KUNC

State lawmakers say it’s a financial hardship to serve in the state legislature, especially for rural lawmakers. This comes as lawmakers are defending an increase in their daily cost of living expenses, at a time when many have opposed similar pay-increases for state employees amid the economic downturn.

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7:17am

Mon February 27, 2012
Politics

Capitol Conversation: Lawmakers Consider Giving Themselves Raises

KUNC

State lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to increase the daily expense rate for legislators who live outside of Denver. Every non-metro area lawmaker could get nearly 4 thousand additional dollars each year.

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4:50pm

Thu February 23, 2012
Politics

Governor Hickenlooper Discusses Legislative Session

State of Colorado

There are several big ticket items yet to be tackled by state lawmakers including the state budget. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to talk about the session so far and some of his top priorities.

7:48am

Tue February 21, 2012
Politics

Rural Lawmakers Get Daily Expense Increase

Creative Commons

The Colorado House of Representatives gave lawmakers who live outside of the Denver area a 22% cost of living increase last week. The measure passed under the radar with no debate. But now some lawmakers are speaking out in advance of the bill heading to the senate.

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