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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2:50pm

Tue April 5, 2011
State Capitol

State Lawmakers Break Budget Stalemate

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Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature have reached a compromise on the state budget, after weeks of negotiations that were nearly derailed.

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7:54am

Tue April 5, 2011
State Capitol

Impasse Delays State Budget

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The powerful Joint Budget Committee met in an undisclosed location yesterday to hammer out an agreement as legislative leaders have reached an impasse on budget negotiations. Now the Democratic Senate president is threatening to introduce a separate budget.

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12:43pm

Fri April 1, 2011
State Capitol

Capitol Conversation: Healthcare Exchanges

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A bi-partisan compromise to create a healthcare exchange is in jeopardy. Republican house majority leader Amy Stephens says she'll introduce an amendment that will drastically change the bill. Just days earlier Stephens stressed the importance of an exchange saying it would help small businesses and individuals purchase affordable health insurance, and make the market more competitive.

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7:47am

Fri April 1, 2011
Capitol Coverage

House Committee Kills Civil Unions Bill

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A bill that would have created civil unions in Colorado failed Thursday in the House judiciary committee on a party line vote. It was widely expected to die in the Republican-controlled committee, but proponents remained optimistic right up until the last vote was cast.

3:29pm

Tue March 29, 2011
State Capitol

Colorado Concussions Law Most Far-Reaching in Country

Jake Snakenberg
Healthpolicysolutions.org

Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law Tuesday that aims to better train coaches to recognize concussions in middle school and high school athletes.

The measure is named after 14 year old Jake Snakenberg, a football player from Grandview High School who suffered a concussion in 2004 after being hit in a football game. He eventually died.

“I’m so proud that we’re able to honor the memory of young Jake,” says bill sponsor Republican Senator Nancy Spence of Centennial.

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