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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8:24am

Thu March 24, 2011
State Capitol

Civil Unions Legislation Initially Passes in Senate

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A bill to legalize civil unions in Colorado brought out emotional responses from lawmakers on the senate floor on Wednesday. The measure initially cleared the senate. Supporters at times choked back tears, while lawmakers opposed to the measure were largely silent.

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8:58am

Wed March 23, 2011
State Politics

Bullying Bill Advances at State Capitol

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Debate on a bill that aims to curb bullying in Colorado schools got personal when lawmakers shared their own stories of being bullied as children. The bill still needs a final vote in the house, but has strong support from almost every lawmaker.

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8:13am

Tue March 22, 2011
State Politics

Secure Communities Bill has Mixed Support in State Legislature

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A bill that aims to entice Colorado's counties to participate in a controversial federal immigration program is making its way through the Republican controlled house. Opponents say the measure is unnecessary and will do more harm than good.

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8:53am

Sun March 20, 2011
Politics

Immigrant Tuition Bill Delayed by Lawmakers

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Sponsors of a bill that would give illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools in state college tuition are delaying the measure as they try to drum up support. The controversial bill is expected to pass the Democratic controlled senate, but getting it through the Republican controlled house will be a tougher challenge.

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8:20am

Sun March 20, 2011
State Capitol

Capitol Conversation

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For the third year in a row, state lawmakers will grapple with the debate over who can sell full strength beer. Two lawmakers have introduced bills to expand the sale of full strength beer to grocery and convenience stores. Similar bills have failed in the past.

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