Colorado Legislature


Mon March 12, 2012

Lawmakers Want to Go Paperless at the Capitol

The senate clerk used to lock bills in this safe to prevent theft.
Bente Birkeland

The Colorado legislature generates millions of pieces of paper each year, costing the state thousands of dollars in printing costs. In fact, many state lawmakers say they’re buried in paperwork. But as KUNC’s Bente Birkeland reports, much of that paper could one day be a thing of the past.

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Fri March 2, 2012
State Politics

State Fair Seeks Help Demolishing Old Buildings

Officials with the Colorado State Fair are looking to the legislature for help in funding the demolition of a few buildings contaminated with lead paint and asbestos near the fairgrounds in Pueblo. 

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Thu March 1, 2012

The Finances of State Lawmakers


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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Tue February 21, 2012

Rural Lawmakers Get Daily Expense Increase

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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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Tue February 14, 2012

State Lawmakers to Debate Civil Unions Measure

Jason Prussman, Jason Cobb, and Jacobb Prussman.
Bente Birkeland

The state senate will take up a measure this week on whether to allow civil unions in Colorado. A similar bill failed last year in the Republican controlled house by a single vote. 

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