Politics

8:53am

Mon March 9, 2015
Capitol Conversation

Mid-Session, What Are The Odds For Some Hot Topic Bills?

Jim Hill KUNC

State lawmakers are midway through the annual legislative session – but there's still a lot to be done.

House Democrats would like law enforcement to increase the use of body cameras, set up a special prosecutor to review decisions when a law enforcement official isn't charged when there are allegations of deadly force, ban choke holds, and collect demographic data on arrests. What are the chances for passage?

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5:00am

Mon March 9, 2015
Politics

Taking Stock Of Split Control At The 2015 Legislature's Mid-Point

Stephen Butler Flickr - Creative Commons

State lawmakers are officially at the halfway point of the 2015 legislative session. What needs to be done before the end of the session? Lawmakers will need to pass a balanced budget, and along the way grapple with some hot-button issues such as school testing requirements and police reforms.

"Most of the big work is ahead of us, what happens for the first half is kind of getting ready for it," said Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs).

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6:12pm

Tue March 3, 2015
Politics

Drone Privacy Bill Gets Delayed In Colorado Judiciary Committee

A DJI Quadcopter drone.
Adam Meek Flickr - Creative Commons

The sponsor of a proposal to put guardrails around the use of drones for non- government purposes asked lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee to delay a vote on the bill Tuesday.

"I would work with members of the committee to make sure it truly protects the privacy of people in the state," said Representative Polly Lawrence (R-Roxborough Park).

The delay came after nearly two hours of testimony that focused on emerging technologies and a person's reasonable expectation of privacy.

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4:30am

Mon March 2, 2015
Capitol Conversation

What's Next Politically For Oil & Gas In Colorado?

Stephen Butler Flickr - Creative Commons

Governor John Hickenlooper's oil and gas task force recently proposed nine recommendations to try and easy concerns for people living near energy development, but it did not vote to give local communities more control over oil and gas drilling.

The big question on everyone's mind now: What's next for the state Legislature and for a possible anti-fracking initiative going before voters in 2016?

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5:37pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Politics

Hickenlooper On The Work Of The Oil & Gas Task Force

Governor John Hickenlooper.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Reaction at the state capitol to work of the Oil and Gas Task Force was decidedly mixed. Members of the governor's own party called the effort a failure, one lawmaker even graded it an "F+."

The proposed recommendations are intended to mitigate the impacts of energy development near communities. While the task force wants local governments to be more involved in developing large drill sites, it stopped short of allowing cities and counties to adopt rules stricter than the state standards.

With the final nine recommendations to hit Governor John Hickenlooper's desk Feb. 27, what are his thoughts on the group's work and the backlash?

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