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A Colorado lawmaker who gave birth during the legislative session said she plans to return to the Capitol as soon as possible to take votes on the floor.

State Sen. Brittany Pettersen gave birth to Davis James Silverii on Sunday, The Colorado Sun reported.

Colorado Democratic state Sen. Lois Court announced Monday she is resigning effective Jan. 16 due to health issues.

A statement released by majority Senate Democrats said Court has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder.

Colorado state Sen. Angela Williams on Monday announced she will not seek re-election this year in her northeastern Denver district.

Williams, a Democrat, is a statehouse veteran who had advocated for small business and for families struggling to afford the rising costs of health care and housing amid Colorado's economic boom.

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Colorado Democrats are backing a heavily-amended version of a bill to create a paid family leave program.

The bill stalled in the Senate Finance Committee last month over concerns from business leaders and some Democratic lawmakers. But a series of 24 amendments have gotten some of the Democratic holdouts on board, and the committee voted along party lines to advance the proposal.

State Rep. Rochelle Galindo said Friday she believes efforts to oust her from office through a recall are motivated by “radical extremist” views targeting her race and sexuality, even as Republican opponents pushed back on that idea.

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Colorado Democrats have tabled their effort to repeal the death penalty after some members of their own party expressed concerns about the bill.

The proposal was stuck in limbo for more than two weeks as State Sen. Angela Williams tried to secure the votes the bill needed to clear the Senate, where Democrats hold a slim 19-16 majority.

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Colorado's Senate has approved a draft $30.5 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The Senate voted 29-6 on Thursday to send the legislation to the House Appropriations Committee.

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Colorado's Democrat-led Senate debated the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, due process and public safety on Friday as it considered a bill that would allow weapons to be seized from people who are determined by a court to pose significant risk.

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Colorado's Senate has passed a contentious bill to grant more local control over oil and gas drilling operations.

The Democrat-controlled chamber voted 19-15 along party lines Wednesday to send the bill to the House, where Democratic Speaker KC Becker is a sponsor of the legislation.

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Colorado Republicans hoping to delay the passage of bills to repeal the death penalty and overhaul oil and gas regulations have demanded that an unrelated 2,000-page bill be read aloud in the Senate.

The Denver Post reports that GOP state Sen. John Cooke invoked a rule Monday allowing lawmakers to demand a bill be read, delaying other action. Cooke says it was the only option minority Republicans had.