Capitol Coverage

KUNC is a member of Capitol Coverage, a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado for more than a decade. Fifteen public radio stations participate in Capitol Coverage from throughout Colorado.

Capitol Coverage stories are edited at KUNC. 

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The state's legislative session is winding down and lawmakers are in a race against the clock to wrap things up before this Wednesday's deadline.

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Colorado lawmakers have a little over a week left in the 120 day legislative session and a lot of work still needs to be finished.

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The state budget has now cleared both legislative chambers with bi-partisan support. As part of our capitol conversation series KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland takes a deeper look at the process and how this year’s budget fight compares to previous debates.

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Legislative leaders from both parties and Governor John Hickenlooper have reached what’s been called an historic agreement on how to balance the state’s budget. All sides say they had to make some sacrifices.

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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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Lawmakers on the joint budget committee have reached a gridlock and on writing the budget for next fiscal year. This has forced the Colorado senate to delay the budget debate by a week.

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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.

Lawmakers wrap up statewide hearings on congressional redistricting on March 19th. A bi-partisan committee has traveled across Colorado to get input from voters on drawing new congressional lines. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland explores the history and complications of having politicians write the map.

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A bill to allow civil unions in Colorado gets its first hearing in the state Senate on Monday. The measure would give same sex couples the equivalent legal protections as heterosexual couples. It touches on issues such as division of assets, hospital visitation, and end of life decision making.

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Colorado is approaching the midpoint of its legislative session, and Republicans in control of the House are flexing their newfound majority and moving forward a few controversial bills through that chamber. This comes after weeks of signature bills being quietly killed by their own sponsors.

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