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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.

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The gun debate is one of the central issues during the state’s legislative session. Lawmakers have already heard the first two Republican proposals.

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This year’s legislative session has gotten off to a slow start, but that’s about to change. Two of the biggest items for Democrats are scheduled for hearings this week.

The end of the state’s legislative session is just around the corner, and several big issues will be decided in the final few days. KUNC’s State Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland spoke to fellow statehouse reporters about the agenda, and what items could be headed for the chopping block.

Colorado Republicans will head to the national convention this summer with delegates split between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. KUNC’s Bente Birkeland talks to fellow statehouse reporters about why some members of the GOP are not coalescing around their party’s presumptive presidential nominee.


Next year's proposed state budget cleared the Colorado House with near unanimous support. The Senate is schedule to take up the budget bill this week.

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There have been a host of bills during the legislative session focusing on criminal justice. Many of these measures have been controversial and sparked heated debate amongst lawmakers.

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State lawmakers have introduced a bill aimed at overhauling the state’s telecommunications law. The measure is scheduled for its first hearing at the capitol later today.

Bente Birkeland

The state’s legislative session is half over, and leaders in both parties are taking stock of where things stand and what’s left. Not surprisingly Republicans and Democrats have very different takes on how well the session is progressing.


State lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to increase the daily expense rate for legislators who live outside of Denver. Every non-metro area lawmaker could get nearly 4 thousand additional dollars each year.

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A federal judge is weighing whether a lawsuit against the Tax Payers Bill of Rights should move forward. Plaintiffs are suing the state, saying TABOR violates the U.S. constitution because it strips the state legislature of its power to tax. But Colorado is defending TABOR and filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.