Latest Colorado State General Assembly News

Colorado lawmakers map ambitious path to pandemic recovery

Jun. 09, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Legislature during its 2021 session launched an ambitious path to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic's devastating economic and social consequences, with majority Democrats doling out millions of dollars to dozens of business and health care needs. ...

Colorado Legislature wraps up 2021 session

Jun. 09, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Legislature ended its 2021 session this week after the Democrat-controlled body pushed through a swath of progressive legislation with little Republican support in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, multiple mass shootings in the state and a continuing...

Colorado bill allows retroactivity to 1960 in abuse lawsuits

Jun. 07, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers in the House passed a bill Monday that would allow victims of sexual abuse to retroactively hold organizations accountable through civil lawsuits. The bill that next goes to the Senate would allow the victims to sue organizations with...

Colorado bill would give free contraceptives to immigrants

May. 26, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado bill would provide free contraceptives and reproductive care to people living in the U.S. illegally. The legislation, heard by the House Health and Insurance committee Wednesday, aims to create a reproductive health care program within the state...

Colorado Option healthcare bill advances in state Senate

May. 26, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A bill that would require insurers, hospitals and other healthcare providers to offer a standard health insurance plan to individuals and small businesses and reduce premiums in coming years has passed the state Senate. Colorado Politics reports Wednesday...

Colorado ends 'legacy admissions' for higher education

May. 25, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill Tuesday making the state a leader in the nationwide effort to ban legacy admissions at public colleges and universities. Prateek Dutta, Colorado Policy Director for Democrats for Education Reform, who brought the...

Senate takes on 'Colorado Option' health insurance bill

May. 25, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado state senators clashed over government control of health care pricing and affordability in their first debate Tuesday on a bill that would require insurers to offer a standard health plan to individuals and small businesses -- and sanction hospitals and other health...

Japanese Americans carry trauma from WWII internment camp

May. 23, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

GRANADA, Colo. (AP) — Fifteen miles from the Kansas border, Prowers County Road 23½ comes to a dusty end, surrounded by sagebrush and prickly pear cacti and dead junipers. A place this newspaper called, eight decades ago, “as bleak a spot as one can find on the western plains.” ...

Floyd killing prompts some states to limit or ban chokeholds

May. 23, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

Democratic Rep. Leslie Herod had no luck persuading her colleagues in the Colorado Legislature to ban police from using chokeholds after the death of a 23-year-old Black man in suburban Aurora in 2019. She couldn’t gather enough support to even introduce a police reform...

Colorado bill would convene study of police protest response

May. 20, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would convene a study of law enforcement response and training on protecting First Amendment rights and ensuring peaceful demonstrations. The measure comes after outrage by activists on Denver and local police...