Latest Colorado state government News

Colorado unveils plan to cut air pollution by 90% by 2050

Jan. 15, 2021 7:47 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials unveiled a plan to cut heat-trapping air pollution in the state by 90% by 2050 in order to improve public health and reduce the effects of climate change. “This is an issue for all humanity and life on the planet,” Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said....

Colorado Legislature passes COVID aid, adjourns for a month

Jan. 15, 2021 5:59 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Legislature passed bills adjusting several aspects of state COVID-19 relief on Friday before adjourning for a month in hopes that it will be safer to meet in the statehouse amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a three-day session, the Democrat-led Senate and House passed a short list...

Kat Pitner receives her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine from Aspen Valley Hospital's registered nurse Erica Purcell at the Benedict Music Tent parking lot in Aspen, Colo. on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Pitner has lived in Aspen since 1974.

Colorado governor criticizes false promise of more vaccines

Jan. 15, 2021 4:42 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Friday said the Trump administration showed “gross incompetence” when it provided false information about the existence of a federal vaccine reserve. The criticism came three days after the administration announced the federal government would begin...

Colorado sending at least 200 National Guard to Washington

Jan. 15, 2021 11:18 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is sending at least 200 members of its National Guard to Washington to help provide security for next week's presidential inauguration. Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday that he was activating Guard members at the request of the District of Columbia National Guard. "The presence of the...

Colorado lawmakers race through short start to 2021 session

Jan. 14, 2021 6:21 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are moving quickly to adjust a handful of pandemic-related laws before their abbreviated three-day start to the 2021 session ends on Friday. Colorado Politics reports that the House approved four bills and advanced two Senate bills on Thursday. The House legislation...

FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo, shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. Two groups opposing a Colorado ballot initiative to reintroduce the gray wolf into the state conceded the race Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, even though the race is too early to call because thousands of ballots are still uncounted. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)

Colorado begins wolf reintroduction plans OK'd by voters

Jan. 14, 2021 3:52 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado could have to navigate years of pending litigation over the Trump administration’s delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act as it tries to enact its own voter-approved initiative to reintroduce the predator to the state, top wildlife officials were told...

FILEā€”The State Capitol is shown in this file photograph taken Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in downtown Denver. The Colorado Legislature opened Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, for a brief, three-day session to swear in new members and adjust several pandemic relief laws before adjorning until February because of coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

COVID aid on agenda as Colorado lawmakers begin 2021 session

Jan. 13, 2021 6:24 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Democrat-led Legislature launched on Wednesday a brief three-day session by swearing in new members and adjusting several pandemic relief laws before it adjourns until February because of safety concerns over the coronavirus. The 2021 session began amid FBI warnings of...

Annual Colorado pot sales surpass $2 billion for first time

Jan. 13, 2021 1:31 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Marijuana sales in Colorado in November pushed the industry's annual revenue over $2 billion for the first time since cannabis was legalized for recreational use by a 2012 ballot measure. Recreational and medical sales for marijuana accounted for about $175 million of revenue in November,...

Colorado high school graduation rate hit high mark in 2020

Jan. 12, 2021 4:54 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s graduation rate reached its highest level in a decade with the Class of 2020, despite school closures and disruptions caused by the pandemic. The Colorado Department of Education on Tuesday said 81.9% of high school seniors, or 55,220 students, graduated from public and...

Colorado Supreme Court revamps common-law marriage rules

Jan. 11, 2021 7:52 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court has changed the way common-law marriage is legally defined to allow for more inclusion of same-sex couples. A trio of opinions issued Monday update the state's three-decade-old legal standard to better reflect today’s societal norms, The Denver Post reports....