Latest Colorado State General Assembly News

Sweeping fentanyl bill caps Colorado lawmakers' 2022 session

May. 12, 2022 01:46 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Democratic-led Legislature capped its 2022 session Wednesday by passing a bill designed to confront the fentanyl crisis by giving prosecutors more room to pursue felony convictions while providing substantial support and treatment services. With fentanyl...

Nebraska law will advance proposed Colorado canal project

Apr. 18, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a law Monday that will allow the state to move forward with plans to build a canal in Colorado to divert water out of the South Platte River because of fears about Colorado's increased water use. Ricketts proposed the canal...

Nebraska lawmakers approve proposed Colorado canal project

Apr. 12, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to a bill that would let the state build a canal in Colorado to divert water out of the South Platte River, a project steeped in fears about the Denver area's growing water consumption. Lawmakers passed the measure...

Colorado lawmakers pass bill making Juneteenth state holiday

Apr. 11, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers have passed a bill designating Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S., as an official state holiday, and Gov. Jared Polis is expected to sign it. The House on Monday overwhelming passed legislation recognizing the June 19 paid...

Colorado lawmakers advance bill to protect elections workers

Apr. 07, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado legislative panel advanced a bill Thursday to add protections for elections workers after hearing disturbing testimony about escalating threats that have prompted many to quit or take security training so they feel safe in their public-service work. State...

Colorado lawmakers tackle budget; crime, climate top issues

Mar. 30, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers this week are debating a proposed $36.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 with increased spending on public safety, climate change and education. It's a record sum boosted by strong revenues generated by a recovering economy. ...

Nebraska budget measure advances through initial vote

Mar. 22, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave initial approval Tuesday to a state budget bill that includes $53.5 million to lay the groundwork for a canal project to divert water out of Colorado, plus millions of dollars for other projects around the state. The budget measure...

Colorado Senate hopeful 'argumentative' with police at party

Mar. 18, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Gino Campana, a developer who is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Colorado, was warned by police that he risked being arrested for obstruction after he became argumentative with them about being cited for a noise violation during his daughter's high school...

Cash for grass: Colorado bill would pay to abandon lawns

Mar. 12, 2022 10:14 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Facing a historic megadrought all across the American West with no end in sight, Colorado lawmakers, looking for easy and effective ways to conserve water, set their sights on Kentucky Blue Grass. Not just Kentucky Blue Grass but all kinds of non-native grasses...

Colorado lawmakers advance abortion rights measure

Mar. 10, 2022 15:14 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado House committee has advanced a Democrat-sponsored bill to add the right to abortion to state law in response to efforts in other states to limit access to abortion and a potential reversal of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Colorado allows...