Latest Colorado state government News

Polis rules out AG probe into fatal police shooting of teen

Nov. 21, 2019 7:08 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis says he won’t order an independent investigation into the case of a black teenager who was fatally shot during a foot chase with Colorado Springs police. The Colorado Sun reported Thursday that Polis’ decision comes a week after a grand jury determined two...

Former Colorado governor’s attorney paid with public funds

Nov. 21, 2019 4:59 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A private attorney for former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper has been paid using taxpayer money from a federal fund meant for post-9/11 economic assistance. The Denver Post reported Denver attorney Mark Grueskin was appointed “special assistant attorney general” in October...

Colorado labor department: Unemployment rate at historic low

Nov. 20, 2019 11:35 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment says the state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate has fallen to a historic low. The Denver Post reported Wednesday that the 2.6% rate is the lowest measured in a series going back to 1976. The department says the measurement in...

Colorado justices approve medical marijuana during probation

Nov. 18, 2019 8:34 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled people may use medical marijuana while serving probation. KMGH-TV reports the state’s highest court issued the ruling Monday. The justices approved an exception for prosecutors to show evidence that using the drug would run counter to achieving the...

Attorney General announces alliance to address hate crimes

Nov. 18, 2019 5:09 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and members of a coalition fighting hate crimes said Monday they have teamed up to try to increase reporting of hate crimes and train law enforcement how to handle and prosecute such cases. Weiser was joined by representatives of the Anti-Defamation...

Colorado appeals court upheld sanctions against prosecutors

Nov. 14, 2019 4:44 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado appeals court has ruled that the decision to dismiss a negligent homicide charge would stand against prosecutors in the Noe Gamez-Ruiz case. KCNC-TV reports that the state Court of Appeals has ruled unanimously Thursday that sanctions should stand against Arapahoe County...

Colorado governor vows to fight for DACA recipients

Nov. 14, 2019 4:23 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis vowed Thursday to fight for thousands of immigrants who live and work in Colorado as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case that could end an Obama-era program protecting them from the threat of deportation. Pressed by reporters on a conference call, the Democratic governor...

Colorado governor’s $34.5B budget emphasizes education

Nov. 13, 2019 6:53 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis proposed a $34.5 billion state budget Wednesday for the next fiscal year, once again emphasizing early and higher education investments and seeking to increase rainy-day reserves. Polis presented his request to the Joint Budget Committee, which will craft a balanced...

Colorado Supreme Court considers gun magazine limit

Nov. 13, 2019 5:55 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Gun rights groups are urging the Colorado Supreme Court to follow guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the state’s ban on gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. In arguments before the state court Wednesday, the groups’ lawyer, Barry Arrington, said that since...

Agency sues Colorado pharmacy board for prescription data

Nov. 12, 2019 4:36 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The federal Drug Enforcement Administration is seeking access to Colorado's prescription information in a lawsuit sparking a dispute over privacy. The Colorado Sun reported Monday that the DEA's lawsuit filed in federal court in Denver requests data from the State Board of Pharmacy's database...