Latest Colorado state government News

State report finds excessive Colorado hospital profits

Jan. 23, 2020 6:17 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado hospitals’ per-patient profits reached their highest levels in a decade in 2018, according to a state report released Thursday that comes amid mounting industry opposition to a public health insurance option. Hospitals earned an average per-patient profit of $1,518 in 2018,...

Officials welcome return of wolves to northwest Colorado

Jan. 23, 2020 2:37 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials found evidence of at least six wolves in the state's northwest region, a second indication of a return by the animals after a long absence, officials said. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement Wednesday confirming the Colorado Parks and Wildlife discovery...

Colorado energy company to pay $3.5M in air pollution case

Jan. 22, 2020 12:13 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Federal and state authorities reached a $3.5 million settlement with a Colorado energy company to resolve alleged violations of air quality laws, officials said. Denver-based oil and gas producer KP Kauffman Company Inc. has agreed to pay $1 million and spend $2.5 million more improving...

Attorneys challenge Oklahoma redistricting initiative

Jan. 21, 2020 5:25 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An initiative petition that seeks to prevent partisan gerrymandering of legislative districts is unconstitutional because it contains multiple subjects and should be thrown out, an attorney argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The petition seeking a public vote on whether...

Colorado legislator has baby, eyes quick return to session

Jan. 21, 2020 4:10 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado lawmaker who gave birth during the legislative session said she plans to return to the Capitol as soon as possible to take votes on the floor. State Sen. Brittany Pettersen gave birth to Davis James Silverii on Sunday, The Colorado Sun reported. The Lakewood Democrat is expected to...

Colorado deputy charged with recklessly driving prisoner van

Jan. 20, 2020 5:52 PM EST

A Colorado sheriff's deputy who was pulled over by state troopers while driving three prisoners in a transport van has been charged with traffic offenses including reckless endangerment, authorities said Monday. Denver Sheriff Department Deputy James Grimes was charged following an investigation into the alleged...

Colorado lawmakers: Toughen workplace harassment protections

Jan. 20, 2020 11:22 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — A proposal to rewrite Colorado’s rules for workplace harassment claims is expected to be introduced soon at the state capitol. It would change things for employers by limiting the use of confidentiality agreements in court, and potentially make businesses liable even if a person...

Latino Caucus numbers, influence growing at Colorado Capitol

Jan. 18, 2020 11:07 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado General Assembly’s Latino Caucus is the largest in state history, and its members have ambitious plans for the 2020 session. There are now 13 members in the group that's only open to Democrats. Their growing influence was illustrated by last year's election of Leroy Garcia...

GOP State. Rep. Susan Beckman joining Trump administration

Jan. 17, 2020 2:55 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado state Rep. Susan Beckman, a suburban Denver Republican, is resigning to take a position with the Donald Trump administration. Beckman, of Littleton, announced her resignation on Friday. She did not immediately disclose her new position. An administration announcement was pending. A...

Colorado budget writers seek millions in undisclosed funds

Jan. 17, 2020 2:01 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — After former Gov. John Hickenlooper came under fire for how he spent money from a little-known account in his office, KCNC-TV has learned there are similar accounts throughout state government that hold millions of taxpayer dollars. The money in the accounts comes from sources like federal...