Bill forcing detailed disclosure in out-of-Colorado prison transfers — sparked by Aurora theater shooter — gets first nod

A bipartisan measure that would require Colorado prison officials to disclose to victims and prosecutors the whereabouts of inmates relocated out of state — except for in limited situations involving a safety risk — received an initial nod of approval Monday at the Capitol. Inspired by victim uproar about the hidden movement of the imprisoned Aurora theater shooter, Senate Bill 14 would require the Colorado Department of Corrections to issue

Colorado lawmakers look to bolster consumer protections after Equifax breach

In the wake of last year’s Equifax security breach, Colorado lawmakers in both parties are looking to crack down on companies that collect and store personal information that could be used by identity thieves. Mass hacks of private consumer data, such as Social Security and credit card numbers, birth dates and addresses have become commonplace in recent years, none more potentially damaging than the Equifax breach, which was made public in

Puffy jackets and poinsettias: Gifts to Denver council members from DIA and other city offices draw ethics scrutiny

Freebies flow regularly into Denver City Council offices from city departments and agencies, but most members gave little thought to accepting the mugs, commemorative items, city-grown holiday poinsettia plants, branded clothing and more valuable gifts that have come their way. That has changed in the wake of a recent advisory opinion issued by the Denver Board of Ethics that called the practice into question. The appointed five-member panel advised council

Here’s how a federal government shutdown could affect Colorado — from federal workers to research to parks

WASHINGTON — Colorado braced Friday for the possibility of a government shutdown as lawmakers on Capitol Hill appeared no closer to reaching a deal before a late-Friday night deadline. The most immediate impact on Colorado — as with the rest of the country — would be the furlough of thousands of federal workers whose jobs are deemed non-essential by the administration. Excluding the U.S. Department of Defense, there are at

Responding to #MeToo, Colorado Democratic Party looks to combat sexual assault on the campaign trail

The questions about a pervasive culture of sexual harassment in Colorado’s political arena are prompting the state Democratic Party to review its workplace policies and candidate training, an effort that dovetails with an ongoing review at the state Capitol. Democratic Party Chairwoman Morgan Carroll is expected to announce Friday the creation of a panel that will make recommendations about how to combat “sexual harassment and assault on the campaign trail.”

Wait list of adults with severe disabilities who need services is growing in Colorado

It has been four years since the legislature ordered Colorado’s Medicaid department to create a plan to keep people with developmental disabilities from waiting months or even years for services. Yet the list of adults waiting for that help has only gotten longer, now at 2,915 people compared with 2,081 people in 2015, according to a legislative briefing Thursday. “We should be reducing the wait list,” Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley,

Bill that would keep Colorado law enforcement from encrypting all their radio traffic fails, but not before sparking debate

A bill seeking stop Colorado law enforcement from encrypting, and therefore hiding, all of their emergency radio communications met its demise Thursday but sparked a debate about the public’s right to know — pitting journalists against police agencies as it went down. Even as members of the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee rejected the measure brought by state Rep. Kevin Van Winkle, a Highlands Ranch Republican, they raised concern about

State Rep. Steve Lebsock faces a third formal sexual harassment complaint

A former legislative aide has filed a formal complaint against Colorado state Rep. Steve Lebsock alleging sexual harassment, the third leveled against the Democratic lawmaker and state treasurer candidate. Cassie Tanner came forward in November to tell The Denver Post that Lebsock unbuttoned her shirt at a political event in March 2015, but she did not filed a complaint with House leadership until Tuesday. Lebsock, a three-term lawmaker from Thornton, has denied

In Colorado treasurer’s race, Steve Lebsock’s fundraising dries up in wake of sexual harassment scandal

A new Republican candidate out-raised the rest of the Colorado state treasurer’s field combined in the last quarterly campaign finance reports, while a Democratic lawmaker’s fundraising dried up in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. According to the latest filings, which covered the final quarter of 2017, state Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, received the most recent contribution in his run for state treasurer on Oct. 17 — three weeks before

Democratic challenger expands cash advantage over Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams

Jim Anderson, The Associated PressColorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has projected confidence that voters will give him a second term in November, but leading Democratic opponent Jena Griswold expanded her fundraising advantage over him in the latest finance reports. After raising nearly $58,400 in the final three months of 2017, Griswold, a Louisville attorney, ended the year with $114,538 in the bank, according

Rising cost of living emerges as key issue at Colorado Statehouse — but parties are far apart on solutions

Colorado’s mile-high cost of living is emerging as a key issue for lawmakers in the 2018 legislative session — but so far, the two parties are prescribing vastly different remedies. To Democrats, government should be doing more to alleviate the middle-class crunch with funding for new social programs and affordable housing. “We have a responsibility to hardworking Coloradans to actually do something,” said Rep. Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, “not just

Colorado considering a ban on bump stocks like the ones used in Las Vegas shooting

Colorado lawmakers are considering whether to ban bump stocks like the one used by a Las Vegas gunman in October to rain fire on a country music concert that killed 58 people and left hundreds injured. The uphill legislative effort rekindles a heated debate about gun regulations in a state with a legacy of high-profile mass shootings and mirrors an effort in Denver to impose a local ban on the

Colorado lawmakers on course to fix pot-tax glitch that hit RTD and led to doomed special session

Three months ago, a special legislative session to fix a mistake Colorado lawmakers made regarding pot taxes disintegrated into partisan finger-pointing and blame. Now, with a new session underway, the discord is mostly resolved and the legislation to allow special districts to collect a voter-approved tax on recreational marijuana sales — one that lawmakers inadvertently repealed in May — is poised for easy passage. “We have a new solution,” said

Top statehouse Republican’s bill resurfaces controversy over LGBT advocate’s appointment by Colorado governor

The top Republican in the statehouse is sponsoring a bill that pits him against Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper over executive power and continues a heated controversy from last year’s legislative session over an LGBT advocate on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The measure being brought by Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, would bar any gubernatorial board or commission appointee from continuing to serve on a respective panel or being nominated again for the

Study finds Great Outdoors Colorado gives state $507 million economic boost

Grants from Colorado Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado directly supported 11,800 jobs, providing $507 million in labor income and, by protecting land and water and open space for recreation, helped spur $392 million in spending on sporting goods over the past decade, a new study finds. Launched by voters in 1992, GOCO has sent more than $917 million of lottery proceeds to 4,700 open-space projects, including creation or restoration of 900 miles

Colorado Democrats denounce Trump’s “shithole” comments while honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. with a resolution

Colorado Democratic lawmakers — against the backdrop of a statehouse resolution honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. — denounced President Donald Trump on Friday for reportedly referring to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries,” saying such comments run counter to everything the civil rights icon stood for. During a meeting with congressional lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office, according to news reports, the Republican president questioned why the U.S. would accept

“Giddy up!”: Hickenlooper urges lawmakers to back investment in roads, education and rural Colorado in final State of the State

In his final state of the state address, Gov. John Hickenlooper touted seven years of economic growth that saw Colorado lifted from the depths of the Great Recession to become one of the nation’s most vibrant economies — even as difficult challenges from road congestion to the growing urban-rural divide remain unaddressed. The term-limited Democrat was reflective as he begins his eighth year in office, recalling the toll that the

Full text of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s final State of the State speech

The following are Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s prepared remarks for his final State of the State speech. The Democrat’s actual speech could vary.  At a time when shouting seems to have replaced talking, and insults have replaced ideas, I want to start by honoring the men and women who join me in this chamber, and all those who have made it their life’s work to serve the people of Colorado

Larimer County Democratic party official asked to resign after sexist social media post

The Larimer County Democratic Party has asked a party official to resign after she made a social media post that has been criticized for sexually objectifying a Colorado State Senate candidate. “Ralph (Trenary) is more than a pretty set of bare legs with no substance above them. … He actually has real data and knowledge behind current events and issues that are important to Northern Colorado citizens,” Carla Massaro, the

Gov. John Hickenlooper gives his final State of the State address Thursday. Here’s what he’s expected to say.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivers his final State of the State address Thursday, and he will use the moment to define his legacy and offer a vision for the future. The term-limited Democrat is expected to focus on the state’s economic success in the seven years since he took office and outline the steps he believes are necessary to maintain the momentum, such as major investments in roads and the