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CBO: Senate healthcare bill leaves 22M fewer insured by 2026, but more deficit-friendly than House’s

DENVER – The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the Senate’s health care bill will leave 22 million people who currently have insurance under the Affordable Care Act without it over the next 10 years—a slight improvement on the 23 million people who would lose insurance under the House version of the bill scored in […]

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It’s hot car season, but Colorado’s new Good Samaritan law won’t take effect until August

DENVER – The Colorado Legislature made a new law this year protecting people who break into hot cars to rescue at-risk people and animals, but you could still risk punishment if you do so, as summer will be more than halfway over before the law goes into effect. Temperatures are expected to reach near-record-breaking levels […]

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New marijuana growing rules taking hold in Colorado by start of next year: what you need to know

DENVER – Colorado law enforcement and marijuana growers will have to make some adjustments regarding marijuana growing in the state over the next six months, as two new laws aimed at reducing illegal marijuana cultivation and dealing will take effect. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills last week aimed directly at cutting down on high […]

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Colorado’s Republican House Minority Leader seemingly uses congressman’s shooting to raise money

DENVER – Colorado’s Republican House Minority Leader is under fire for what some are saying was a thinly-veiled attempt to raise money for a conservative political action committee off of Wednesday’s shooting of a U.S. congressmen, several aides and police officers. Denver Daily Beast contributor Dave Maney first raised the issue, tweeting out an email […]

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After years-long fight, Colorado approves medical marijuana treatment for PTSD

DENVER – Coloradans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will now be able to treat their conditions with doctor-approved medical marijuana, bringing a close to a years-long fight. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17 Monday, which will allow physicians, after consultation and a medical background review, to prescribe patients suffering from doctor-diagnosed PTSD with medical […]

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Criminal justice bills will become law without Hickenlooper’s signature; ‘budget transparency’ cited

DENVER – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will allow two criminal justice reform bills passed by the state Legislature to become law without his signature, saying he had “concerns that the bill’s full and true impact on the state budget was not fully transparent.” Hickenlooper sent letters to the Republican-controlled Senate Tuesday informing them Senate Bill […]

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Colorado governor signs bill allowing women to get 12-month birth control prescriptions

DENVER – Colorado women will now be able to get a year’s supply of birth control all at once after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1186 Monday. The bill passed through Colorado’s Legislature with bipartisan support. Its supporters say the new law will be a boon to women since it will mean they’ll have […]

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Federal lawsuit argues Amendment 71, requiring rural input on ballot measures, is unconstitutional

DENVER – A handful of ballot measure proponents have filed a federal lawsuit arguing that Amendment 71, which changed the way constitutional amendments can reach Colorado’s ballot when it was approved by voters last year, violates the U.S. and Colorado constitutions. The lawsuit is the first legal challenge to Amendment 71, which despite being among […]

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Colorado Hospital Association: State budget puts dozens of Colo. hospitals in jeopardy

DENVER – The Colorado Hospital Association says the state budget for the fiscal year that starts this summer could cost state hospitals millions of dollars and have “devastating” effects on rural health care if a proposed fix doesn’t find support in the state Legislature. The state budget has been the subject of most of the […]

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In ode to Trump, Colo. House passes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns

DENVER – Colorado Democrats are trying to send a message to Donald Trump and any future presidential or vice presidential candidates: show us your tax returns or you won’t be on Colorado’s ballot. House Bill 1328 passed the House Friday on a partisan vote – just as it did when it passed the House Finance […]

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