Bente Birkeland

State Capitol Reporter

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.




Fri April 6, 2012

Capitol Conversation: Criminal Justice Bills Spark Heated Debate

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There have been a host of bills during the legislative session focusing on criminal justice. Many of these measures have been controversial and sparked heated debate amongst lawmakers.

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Wed April 4, 2012

What’s In a Name? Plenty If You’re A College

Colorado’s four-year public colleges will soon be a rarity. That’s because most colleges don’t want to be colleges any more, and are asking the legislature to change their names. 

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Fri March 30, 2012

Lawmakers Overcome Budget Stumbling Block


After a heated debate over proposed cuts to state agencies, lawmakers on the joint budget reached a compromise on Thursday. 

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Wed March 28, 2012

Revamp of Governor’s Energy Office Passes First Test

A bill to reorganize the Governor’s Energy Office and expand its mission to include the promotion of oil and gas development alongside clean energy cleared its first hurdle at the capitol on Wednesday. Governor John Hickenlooper supports the change, but other Democrats are wary.

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Tue March 27, 2012