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.

 

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3:23pm

Thu February 16, 2012
Politics

Bill Banning Local Oil and Gas Regulations Fails

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A Republican bill to ban local governments from regulating the oil and gas industry failed in a senate committee on a 4 to 1 vote.

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8:05am

Thu February 16, 2012
Politics

Civil Union Measure Clears First Legislative Committee

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A bill that would allow civil unions in Colorado cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday. After a lengthy debate, the measure passed the senate judiciary committee on a bi-partisan vote.

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6:00am

Tue February 14, 2012
Politics

State Lawmakers to Debate Civil Unions Measure

Jason Prussman, Jason Cobb, and Jacobb Prussman.
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The state senate will take up a measure this week on whether to allow civil unions in Colorado. A similar bill failed last year in the Republican controlled house by a single vote. 

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8:46am

Sun February 12, 2012
Politics

Capitol Conversation: What Santorum’s Caucus Wins Means for Colorado Republicans

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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum upended Colorado’s political establishment by winning last week’s Republican caucus, beating front-runner Mitt Romney. It was a move that most never saw coming.

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6:38am

Tue February 7, 2012
Politics

Lawmakers Defeat Fracking Bills

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A pair of Democratic bills aimed at reducing the impacts from hydraulic fracturing failed in a house local government committee on Monday. Each faced stiff opposition from members in both parties.

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