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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3:49pm

Tue March 8, 2011
Budget

Governor Wants to Consolidate Departments to Save Money, Parks

Governor John Hickenlooper
Kirk Siegler

Governor John Hickenlooper wants to consolidate the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation into a new division. He says doing so will more than just streamline government within the Department of Natural Resources.

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8:35am

Tue March 8, 2011
Politics

Civil Unions Bill Passes First Hurdle at State Capitol

Creative Commons

A bill that would create civil unions cleared its first hurdle in the state house on Monday. Supporters say it's a major step forward to create equal rights under the law for same sex couples. But opponents worry it would undermine the traditional family unit.

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6:30am

Mon March 7, 2011

5:05pm

Sun March 6, 2011
Captiol Conversation

Capitol Conversation

Creative Commons

A bill to allow civil unions in Colorado gets its first hearing in the state Senate on Monday. The measure would give same sex couples the equivalent legal protections as heterosexual couples. It touches on issues such as division of assets, hospital visitation, and end of life decision making.

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8:56am

Fri March 4, 2011
Politics

Democrats Eye Back Taxes to Fill Budget Gap

Lawmakers want to entice people to pay their back taxes to help fill part of the state's budget shortfall. A Democrat-backed tax amnesty bill would waive penalties and fines if people come forward and pay up. But while that idea is popular on both sides of the aisle, another provision in the bill isn't.

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