Colorado Legislature


Mon January 2, 2012

Legislative Leadership Series: Brandon Shaffer

Colorado State Senate

State lawmakers convene their annual legislative session on January 11th. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with four key House and Senate leaders to talk about their expectations and priorities for the upcoming session. Today's spotlight is on Senate President, Democrat Brandon Shaffer.

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Fri December 30, 2011

New State Law Axes Ag Exemption

P.M. Graham Flickr: Creative Commons

At midnight on January 1st, Coloradans will have a few new laws to contend with. One eliminates tax breaks for small properties classified as agricultural that are, in fact, residential homes.

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Thu December 22, 2011

Governor Outlines Session Priorities

Courtesy of the State of Colorado

State lawmakers reconvene next month for their annual legislative session. Colorado Public Radio’s Ryan Warner recently spoke with Governor John Hickenlooper about his goals for the session what impact reapportionment may have in the legislative process…


Sun December 18, 2011

Governor, Lawmakers Outline Priorities for Upcoming Legislative Session

Colorado’s legislative leaders talked about job growth and cutting government red tape in their annual forum previewing the upcoming legislative session. Lawmakers also pledged to put the partisan rancor of congressional and statehouse redistricting behind them. KUNC’s State Capitol report Bente Birkeland examines how things will likely play out with fellow state house reporters.


Tue December 13, 2011

State Grapples with Court's Education Decision

Colorado’s attorney general and the Governor are deciding whether to appeal a trial court decision that says state funding for K through 12 schools is inadequate and unconstitutional. And while education advocates praise the decision calling it a wakeup call, as Bente Birkeland reports, many are also wondering what’s next and how the state can fix the problem.