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Hospital facility fees, according to those who oppose them, are hidden charges and unfair to consumers who get hit with those costs months after their outpatient medical treatments, and which can run into thousands of dollars. One witness likened the fees in a House committee hearing Friday … Continue Reading Bill to ban hospital facilities fees gets heated hearing, moves on

They came by the hundreds — parents, students, gun violence prevention advocates — to the state Capitol on Thursday, the day after a 17-year-old allegedly opened fire on two administrators at East High, barely a mile from the state Capitol. Continue Reading Colorado legislators hear from East High students pressing for action after shooting

Alexander Cisneros spent Wednesday morning in lockdown after one of his classmates at East High School allegedly shot two faculty members. Seven hours later, he spent the evening advocating for gun safety in front of the Colorado legislature.  Continue Reading East High School student testifies on gun bills hours after school shooting

In January 2020, two Larimer County sisters ages 14 and 16 were sitting in a parking lot eating a snack after school when a strange man drove up to them. The man raised his pelvis to his window and exposed his genitals to the girls, masturbating in front of them.  Continue Reading Colorado lawmakers target indecent exposure in front of children

A legislative effort to impose felony penalties on those who deal a variety of drugs that result in a deadly overdose won a narrow vote to pass out of the state Senate in an emotional day for one of its sponsors. Continue Reading Ramping up penalties for drug dealing resulting in death splits Senate Democrats, wins narrow approval

As Colorado Springs sees hundreds of thousands of dollars pour into the mayoral and City Council races, the General Assembly is considering a cap on donations from individuals and committees giving to candidates in municipal elections across Colorado.  Continue Reading Colorado lawmakers consider caps on city race donations, as big money flows in Colorado Springs elections

Rep. Regina English’s bill to prohibit corporal punishment in schools and child care centers cleared the House this week — but not before she battled it out with fellow lawmakers from the Colorado Springs delegation.  Continue Reading Colorado Springs lawmakers clash over banning corporal punishment in schools | FOCUS ON THE SPRINGS

The March revenue forecast — key for legislators who will craft the Colorado state government's spending priorities in the upcoming fiscal year — shows modest improvements from December, but warning signs exists for a possible recession, reduced revenue collections and the effects of inflati… Continue Reading With inflation, possibility of recession, economists see tight outlook for Colorado's state budget

A task force studying the gaps in services if policymakers raise the minimum age that Colorado children can be charged with crimes released its final report, recommending a slew of changes to mitigate potential impacts.  Continue Reading Colorado report explores gaps in services if children can't be criminally charged until 13

The bill would make any statements obtained by juveniles during custodial interrogations inadmissible in court if law enforcement knowingly presented untruthful information to the juvenile during the interrogation. Continue Reading Colorado lawmakers advance bill to prevent police from lying to minors during interrogations

Supporters argue the legislation would save lives and help prevent young people from committing violence using a gun, while critics say the package of gun bills Democrat are pushing for would turn law-abiding citizens into criminals.    Continue Reading Colorado Senate OKs bill to raise age to buy firearms to 21, approves 2 other gun bills

A panel of lawmakers approved, on a party-line vote, a bill intended to fix issues with the Colorado Option, the state-designed health insurance program that launched its first open enrollment period late last year. Continue Reading House panel OKs changes to Colorado Option, raises questions about unfair competitive advantage

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Colorado Republicans on Saturday elected Dave Williams, a former state lawmaker from Colorado Springs who insists that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election, to lead the state party for the next two years. Continue Reading Colorado Republicans elect Dave Williams to lead state party for next two years