For the first time in 14 years, both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly will consider eliminating the civil statute of limitations for childhood victims of sexual abuse — and, for that matter, a range of sexual misconduct against children and adults.

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A new bill that passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on a party-line vote Wednesday aims to make sure the Affordable Care Act and the insurance it provides remains in effect in Colorado, regardless of efforts by Republicans at the national level.

Joey Bunch: "Armed with optimism and ideas, advocates for the state’s aging population want Colorado policymakers to wake up and build a berm against the rising tide of retirees, when they're taking out more from the public coffers than they're putting in."

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Charter schools may have sprung from bipartisan roots, but they're now mired in a heated debate. From the gold dome in Denver to the nation's capital, charter schools remain both a solution and a problem chewed on with relish by politicians, and a quagmire that vexes policymakers on the left and right.

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Opponents of the bill offered tearful and heart-rending testimony during debate that went into early hours Tuesday. An attempt to let the bill be amended so voters could decide the issue failed.

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Attorney General Phil Weiser testified in support on Monday of a bill that would create a pretrial release screening process in each judicial district in a way that minimizes race, ethnicity or gender bias, and lessens dependence on cash bail.

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Stephanie Luck formally announced her candidacy on Saturday to be the Republican candidate for state House District 47.

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Rep. Betty Neale, who died Oct. 12, 2018, at the age of 91, served 18 years in the House, from 1975 to 1992, and was the first woman to hold the title of Speaker Pro Tem, in her last two years in the House.

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Joey Bunch: "We educate children to take on the future, agreed? That shouldn't mean they should have to take on four years of crushing college debt for a degree that might not support the loan payments, a new family and a mortgage."

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Wheat Ridge City Council member Rachel Hultin, former Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan and entrepreneur Aaron Bailey also threw their support behind Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and the current leader in delegates after the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

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Senate Bill 77 directed public utilities to file with the PUC an application detailing how they would support vehicle electrification, which the commission would evaluate against safety, reliability, air quality standards, and the accessibility provided to low-income customers.

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Supporters will talk with legislators from 10 a.m. to noon at the Capitol in Denver. Last year's event drew more than 300 people, said One Colorado, the state's largest LGBTQ advocacy organization.

A key piece of the Democrats' agenda to lower drug prices got out of House Health and Insurance Committee Tuesday on a party-line vote. House Bill 1160 aims to probe the reasons behind price increases and to make sure rebates collected by industry middle men are redirected to consumers.

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House lawmakers took the next step to repeal Colorado's death penalty law, voting along party lines to send Senate Bill 100 to the full House for debate.

The letter dated Jan. 22, provided to Colorado Politics Tuesday, speaks of a "true crisis" in every corner of the state and urges the General Assembly to deliver affordability, transparency and access to care through the insurance marketplace.