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Two bills intended to fix an inadvertent error made in a law passed by the Colorado General Assembly in the 2017 regular session were both killed by the Senate Transportation Committee, with a 3-2 Republican majority citing constitutional concerns over what Democrats said was a quick, easy fix.

Legislation introduced Tuesday to permit independent liquor stores to amass more than twice as many licenses as last year’s landmark compromise allows has groups representing smaller merchants warning the move will devastate Colorado’s mom-and-pop retail landscape, but the bill’s sponsors and supporters say it’s simply an attempt to level the playing field.

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, showing clear signs his race for CD3 has tightened in recent weeks, continues to aggressively call out former state Sen. Gail Schwartz for her comments and ads accusing Tipton of seeking to sell off federally owned public lands. Schwartz charges Tipton has sold out to coal mining and oil and gas companies and wants to transfer public lands to state or private ownership in order to increase domestic fossil fuel production. Schwartz, a Crested Butte Democrat who previously worked in ski-area design, favors preserving public lands to boost the outdoor recreation industry. “If we’re talking about outdoor recreation and protecting those public lands, let’s look at the Hermosa Creek bill that I had signed into law, that we were able to pass through a Republican-controlled Congress to be able to create those opportunities down in La Plata County,” Tipton said on a press call last month.

A proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor is causing great concern among local governments and the education community — and it should. The changes, if implemented, will result in a reduction in services and benefits provided to employees, students, and taxpayers. My conclusion comes from decades of personal experience in local government and education. I spent eight years representing Colorado’s 32nd district as a state legislator, where I chaired the House Finance Committee. For the last four years I served as a trustee for Adams State University and am on the council for the City of Thornton. With local governments and schools already working with tight budgets, many cannot afford to pay employees overtime.