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JBC finalizes bipartisan state budget

PAGOSA DAILY POST The Joint Budget Committee voted yesterday to finalize the bipartisan FY19-20 Colorado State Budget, securing more than $300 million for transportation funding, which begins on July 1, 2019. The budget now heads to both the Senate and House for approval of the Conference Committee report. Once approved, it will head to Governor

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Bill tries to close sex-predator loophole

By Charles Ashby THE DAILY SENTINEL Sexual predators who use social media to lure teenagers would face felony charges under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Monday. House Bill 1030 was initially introduced to deal with cases such as one in Moffat County last year. There, Moffat County High School

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‘Tough trade-offs’ ahead in state budget

By John Herrick COLORADO INDEPENDENT Gov. Jared Polis stood in the Greenlee Elementary School library to announce that free, all-day kindergarten — his No. 1 campaign promise — was on its way to reality. “Every single child deserves a strong start,” the governor said late last week as he was flanked by lawmakers, educators and

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Marijuana bills introduced in Colorado

By Thomas Mitchell WESTWORD We’re over two months into Colorado’s 2019 legislative session, and pot proposals have been creating plenty of buzz at the State Capitol. While bills to provide medical marijuana patients with firearms rights and altered-state DUI laws regarding marijuana use are as good as dead, measures that would expand medical marijuana access, allow pot delivery and set up social consumption

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Sexting bill passes another House committee

By Clay Thorp CRAIG PRESS A state bill that seeks to close a gap allowing adults to “sext” or send sexually explicit text messages to minors passed the Colorado House’s Judiciary Committee late Thursday night, March 14. In an email Friday, the bill’s sponsor Rep. Matt Soper (R-Delta) said HB19-1030 is heading “to the House floor

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