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Alliance Colorado names Zenzinger top lawmaker

By Joey Bunch COLORADO POLITICS State Sen. Rachel Zenzinger has been named legislator of the year by Alliance Colorado. The alliance is a nonprofit organization that serves and advocates for people with developmental disabilities. The annual award recognizes those lawmakers “who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to Coloradans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the community

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Colorado’s kindergarten landscape will even out

By Christopher Osher THE COLORADO SUN A decade ago, when Colorado officials surveyed school districts about then-Gov. Bill Ritter’s big idea to put full-day kindergarten in every school, support wasn’t unanimous. School administrators in Telluride, one of the state’s wealthier resort towns, were dismissive of the full-day kindergarten priority from the governor back then, according to

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Where does Colorado’s marijuana tax money go?

By Jesse Paul THE COLORADO SUN Marijuana sales tax collection since recreational sales began in 2014 in May surpassed $1 billion, Colorado officials said Wednesday. That’s a major milestone for a burgeoning industry, which has sold more than $6.5 billion in that time period. Colorado now has almost 3,000 licensed marijuana businesses and more than

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Jeffco School consider updating LGBTQ policies

By Kati Weis CHALKBEAT Supporters of stronger LGBTQ policies waited together for six hours to explain why the Jefferson County Public Schools board should update its anti-discrimination practices. In small groups at the microphone, they made their case. “I do feel like the policies could be updated,” said Lisa Lee, a Jeffco teacher who is

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Transportation funding, what Coloradans really need

By Shoshana Lew THE DENVER POST As this year’s legislative session came to a close, I was proud of the progress Gov. Jared Polis’ administration has made to improve Coloradans’ lives and our economy, like universal, free full-day kindergarten; landmark measures to reduce health care costs; embracing our renewable energy future; and investing in Colorado’s

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Colorado’s sexting bill signed into law

By Clay Thorp CRAIG DAILY PRESS It took a trial and subsequent acquittal of a Moffat County School District teacher followed by months of bumps in the legislative road along the way, but Colorado’s sexting bill was finally signed into law on Monday, May 6 by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. The bill’s passage closes a

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Legislature moves transportation bond issue to 2020

By Jackie Mitchell BALLOTPEDIA NEWS On May 2, 2019, the Colorado state legislature gave final approval to Senate Bill 263, which moved a legislatively referred bond issue from the 2019 ballot to the 2020 ballot. The bond issue was designed to authorize the state to issue transportation revenue anticipation notes (TRANs)—a specific type of bond debt—in

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