Bente Birkeland http://aspenpublicradio.org en Colorado Telecom Overhaul Moves Forward http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/colorado-telecom-overhaul-moves-forward Even in 2014 many parts of Colorado are still not connected to the Internet and if they are it’s not at high speeds. A package of bills to reform and update Colorado’s telecommunications industry has cleared its first committee at the state capitol.<p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:07:43 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16109 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Colorado Telecom Overhaul Moves Forward Cigarette Restriction Bill Goes Up In Smoke http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/cigarette-restriction-bill-goes-smoke A bill to increase the smoking age in Colorado to 21 failed in the house finance committee Wednesday. One Democrat joined with Republicans to defeat the measure.<p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:17:14 +0000 Bente Birkeland 15806 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Cigarette Restriction Bill Goes Up In Smoke Positive Forecast Gives Colorado Budget Some Wiggle Room http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/positive-forecast-gives-colorado-budget-some-wiggle-room Colorado lawmakers learned Tuesday that the state’s economy is stronger than expected. That means they’ll have more money to spend in the 2015 budget.<p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:13:02 +0000 Bente Birkeland 15729 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Positive Forecast Gives Colorado Budget Some Wiggle Room Taking A Tally At The Colorado Legislative Midpoint http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/taking-tally-colorado-legislative-midpoint Colorado’s 2014 legislative session is already halfway over. So far lawmakers have tackled a whole host of issues – everything from gun law repeals to wildfire and flood related measures.<p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:46:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 15330 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Taking A Tally At The Colorado Legislative Midpoint Colorado Democrats Strike Down Background Check Repeal http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/colorado-democrats-strike-down-background-check-repeal The gun debate that riveted the state capitol in 2013, once again took center stage Monday. Fewer people came to the capitol to testify on a key gun bill than the last round, but emotions were still strong.<p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:01:15 +0000 Bente Birkeland 13803 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Colorado Democrats Strike Down Background Check Repeal