Colorado Legislature

APR Local News
7:56 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Health Care, Budget, Wildfire: The Dwindling Weeks Of Colorado's Legislative Session

State Senator Gail Schwartz will introduce bills about energy efficiency and health care during the final weeks of the legislature. She's a democrat from Snowmass Village.
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With about five weeks left in Colorado’s legislative session, lawmakers are going over the budget, looking into fighting wildfires and voting on internet access for rural areas. State Senator Gail Schwartz is involved with these efforts. She’s a democrat from Snowmass Village and Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen sat down with her on Sunday. Here is their entire conversation.

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Legal and the Web
10:46 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Colorado Lawmakers Move Forward With Mug Shots Bill

Mug shot sites, like the Smoking Gun, have long been a staple online. While some trade in celebrity mug shots, others publish publically available local mug shots.
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Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 8:15 am

A bipartisan committee at the statehouse has moved forward a bill to make it easier to remove people’s mug shots from commercial websites if they were never convicted of the crime for which they were arrested.

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Elections
8:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

State Law Meant to Ease Process for Voters in November

New rules for voting this November are supposed to streamline the process for voters. But, some clerks fear they could lead to voter fraud.
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Ballots for the November election are being mailed to voters across the state on Tuesday. Some county clerks say this election will be more convenient for voters than past elections, thanks to a new state law. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Oil & Gas
10:58 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

COGA: We Want to Change the Oil and Gas Debate

Drilling in Weld County.
Gabrielle Petron Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences

Some of Colorado’s top oil and gas promoters are worried that lawmakers... and residents... don’t understand the industry. In the coming months, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association plans to talk with both about the effects--and benefits--of drilling. The group hopes to, in their words, change the conversation about the industry... especially in Colorado’s legislature. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher recently spoke with Doug Flanders. He’s the Director of Policy & External Affairs for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. She asked Flanders why. 

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Politics
11:53 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Senator Schwartz Talks Renewable Energy, Water and Hemp

Senator Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village sponsored several bills this session, including a controversial one about renewable energy.
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Senator Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village is looking back on a productive legislative session about a month after it wrapped up. The democrat introduced 35 bills. Most were successful in a democratically-controlled Statehouse. Her bills ranged from water conservation to making hemp a viable commercial product. I sat down with her to discuss these efforts. We began with House Bill 252, one of the most hotly contested measures this session. The now-law requires 18 rural electric cooperatives from Montrose to Gunnison, increase the amount of renewable sources they use.

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