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Colorado state news and state government coverage. 

Gov. John Hickenlooper is set to deliver his second-to-last State of the State address at 11 a.m. on Jan. 12. His prepared remarks touch on many issues, including economic development, health care and marijuana. 

Improving roads, easing traffic congestion and making broadband available to all parts of Colorado are some of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s top priorities for the upcoming legislative session that begins Wednesday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper is entering his second to last legislative session as governor. He said he’s very aware of his time in office being limited, and that colored his discussion on his goals for the upcoming legislative session.

Democratic Sen. Lucia Guzman, representing Denver, is the only legislative leader returning to her role, but it’s something she didn’t expect.

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Republican Sen. Kevin Grantham will lead the state Senate in 2017, where his party held onto its one-seat majority. He represents district 2 and says he’s the first rural senate president in over four decades.

Republican Patrick Neville is only serving his second term in office, but he recently rose to the highest position in his caucus —  house minority leader.

Crisanta Duran will serve as the top lawmaker in the state House of Representatives next session, leading the 65-member chamber as speaker of the house. She will also be the first Latina to serve in that role in state history.

Colorado’s economy is starting to stabilize and showing signs of moderate growth according to the latest economic forecast released earlier this week.

Several hundred people descended on Colorado’s state capitol on Monday to protest the Electoral College process and watch the state’s nine electors’ vote. One elector was replaced after he failed to vote for Hillary Clinton. He could face up to one year in jail or a $1,000 fine.

With increasing populations and out-of-state travelers, there are more drivers on Colorado’s roads than ever before.

Studies show that youth spend less than ten minutes a day outside in unstructured play.  In an effort to combat this national issue, Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded roughly $13 million in grants to communities across the state, to encourage children to appreciate, enjoy and take care of the great outdoors.

The Inspire Initiative, launched last year with six pilot projects, ties into the state plan of having every resident within a ten-minute walk or bike ride to a park or open space within a generation.

A state court ruled on Dec. 13 that Colorado’s nine presidential electors must vote for the winner of the popular vote in Colorado, Hillary Clinton. 

Colorado lawmakers are already preparing for possible changes from the incoming Trump administration. 

A lawsuit challenging the state’s Electoral College will be heard in federal court on Monday.

A new state website will allow residents to track how state government is performing in five key areas – including education, the economy, energy and the environment.

Lawmakers on the joint budget committee have questions about how the state is managing wildlife programs and hunting and fishing permits.

Two members of Colorado’s Electoral College have filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court challenging the electoral college system and the way Colorado binds electors.

Colorado is expected to see modest job growth next year across many industries. The new economic outlook was released Monday by CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. 

State transportation officials addressed lawmakers Thursday about new ways to fund roads and bridges, and about being ready for any changes at the federal level.

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The state’s planning group on aging is calling for a new position to coordinate services, programs, spending and the needs of Colorado’s growing aging population. The group released recommendations on Tuesday. 

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