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1 year 7 months ago

Oregon lawmakers advance teen tanning ban

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon lawmakers have advanced a bill that would ban minors from using indoor tanning beds. The House voted 38-18 in favor of the bill Thursday. The measure now heads to the state Senate. Supporters include medical professionals who point to research that shows a link between...

1 year 7 months ago

Ga. lawmakers debate easing gun carrying rules

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers will debate rules Thursday that could allow more mentally ill people to carry firearms, though hasty changes may blunt some of the impact. The issue arose as House Republicans make a last-minute push on legislation permitting school districts to arm their employees and allowing those...

1 year 7 months ago

Lawmakers get violent emails over gun control

DENVER (AP) - Lawmakers are becoming the target of aggressive and sometimes threatening emails and phone calls as the debate over stricter gun laws escalates in state capitols. In one Colorado case, emails and a letter to state Rep. Rhonda Fields were so charged with profanity and references to violence...

2 years 4 months ago

Sex offender residing at lawmakers home

DENVER (AP) - Court records show a state lawmaker who voted against a comprehensive rewrite of Colorado's sex-offender registration laws has a convicted sex offender living at his house. The Denver Post reports 32-year-old Michael Frierson lives at Republican Rep. Randy Baumgardner's address in Hot Sulphur Springs. Frierson pleaded guilty...

2 years 7 months ago

Co lawmakers pay could be in trouble

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers would have to forgo their pay and benefits if they don't agree on a budget on time under a proposal that gets its first hearing in the state Senate. Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer, the bill sponsor, says the idea is a popular one with...

2 years 8 months ago

Employers could get to check credit before hiring

DENVER (AP) - Lawmakers will hear testimony on a bill to prohibit employers from using consumer credit information against potential employees unless they're applying for a job that involves financial decisions. Democrats sponsoring the proposal say the use of credit information creates barriers for people who have recently lost...

2 years 9 months ago

Teacher tenure rules could see changes

DENVER (AP) - A new statewide teacher rating system in Colorado could be among the first measures awaiting state lawmakers Wednesday. The new four-tier rating system was approved by the state Board of Education after two years of work crafting new rules related to giving teachers job protections called...

2 years 11 months ago

Lawmakers willing to change military benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's promise of lifetime health care for the military's men and women is suddenly a little less sacrosanct as Congress looks for ways to slash trillion-dollar-plus deficits. Republicans and Democrats are signaling a willingness to make military retirees pay more for coverage. It's a reflection...

3 years 2 months ago

After accidents, tougher pipeline rules proposed

Republican and Democratic lawmakers are considering plans that could spur major upgrades to the nation's aging energy pipelines, driven by a string of recent oil spills, deadly natural gas blasts and what they call federal regulators' inaction. Since last summer, major pipeline accidents have destroyed neighborhoods in California and...

3 years 2 months ago

Deficit panel members shouldn't fundraise

WASHINGTON (AP) - A campaign finance watchdog group suggests that the lawmakers eventually picked for a congressional deficit-reduction panel abstain from all political fundraising. The group Public Campaign says the panel's 12 yet-to-be-named embers will come under intense pressure by corporate interests to maintain special tax loopholes, unwarranted subsidies and...

3 years 2 months ago

SC lawmakers take credit for shift in Boehner plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The five Republicans in South Carolina's congressional delegation collectively are taking credit for pushing House Speaker John Boehner to take a more conservative approach to finding a debt deal. The lawmakers, four of them freshmen, have bonded for months over their conservative ideals, shared religious devotion and...

3 years 6 months ago

State lawmakers telling schools to play

Colorado lawmakers from the House and Senate have reached an agreement on a bill that would require 30 minutes of exercise in elementary schools every day to help combat childhood obesity. "It's a shame that there would need to be legislation requiring something that is so valuable and that...

3 years 7 months ago

Pot docs face new rules in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's dispute over which doctors can recommend medical marijuana could become more confusing this week when state health authorities consider tighter limits at the same time lawmakers debate conflicting rules. One question is whether doctors with conditions on their medical licenses - such as a surgeon...

4 years 2 weeks ago

Children's groups rally against tax measures

Colorado lawmakers, firefighters, school officials and children's organizations are gathering to speak out against three tax-limiting initiatives on the November ballot. Tuesday's rally at the state Capitol is being organized by opponents from Every Child Matters and Tennyson Center for Children. They say the initiatives will be harmful to...

4 years 2 months ago

Auditors say Colorado pension plan recovering

Colorado's state pension fund is back on track toward solvency after state lawmakers became the first in the nation to cut retiree benefits to prevent its pension system from going broke. Thomas Cavanaugh, an actuary for Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting, told lawmakers Monday that they would have to spend 40...

4 years 2 months ago

PERA solvency review due today

Colorado lawmakers are getting an update on the health of the state employee retirement plan. The legislature cut benefits this year to keep the plan from going broke. Under the new law retirees got no cost of living increase this year instead of the normal 3.5 percent increase. ...

4 years 2 months ago

Pueblo council split on immigration reform vote

On Monday, Pueblo city council has passed a resolution urging Colorado lawmakers to support comprehensive federal immigration reform. The resolution passed 5 to 2, with council members Vera Ortegon and Judy Weaver voting against it. The resolution reads as follows: The Pueblo City Council urges our United States Senators for...

4 years 5 months ago

Lawmakers agree to extend unemployment benefits

Lawmakers have agreed on legislation to extend expanded unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed through the end of the year. Laid off workers would also continue to get subsidies to buy health insurance through the COBRA program. House and Senate leaders announced the deal Thursday morning on a bill...

4 years 6 months ago

Tuition hike? Try $300 million!

Cash-strapped Colorado families trying to put their kids through college are about to get a real shocker from the state legislature--lawmakers unveiled a major overhaul Wednesday of the state's college tuition program that seeks to raise an additional $300 million by requiring parents and students to pay more. If...

4 years 6 months ago

Colorado lawmakers reviewing workers' comp

A Senate committee is holding hearings on plans to keep a tighter rein on Colorado's workers' compensation program. The Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing legislation Wednesday that would change the makeup of the board of directors, cap the company's surplus and limit surveillance. Lawmakers say the company needs tighter regulation...

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