Lee to serve as vice chairman of House Judiciary Committee

Colorado Springs Rep. Pete Lee will be the vice chairman of the House Judiciary Committee when the Colorado General Assembly reconvenes in January. Lee will serve as deputy to Rep. Daniel Kagan, a Democrat from Cherry Hills Village on the committee, which reviews proposed legislation regarding Colorado’s courts and judges, the state constitution and statures, […]

TBD Colorado: State needs fiscal, constitutional reforms

Colorado needs fiscal and constitutional reforms, according to TBD Colorado, a group set up by Gov. John Hickenlooper to encourage civic engagement in solving the state’s problems. “Our state has endless positive potential,” said TBD Colorado Board Chairman Greg Maffei. “Important, forward-facing actions and decisions must be made to ensure a vibrant future. Analysts from […]

John Morse chosen as state Senate president

Colorado Springs Democrat John Morse will serve as the next Senate president for the Colorado General Assembly. More replaces Senate president Brandon Shaffer, a Democrat from Longmont, who will hold the position until the 2013 legislative session convenes Jan. 9. “The time for politics and elections is behind us,” Morse said in a statement about […]

E-470 officials change toll collection procedures

The administrators of the E-470 toll road to Denver International Airport is launching another redesign and billing process for customers. The toll road has been plagued with late or non-payments since it switched to license plate fees and automatic billing. Officials believe the latest system will be simple, more informative, and gives the customers ample […]

State stocks up on marijuana enforcement SUVs

Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division is giving enforcement vehicles to other state agencies after leasing more vehicles than it has workers. Enforcement officials signed an eight-year lease for two dozen new vehicles, mostly SUVs that cost $30,000 apiece. Months after signing the lease, the agency found fees were not as much as expected and it […]

Hickenlooper asks for more federal aid for wildfires

Gov. John Hickenlooper is asking for more federal help for communities affected by wildfires this summer. The governor sent a letter to President Barack Obama yesterday, seeking additional money.   “The current disaster declaration does not account for the significant infrastructure losses and repairs the communities directly incurred as a result of these wildfires,” the […]

AG warns of scams in aftermath of Waldo Canyon fire

The recent wildfires in the state have sparked a number of scams, according to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. The scams range from fake charity collections to home repair and construction fraud. Consumers may also have problems with their insurance companies or mortgage lenders. Any problems should be reported to the AG’s consumer complaint line […]

Governor creates new early childhood office

Gov. John Hickenlooper has consolidated a number of programs under a new office, the Office of Early Childhood Development. The office will be under  the umbrellas of the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services. It will bring together programs from four divisions within CDHS, including child care licensing, quality initiative, Colorado child care assistance, […]