Legislation expanding Colorado’s tax incentives for electric vehicles could mean over $99 million less in revenue for the state’s general fund at a time when Democratic lawmakers are looking for ways to raise tax revenue.
Colorado Republicans notched a victory in their efforts to slow down the speedy movement of a controversial oil and gas regulation bill thanks to a temporary restraining order granted by a Denver judge.
Colorado Republicans made an attempt to delay the speedy movement of a sweeping oil and gas industry regulation bill by requesting the reading of an unrelated 2,000 page bill on the Senate floor.
Colorado’s Democratic-controlled House on Monday approved a controversial “red flag” gun control bill that would allow courts to order the temporary seizure of firearms from individuals deemed to be a risk.
A Colorado House committee killed a bill that would have prohibited restaurants from giving customers plastic straws unless requested.
A bill that would allow Colorado minors to operate lemonade stands and other small businesses in the state without being required to obtain licenses or permits is being considered by the General Assembly.
Colorado’s constitution requires voters to approve all tax hikes or issued debt because of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), an amendment passed in 1992. But some experts say Democratic lawmakers will use other avenues – such as “fees,” which courts have said are exempt from TABOR – to raise revenue, a practice legislators have already taken advantage of.
Denver officials are researching the potential of a plastic bag ban in the city once the newly elected Democratic legislature clears the way.