Freshmen representatives instrumental in last-minute push to pass Open Records law

Weissman said after most his bills were through the process, he too turned to colleagues to help where he thought he could do the most good. “I didn’t want to stop working on things that I thought were important,” Weissman said. “When I came…

Zansberg: Colorado’s Open Records Act much improved

On Thursday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 17-40, which was introduced by Sen. John Kefalas (D, Fort Collins). All Coloradans owe both men, and several other elected officials, a huge debt of gratitude. The new law makes express a guarantee that those…

Trio of bills to support Colorado vets signed by Hickenlooper

Three bills sponsored by Aurora-area representatives to facilitate applying college credit for military service and continue two important veteran-oriented boards were signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper June 1 at the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons in Aurora. … Senate Bill 212, sponsored by…

Lawmakers Consider Reining In Influence of Money in Politics

Colorado lawmakers are being asked to shine some light on how so-called dark money influences political campaigns in the state. Four new bills introduced in the House would set limits on campaign spending and require additional disclosures for who’s footing the bill. Peg Perl,…

Colorado Democrats propose reforms to shed more light on political “dark money”

Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran on Wednesday rolled out a series of bills to require that more “dark money” be disclosed under the state’s campaign finance laws, calling it a necessary step to ensure that out-of-state interests can’t “drown out the voice of our…

EDITORIAL: 2016 Aurora Sentinel picks for Colorado House and Senate – move past economic brinkmanship

The choice is clear in House District 36, opening up to newcomers since state Rep. Su Ryden is term l Democrat Mike Weissman offers a moderate and highly principled approach to legislating. A lawyer, Weissman offers a well-considered, go-slow philosophy to state problems. Weissman…