Gold Dome: Courts Take on Immigration

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An immigration judge yesterday ordered the release of Rene Lima-Marin from ICE custody and ordered prosecutors to drop the deportation case against him. Lima-Marin was detained by ICE in May after being released from federal prison.

Further PERA reforms are back at the capitol as a new law under consideration would address the fund’s sinking funding levels. PERA officials will tour the state to discuss just how the changes could affect virtually everyone.

Denver’s affordable housing plan involves providing legally binding mediation for tenants in eviction cases as well as a financial aid fund and a tenants’ bill of rights.

A state grant awarded to Larimer County could lead to a doubling of the number of mental health specialists working with law enforcement.

A new campaign finance law for school board races is having ripple effects through state races all the way up to the governor’s race by requiring candidates to file daily reports far ahead of the primaries

The Colorado Supreme Court deferred to a federal law and struck down a case that banned immigrant smuggling. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman plans to appeal the decision.

Regional transportation officials on the Western Slope are hoping to land state funding for safety upgrades on Colorado Highway 13, a frequently used detour when I-70 is shut down.

Longmont’s City Council lifted a marijuana ban that could allow a handful of recreational and medical pot shops to open in the city.

Scott Pruitt’s EPA announced Monday the end of an Obama-era carbon emissions rule that capped greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Despite the end of the clean power plan (more on that below), several oil and gas drillers operating in Colorado received fines over the past few months, racking up a total just shy of half a million dollars.

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