Gold Dome: Sen. Baumgardner to Retire

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State Sen. Randy Baumgardner announced Monday that he will resign, following allegations of sexual misconduct that arose during the last legislative session. As for why now? He said the decision is “in light of new opportunities” for his family.

State Rep. Joann Ginal was selected this week to serve out the term of Sen. John Kefalas, who was elected to the Larimer County commission.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted unanimously to increase drilling operation setbacks from schools. Wells now need to be located 1,000 feet from school buildings.

An effort to bring ranked-choice voting to Pueblo is gaining support that could bring it to the statewide 2020 ballot.

Denver’s City Council will consider a bill that would ban conversion therapy, in response to a recommendation from the city’s Office of Human Rights and Community Partnerships. And the state government seems likely to follow suit.

Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, was back in court yesterday arguing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission is again harassing him because of his religious beliefs.

With Democrats in control of the state legislature, 2019 could see several significant labor bills, including a bill related to family leave, retirement savings accounts, equal pay and minimum wage increases.

In the wake of the news that a Texas judge ruled the ACA unconstitutional, Colorado Attorney General-elect Phil Weiser vowed to work with other state AGs in reversing the decision and defending the law.

The U.S. Senate voted to pass a major criminal justice reform bill that reduces some convicts sentences while also changing the discrepancy in sentencing for crack versus cocaine.

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