Lawmakers to take on receivership, probate abuse

By   /  July 30, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, Judiciary, Legislature, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Abuses by court-appointed receivers and overseers of probate are a growing problem that one state lawmaker wants to address next year.

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Colorado senator says he has no records on his lobbyist-written elderly care bill

By   /  July 24, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

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The state senator who carried a lobbyist-written bill this session on elderly care changes contends he has no records about his interaction with special-interest lobbyists on the topic, highlighting what critics say is a major problem in legislative transparency.

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Taxpayer-funded elderly care services go for-profit after $150,000 in lobbying

By   /  July 22, 2015  /  Colorado, Lobbying, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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An elderly care nonprofit spent about $150,000 writing a bill and then lobbying for an obscure change in state law that could potentially help the company pull in more Medicaid and Medicare cash.

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How effective are lobbyists in Colorado at passing, killing legislation?

By   /  July 16, 2015  /  Colorado, Lobbying, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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With tens of millions of dollars spent on influencing Colorado legislators each year, lobbyists apparently are good at killing legislation but not nearly as proficient at passing bills, a Watchdog.org analysis of 2015 lobbying and legislation results found.

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Colorado lobbying income likely to set a record this year

By   /  July 15, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Colorado, Lobbying, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Colorado lobbyists are on track for another record year, already raking in as much as $19 million since January, lobbying records show.

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Spend, don’t tell: Special interests influence lawmakers, but remain tight lipped

By   /  July 13, 2015  /  Colorado, Lobbying, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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During the 2015 legislative session, Xcel Energy by far spent the most money of special interests lobbying the Colorado Legislature, state records show.

But the public utility, often the sole energy choice for 60 percent of Colorado residents, didn’t want to tell the public about its attempts to influence lawmakers.

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