By a narrow margin that took until last night to confirm, Denver voters approved a measure to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. Under Initiative 301, it would remain a crime to possess psilocybin, but it would become a very low priority for law enforcement. Election officials stressed that the results won’t be certified until May 16.
IN LOCAL NEWS
STEM School Shooting Suspects Have First Court Appearances
The teenagers accused of killing one student and injuring eight others in the Douglas County school shooting earlier this week had their first day in court yesterday. One of the suspects is a juvenile, and at this time District Attorney George Brauchler hasn’t decided whether to charge him as an adult.
Rep. Jason Crow Introduces Bill in Response to Sol Pais Incident
Rep. Jason Crow, a Democrat from Aurora, proposed a congressional bill that would slow gun sales to out-of-staters. The bill comes after an 18-year-old Floridian woman came to Colorado and purchased a shotgun, prompting a manhunt and school closures.
PUC to Oversee Tri-State Plan
State lawmakers just gave the Colorado Public Utilities Commission more authority over rural power provider Tri-State. Tri-State now has to have its resource plans approved by the PUC.
Attorneys General Back Cannabis Banking Solution
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is leading a coalition of 38 state AGs pushing Congress to legalize pot banking. Seventeen state treasurers have also lent their support to a bill to accomplish that, which is sponsored by Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
House Committee Demands Counterintel Info From Mueller Probe
Not long after the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Bill Barr in contempt, the House Intelligence Committee issued the U.S. Attorney General a new subpoena — for the counterintelligence material the Trump-Russia probe has gathered.
Decision Expected on Whether Dems Will Sue for Trump Tax Returns
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal, a Democrat, will decide Thursday whether to go to court to seek the president’s tax returns. The committee has requested, but not yet sued or subpoenaed for, the tax information from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
If He Can’t Read, It Must Proceed
The judge in the R. Kelly sex abuse civil suit had entered a default judgment against the singer after he’d failed to respond to the lawsuit. She vacated that judgment after R. Kelly’s lawyers argued that he’s illiterate.
Cruise Line Faces Class Action After Disastrous Voyage
In March, an engine failure left a Viking Cruises ship and its 1,300 passengers stranded near Norway. A New Jersey couple is suing the company for negligence for navigating into hazardous weather conditions.
SF City Attorney Opens Probe Into Vaccination Exemptions
A San Francisco pediatrician is under investigation for giving parents vaccination exemptions that they didn’t qualify for, in violation of California state law.
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