Colorado lawmakers at halfway mark: What's done and what's dead
Colorado lawmakers are at the halfway mark of the 120-day legislative session with the big-ticket measures still in the works.
State of play: The second half of the legislative term is always the most consequential, with a flurry of 11th-hour activity.
Here's a look at where the session stands:
What's done: Gov. Jared Polis has signed 33 bills, and a handful more are headed his way. The new measures…
- Add privacy protections for health care workers amid increased threats related to the pandemic.
- Send an additional $91 million to school districts to address an undercount of at-risk students.
- Express support for Ukraine and the Biden administration's sanctions on Russia.
What's dead: Democrats spent the first months of the term killing Republican-led bills, while only a few Democratic bills have died. The rejected bills would have…
- Banned hunting and trapping mountain lions, bobcats and lynx for sport.
- Spent $500,000 on a study of nuclear power as a green-energy resource.
- Allowed income tax credits for employers who institute policies to reduce car travel to work among employees.
- Required school districts to post educational materials and curriculum online.
What to watch: Colorado lawmakers have billions more to spend this year, and the legislation to allocate the money is just emerging.
- A series of bills would allocate about $1 billion in federal aid to build more affordable housing units, add new and fund existing mental health programs.
- The state budget package is expected to come up later this month. It will increase state spending across the board, including new money for law enforcement and state environmental regulators.
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