Mar 14, 2022 - News

Colorado lawmakers at halfway mark: What's done and what's dead

Illustration of the Colorado State Capitol with lines radiating from it.

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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…

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…

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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