The strange tradition that ends the Colorado legislative session
It's a 5-year-old's dream: Build a ball of rubber bands the size of a mini-basketball, drop it from the upper floors of the Capitol and see how high it can bounce.
Reality check: It happens every year — and it's not a kid, but Colorado state lawmakers who build and drop the ball.
Why it matters: Since 2011, it has served as the ceremonial end to the legislative session, a symbolic release after four months in the pressure cooker.
- In fact, lawmakers compete to see whose ball will bounce highest.
The intrigue: Often, a lawmaker will start building the largest ball, only to see it stolen from them and hidden until the end of the session — just one of the many comical contests that take place inside the broader political game.
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