Capitol Pulse: Colorado lawmakers to press Polis administration
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Colorado lawmakers start the session in an oversight role, quizzing the Polis administration, rather than hearing new bills.
- The one to watch is Wednesday when the new Department of Early Childhood takes the hot seat to discuss the troubled rollout of the state's new pre-K program and what changes need to be made.
Why it matters: The hearings are often mundane and pro-forma, but it gives Republicans one of their few public platforms to question the Democratic governor's work.
What we're watching: Later in the week, a key priority of Gov. Jared Polis lands in the spotlight with the Commission on Property Tax meeting Friday.
- Polis recently put a wrench in the discussions by saying any property tax relief that uses surplus state revenues under TABOR must also come with an income tax cut — which Democrats are balking at.
Catch up quick: In the first few days, lawmakers introduce more than 130 bills. Some of the eye-catching ideas so far:
- Add a twice-a-year back-to-school sales tax holiday on clothing, backpacks, computers and more, as well as a year-round sales tax exemption on items for babies and toddlers.
- Exempt college textbooks from the sales tax to make them more affordable.
- Create a "Don't Tread on Me" Gadsden flag license plate — an issue that revives a debate about the message which Polis defended ast year.
- Require all school buses bought or leased after July 1 to have air conditioning.
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