Apr 8, 2024 - Politics

Capitol Pulse: Colorado legislative session enters final month

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The 2024 legislative session is entering its final stretch and the lawmaking is becoming frenzied.

Why it matters: The last month is often when the most consequential and contentious legislation is debated.

State of play: All eyes are watching for a property tax relief plan from the Democratic-led Legislature, one of the promised measures to address the rising cost of living in Colorado.

Yes, but: There's no public plan yet — and no money set aside in the state budget to offset the potential tax cuts, leaving difficult choices ahead.

What we're watching: The House and Senate approved different versions of the $41 billion state spending bill, and now it returns to the budget committee to reconcile.

  • House lawmakers cut $3.5 million for state prisons and shifted the money to childcare, behavioral health and other areas, but the Senate did not.
  • Higher education also took a cut in the House in order to send $350,000 more to immigration legal defense services.

The intrigue: The more liberal House also approved a bill to allow Colorado cities to sanction supervised drug-use sites. The bill failed a year ago in the Senate and once again faces a veto threat from the governor.


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