Only five weeks left in session and politicians still have plenty to do

Apr 5, 2017

Colorado lawmakers still have several significant and complicated bills to work on in the last five weeks of the session.

One of those bills is aimed at funding local and statewide transportation projects. Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham of Canon City is the main sponsor of a plan to put a tax increase on this fall’s ballot. If approved by voters, it would increase sales taxes by a little over a half cent.

“That’s the nature of the beast down here,” he said. “There’s always something going on here at the end of the session and this is what it is this year, and they’re big.”

Another bi-partisan bill aims to spur condo development by changing how people handle construction defect lawsuits. Republicans are also running a measure that would put more money into rural schools and hospitals. All those bills are expected to be heard in committee next week.