5 Things To Know in the Colorado Legislature

DENVER - Your weekly look at what's coming up at the Colorado Legislature:


After a decade of trying, supporters of a proposal to allow in-state tuition for immigrants illegally in the U.S. will see the measure signed into law on Monday. The signing ceremony will happen at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. The bill's passage was never in doubt this year because Democrats control the Colorado Legislature, but they also got the support of a handful of Republicans this year.


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be in Denver to take part in the dedication Thursday of the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center. Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice, will also be speaking Thursday evening at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.


Discussions are swirling about newly legal marijuana. Some are talking about sending legalization back to voters through an amended tax ballot measure. Marijuana activists want to see the proposed marijuana sales tax drop from 15 percent to 10 percent. Expect lots of backroom maneuvers on marijuana in the Legislature's closing days.


Senate lawmakers this week will debate, and potentially take a final vote on a massive overhaul of how elections are run, including allowing same-day registration and mailing ballots to all voters. Voters would still have the option to vote in person. Democrats sponsoring the bill say it's a bipartisan proposal that has the support of Republican county clerks. But the bill has yet to receive a yes vote from a Republican lawmaker. The bill has already cleared the House.


Lawmakers have spent many long nights at the Capitol, fueled by Chinese food and pizza, to finish what's been a historically hefty legislative session. There's still plenty on their plate in addition to marijuana. Lawmakers will debate big changes to the state's system to fund public schools, unemployment benefits for locked-out workers, and a divisive proposal to raise the renewable-energy standard for rural electric cooperatives. Lawmakers will also anxiously await to see whether the governor signs or vetoes the more controversial bills.

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