Lawmakers have 3 days left to vote on school funding, marijuana rules, pot tax spending, more

DENVER - Colorado lawmakers have just three days left in their 120-day session.

While the basic budget has been approved, there are still several pieces of legislation that must be voted on before the final gavel hits just before midnight Wednesday.

-- SCHOOL FINANCES

Before they wrap up for the year, lawmakers still have to pass one of the most crucial pieces of legislation they decide annually: How to fund public schools.

This year, with extra tax revenue on hand, lawmakers are not only passing the yearly School Finance Act, they're also voting on a piecemeal attempt to implement reforms that failed as a result of voters rejected a $1 billion tax increase last year.

That includes a measure to require more transparency in how districts spend their money, more funds for English-language learners, and dollars for charter schools.

-- MARIJUANA RULES

before they go home, lawmakers still have to decide on whether to allow a banking co-op for recreational marijuana businesses, and if there should be a study on new regulations for pot edibles and purchasing limits on the drug in its concentrated form.

They also are debating how to spend new recreational marijuana tax revenues. A $23 million spending plan has been proposed by the Joint Budget Committee and is making its way through both chambers of the Legislature.

-- WILDFIRES AND FLOODS

Last year's destructive wildfires and historic flooding meant lawmakers had to come up with ways to address the consequences.

Two big-ticket items include a nearly $20 million proposal to fund a state-owned firefighting fleet to spot and attack fires faster, and a measure to forgive the property taxes of people who lost their homes because of floods and wildfires.

-- REVENGE PORN

Several states this year are trying to address the issue of revenge porn -- when people post pictures or videos of their former lovers online to humiliate them.

Colorado is considering a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to publish that material without a person's consent to hast them emotional distress, and offenders would be fined at least $10,000.

A final vote in the Senate is expected this week.

-- MONEY FOR LOWER NORTH FORK FIRE VICTIMS

It's been two years since State Forest Service workers started a wildfire that destroyed 4,000 acres, 22 homes and claimed three lives.

Lawmakers are debating a bill to pay the victims $17.6 million dollars -- the full amount recommended by an independent panel.

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the bill seven to zero on Friday. The bill now goes to the full Senate.

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