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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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