At Session Midpoint, Colorado Lawmakers Have Plenty Pending

March 7, 2015 7:35 PM

At Session Midpoint, Colorado Lawmakers Have Plenty Pending
" DENVER (AP) – What’s been a sleepy legislative session is about to ramp up as Colorado lawmakers head into the final two months with significant debates pending, including the annual budget, increasing oversight on police, and whether to pass new fracking regulations.

At the halfway point of the session Saturday, few proposals have passed, and the ones that have succeeded have been minor or technical.

Call it a consequence of the division of powers at the statehouse, with Democrats controlling the House and Republicans the Senate.

As Democratic House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst bluntly put it: “We are killing a few of the ideological bills coming from the Senate. There are a few of ours that may get the same treatment.”

Whatever victories each party has achieved have been largely symbolic.

Senate Republicans are advancing a repeal of a 15-round ammunition magazine limit, and an expansion of background checks for private and online sales. Both laws were adopted by Democrats in 2013 when they controlled both chambers.

While those repeal bills are expected to pass the Senate, they’re doomed in the House. Some have already been rejected.

“We’re not going backwards,” Hullinghorst said "

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