Marijuana, Fires Dominate Final Legislative Day

May 7, 2014 7:42 PM

Marijuana, Fires Dominate Final Legislative Day
" DENVER (AP) – Banking for marijuana businesses and property tax forgiveness for disaster victims headlined the final day of the Colorado Legislature on Wednesday, though the last hours were lacking the drama of many past sessions.

Since the Jan. 8 start of the session, Colorado lawmakers have mostly behaved as many expected in an election year: Muted. They had a number of bills to decide, but there wasn’t a lot of controversy.

One of the biggest ticket bills remaining near the end of the session was a spending plan to boost per-pupil funding for schools next year. The bill was passed Tuesday by the Senate and Wednesday by the House, which sent it to the governor with a standing ovation.

“I think this is something that we can all be proud of,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Frisco.

Lawmakers were still working to finalize a banking plan for marijuana businesses and decide whether to forgive the property taxes of people whose homes were destroyed during last year’s floods and wildfires.

Those debates were expected to be quick, albeit grueling, as lawmakers try to finalize details on proposals at the 11th hour of the 120-day session "

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