Legislature This Week, April 18, 2011

The House and Senate passed an $18 billion budget for fiscal 2012, but differences between the two versions, which are minor, have to be ironed out. The Joint Budget Committee will do that this week and send the revised measure to both chambers for a final vote.

Today: A Western Slope lawmaker has a proposal before the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee that would reverse a 1992 constitutional amendment that bars bear hunting between March and September.

Tuesday: The Senate Finance Committee will hear a bill to restore a sales tax exemption on agricultural products.

Wednesday: A joint legislative panel on congressional redistricting will meet to discuss proposed new district maps.

Thursday: The Senate Education Committee will look at a bill to crack down on bullying in schools.

Next week: The Legislature is entering the final three full weeks of the 2011 session. At this point, the pace that bills are heard in committee or on the floor becomes fast and furious as lawmakers rush to get measures approved (or killed) before the end.

All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website, http://www.leg.state.co.us.


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