This week in the Legislature — Feb. 7, 2011

Committee hearings will begin to heat up in the next couple of weeks with several measures that focus on such things as immigration and the state’s fiscal problems, some of which likely will make lawmakers work late into the evening.

Today: The Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will hear two measures: one to end former Gov. Bill Ritter’s partnership agreements with state workers; and one to prevent the governor and Legislature from using severance tax dollars for anything other than their intended purpose, such as grants to local governments.

Tuesday: The Senate Local Government & Energy Committee will try for a third time to hold a confirmation hearing for Reeves Brown as executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

The first time, Brown couldn’t attend because of an ill son; the second time, the Senate was closed because of bad weather.

Wednesday: The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will consider a bill to allow unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in primary elections.

Thursday: The House Judiciary Committee will consider a bill adjusting provisions of last year’s new regulations on medical marijuana.

Next week: A Senate committee will consider phasing out the business personal property tax and reversing a suspension of sales tax exemptions on out-of-state retailers.

Meanwhile, a House panel will look at strengthening the state’s illegal-immigration laws and prohibiting the use of severance taxes for anything other than their intended purpose.

All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website at


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